It's hard for a book about the Doors, even one as good as this one by Mick Wall, to be anything other than a biography of Jim Morrison. The troubled, charismatic lead singer with fashion-model good looks and a honeyed baritone propelled the band to stardom even as he seemed to do everything he could to alienate the other members of the group and ensure its failure. Morrison burned up all the oxygen in every room. He was a nasty, nasty man. The things he did to women can't be discussed here. Then again, many of the greatest artists are total amateurs as human beings. Not everybody makes a perfect roommate or lover, yet sometimes great art appears to flow almost effortlessly from people you'd cross the street to avoid.
Morrison was a handful early on; he was kicked out of Cub Scouts for flouting the rules and mocking his den mother, and many high school classmates remember him as angry and drunk. Once out of the house, he seemed to have no relationship with his father, a navy Rear-Admiral, and he told people that his parents were dead when they weren't. Arrested for a prank as a freshman at Florida State University, he ended up at UCLA, graduating from its film school in 1965.
Kirby, D. (2015, October 14). Morrison's storm and the Doors that rode on it, changing the sound of US rock 'n' roll. Retrieved from www.afr.com