Among the many gods and myths of the sixties and seventies, Jim Morrison seems to embody the era perfectly. Young, passionate, in love with Romantic poetry, fiery, and unexpected, the would-be frontman for The Doors broke ties with the strict household he was raised in, to become the voice of a generation that wanted to move forward. For many, his image has become a bold legend of nonconformity and sexual awakening. Coming on to the scene in the sixties, when people were starting to erode the prudish traits of the preceding decade, Morrison turned into the poster boy of a youth inspired by utopian ideas of nineteenth century poets that became the anti-war hippie movements, which also paved the way for the sexual revolution.
When we think of Morrison, we think of his onstage persona, his relationship to Pamela Courson, and, of course, of his untimely death. But there was more to him than that rockstar façade. There was an artist who wanted to be heard more than adored, who struggled with his art being just seen as something for the masses, rather than the poetry with which he dreamed of changing the world. The following are excerpts and phrases he made through his lyrics, poems, and a rather candid interview with Creem magazine’s Lizzie James a year before his death. They show us who Jim Morrison was, beyond the legend of the Lizard King. This was the heart of a man who dreamed of being a truly free spirit.
Suárez, M. (2017, April 11). 8 Love Lessons We Learned From The Lizard King, Jim Morrison. Retrieved from www.culturacolectiva.com