at The Beat Museum, San Francisco: Hunky Jim Morrison of the DOORS band

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    Time magazine article dated July 16, 2007 "How Jim Morrison Died- here is the link
    www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1643884,00.html

    I added info. on his biographical information- Interesting reading! I took this photo of a book cover in San Francisco.

    American rock singer and rock lyric who achieved after his death a cult position among fans. Morrison wished to be accepted as a serious artist, and he published such collections of poetry as An American Prayer (1970) and The Lords and The New Creatures (1971). The song lyrics Morrison wrote for The Doors much reflected the tensions of the time - drug culture, the antiwar movement, avant-garde art. With his early death Morrison has been seen as a voluntary victim of the destructive forces in pop culture. However, he was not ignorant about the consequences of fame and his position as an idol. Morrison once confessed that "We're more interested in the dark side of life, the evil thing, the night time."

    James Douglas Morrison was born in Melbourne, Florida, on December 8, 1943. His father, Steve Morrison, was a U.S. Navy admiral.

    Morrison's drinking, exhibitionistic performances, and drug-taking badly affected his singing and input at recordings. "Let's just say I was testing the bounds of reality," he confessed in 1969 in Los Angeles. "I was curious to see what would happen. That's all it was: just curiosity." In Miami in 1969 the audience thought it saw Jim's "snake" - he was charged with exposing himself on stage, in full view of 10.000 people. The police did not arrest him on the spot, for fear that it would cause a riot. Next year Morrison was sentenced 8 months' hard labor and a $500 fine for "profanity" and "indecent exposure", but he remained free while the sentence was appealed against.

    After Miami everything changed and Morrison put his leather pants in a closet. He grew a beard, started to take distance to his fans, and devote more time with projects outside the band. After finishing sessions for a new album, L.A. Woman, Morrison escaped to Paris, where he hoped to follow literary career. "See me change," he sang. He never came back from Paris. On 3 July 1971 Morrison was found death in his bathtub. He had regurgitated a small amount of blood on the night of July 2, but claimed he felt fine. Recently had consulted a local doctor concerning a respitory problem.

    Morrison was buried at Pére Lachaise cemetary in Paris, which houses remains of many famous artists, statesmen and legendaries from Edith Piaf to Oscar Wilde. In 1990 his graffitti-covered headstone was stolen. Pamela Courson Morrison, died in Hollywood of heroin overdose on April 25, 1974. In 1979 Francis Ford Coppola used The Doors' performance of 'The End' in his Vietnam War film, Apocalypse Now, and in 1991 director Oliver Stone made the film biography The Doors, starring Val Kilmer. Wilderness: The Lost Writings of Jim Morrison was published in 1989. It was compiled from the Morrison literary estate by his friends.

    a link to some of his POETRY: www.huddersfield1.co.uk/poetry/morrisonpoetry.htm

    1. qt flickr ages ago | reply

      Oooh baby, light my fire!

    2. ArtsySF©Marjie ages ago | reply

      Thanks so much Qt flickr.! I think that he was one of the better looking band guys. Too bad he didn't last any longer than he did.

    3. deb sidelinger ages ago | reply

      I loved his music and his poetry at an impressionable time in my life. I still do think he was a genius. I visited his grave at Pere La Chaise at a time when you could walk up to it and touch it. (Now of course it is fenced off and you can't get near it).

      Thanks for sharing this :) Brings back memories.

    4. Balalalu ages ago | reply

      Nice job on the Bio. I saw the Doors in concert many times. He was a poet and way before his time. ;-)

    5. John Graham X ages ago | reply

      For GWSF:

      You are standing on the corner of Haight Street and the year 1968.

      Do I need to be more specific in terms of placement in the time-space continuum? ;-)

    6. allentomdude ages ago | reply

      You're still on Haight steet in the present, but you've moved over to the old Rock n Bowl, which is now Amoeba Music

    7. ArtsySF©Marjie ages ago | reply

      Hi David Gallagher- Yes, you are correct- this is also from The Beat Museum....

    8. Violetaaaa ages ago | reply

      Love his music and poetry!!!!!!!!!

    9. ArtsySF©Marjie ages ago | reply

      I added data today: Time Magazine article dated July 16, 2007 "How Jim Morrison Died- here is the link: www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1643884,00.html

    10. mokelumne-kid ages ago | reply

      ArtsySF- did you ever see him live? You, as I recall, were living within striking distance. I was within easy driving distance of SF but was about 1.5 years too young to hit the '68-'69 scene at the Fillmore unless one of my older siblings was up for it..

    11. ArtsySF©Marjie ages ago | reply

      @ mokelumme-kid - no, I never saw him live, but sure wish that I did.

    12. ArtsySF©Marjie ages ago | reply

      Here are the lyrics to one of their hottest hits: "Light My Fire"

      "Light My Fire"

      You know that it would be untrue
      You know that I would be a liar
      If I was to say to you girl
      We couldn't get much higher

      Come on baby, light my fire
      Come on baby, light my fire
      Try to set the night on fire

      Oh, the time to hesitate is through
      There's no time to wallow in the mire
      If I was to say to you
      That our love becomes a funeral pyre

      Come on baby, light my fire
      Come on baby, light my fire
      Try to set the night on fire

      Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
      Oh oh
      Mmmm, yeah
      Oh oh

      Light my fire
      Light my fire yeah yeah
      Mmmm, yeah

      The time to hesitate is through
      There's no time to wallow in the mire
      Try now we can only lose
      And our love becomes a funeral pyre

      Come on baby, light my fire
      Come on baby, light my fire
      Try to set the night on fire
      Yeah

      Come on baby light my fire
      Come on baby light, light my fire
      Light my fire, light my fire, light my fire
      Whoa, yeah
      Light, light, light, light, light, girl

      All you've got to do is light my fire
      You gotta light it girl
      You gotta light it yeah
      Light my fire, light my fire, light my fire,
      Whoa, yeah
      Light, light, light, light, light, girl, girl

    13. Neru-al 102 months ago | reply

      Well I just got into town about an hour ago, took a look around see which way the wind blow. Where the little girls in their Hollywood bungalows? Are you a lucky little lady in the city of light? Or just another lost angel, city of night.

      Jim Morrison was such a beautiful, wonderful soul :)

    14. Enchanticals ~I'm Coming Back 99 months ago | reply

      sigh.... Heartbreaking... Marsha

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