Death (1971)

Have you ever wondered why you listen to music?
Why are you that addicted to it? Do you control yourself while listening to it? Can you quit it whenever you want? What makes all those legendary artists that good? Is their talent spontaneous or do they simply get better with time?

Well, sometimes it's a little more than that…

It's at this point where it starts to get very debatable. All of rock and roll fans, including me, want their questions answered. Is rock and roll the devil's music? Are rockstars really possessed by Satan? Is he really using them to spread his philosophy?

I'm going to try, through several articles and after many researches, to talk about how all the bands who have been a huge influence to many generations, starting from the 1960's till now; The Doors, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix… were related with Satan on many occasions.

Let's start with one of the most iconic, charismatic, and pioneering frontmen in rock music history; Jim Morisson, the lead singer of The Doors.

Morisson and Aleister Crowley

One of the many things you don't know about Jim, is that he was deeply into Aleister Crowley, who was probably the biggest Satanist that ever lived. Crowley believed himself to be the prophet of a new age and claimed to have been contacted by a supernatural entity named Aiwass.

The Doors

This is a picture of The Doors, with a little Aleister Crowley statue near Morisson.

Indian Souls

Jim himself had no idea what was onto him…
The Doors, the band who had its name inspired from 'The Doors of Perception', a novel by Aldous Huxley who was a drug mystic who talked about his experiences with psychedelic drugs and their meaning for art and religion, had released in 1978 their ninth album, An American Prayer.

Just before this album, Jim talked in an interview about when he first encountered being possessed. At first, he believed it was the souls of Indians. He said: "The reaction I get now thinking about it, looking back—is that the souls of the ghosts of those dead Indians… maybe one or two of 'em… were just running around freaking out, and just leaped into my soul. And they're still in there."
Explaining the Indian dances he performed onstage.

'When the Music's Over'

A lot of times, people don't pay attention to lyrics.


"When the music's over, turn off the lights."
"Cancel my subscription to the resurrection. Send my credentials to the house of detention. I got some friends inside."

It has been proven that these words are built on world conquest and rebellion against the great judgment of the day of resurrection, which I don't know if you believe so or not, is Satan's big revolution plan through the hippie movement and freeing the mind and the body.

Jim repeats powerfully and loudly in the end: "We want the world and we want it now… NOW!"
These aren't my words, Jim recognized later that he had contacted Satan and that's where he got his music.

Venice Beach

After Jim Morisson left school because of his bad grades, he went down to Venice, where he was lonely and hurt, he was seeking power. And that's where he received many of his songs—according to his biography—and admitted that the words were given to him.

In the book, he says it was his subconscious, but in his journals, he precisely identifies the spirit he met on Venice beach, that it was Satan.

"In that year there was an intense visitation of energy. I left school and went down to the beach to live. I slept on a roof. At night the moon became a woman's face. I met the spirit of music."

This is what a copy of his journals contained. Who's the spirit of music? He says on the next page: "An appearance of the devil on a Venice canal. Running, I saw a Satan or a Satyr, moving beside me, a fleshy shadow of my secret mind. Running. Knowing."

The Ray Manzarek Confession

What's more amazing, is that it wasn't Jim alone who had admitted it, but also his band members, including Ray Manzarek.

Ray admits in an interview in the late 1980's that Jim was definitely possessed.
"Jim's contribution to music is that Jim was real, real on stage, real when he wrote his songs, when he sang his songs on the studio. He was not a performer. He was not an entertainer. He was not a showman. He was a shaman. He was possessed, man!!"

A shaman is a member of certain tribal societies who acts as a medium between the visible world and an invisible spirit world and who practices magic or sorcery for purposes of healing, divination, and control over natural events…

'Shaman's blues'. Does that ring a bell?

"Fifteen thousand people would just be hushed, stopped, not even breathing. Man, when I was on stage with the guy, I don't know who was playing the organ. Sure, it was my fingers, but…" Implying that the same forces who took control of Jim Morisson, took control of his fingers.

Other Voices

Well what you're gonna see now is like something you'd see on an exorcism. This next footage from The Doors concert in London in 1968 shows something that left hundreds of rock and roll journalists completely speechless. Different voices were coming out of Jim (which explains when Ray said that Jim was controlled by many personalities).

It was very obvious that Jim wasn't controlling himself and sweating a lot more than usual… This was not human.


Morisson's Death

They say the same evil spirits who brought "Mr Mojo Risin"—as he likes to refer to himself—to fame, power and fortune, also brought him down to destruction. Researchers say that demonic beings have used Jim's body as a puppet to influent many generations. He died at 27 only a month after the death of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Morisson admitted that he had to drink "To silent the constant voices of the demons…", which ended up killing him.

And that's just really sad. Although these rockstars whom we look up to and think of them as our idols had fame and fortune, they lived a life of absolute misery. They were clueless about where their greatness came from, something that many passionate rock fanatics don't know. That's the point where you start questioning everything.

Bilal Lamrabtene (2014, January 24). Rock and roll myths: Was Jim Morrison really possessed? : vinyleMAG. Retrieved February 2, 2014, from
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