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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; Reprint edition (September 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446602280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446602280
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Richardson on July 1, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book in 1984 and I have re-read it several times in the intervening years. The story of how it came to be published is quite well-known. Jerry Hopkins is a journalist who interviewed Jim Morrison on several occasions during his lifetime. After Morrison dies, Hopkins began work on a biography. Following several unsuccessful years of attempting to get the completed biography published, Jerry Hopkins meets Danny Sugerman. Sugerman was a teenage admirer of The Doors and eventually wrangled an office job out of a sympathetic Morrison (a more complete story of Sugerman is told in his autobiography "Wonderland Avenue"). In any event, Sugerman adds his perspective and personal anecdotes to the story and, helped by the resurgence of interest in the music of The Doors, the book is eventually published in 1980.

I think the argument that the book is hero-worship is only partially true. Certainly Danny Sugerman had feelings for Morrison that were akin to idolatry and that comes across in the book. On the other hand, Jerry Hopkins was a working journalist and his professionalism and research is also evident. While reading the book it is in most instances possible to determine what was written by Hopkins and what was penned by Sugerman. I suppose this incongruity might be irksome to some but the narrative does flow and does not detract from the overall story of the life of Jim Morrison.

In the almost 20 years that have elapsed since I first read No One Here Gets Out Alive I have read everything I could get my hands on that in any way concerned Jim Morrison and The Doors. I have yet to read a more definitive account or one which largely contradicted anything contained in this book.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Booklover on February 2, 2006
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You won't be able to put this book down. I fall asleep with it on my face! One thing I learned from it is that his massive intelligence, his beautiful, mature voice and the physical magnificance of Morrison were not enough to make me want to be around him after I learned about what he was like personally. He had so many offensive obsessions that you'll learn about. He had a brilliant mind and I love reading how he kept notebooks of thoughts and book passages, but he could be cruel and decadent, which turned me off toward him as a PERSON. This book will keep you riveted if you want to learn about Morrison as a person. You also learn about his relationship with his wife. He must've been a lot to put up with. As much as he is appealing, just as much of him is a turnoff. For such a beautiful, manly voice, he acted like an immature brat most of the time. I'm not one to look for the worst in a person, but this book sure opened up the light on Morrison as a person. Creative people are always self-destructive! You will love this book if you want to know more about JM, even if you don't like the PERSON that JM was. I also like LIGHT MY FIRE if you want some of the ideas behind their music, which is something that I like. Jim wrote the second verse of LIGHT MY FIRE right upon hearing the first verse (I think it was written by the guitar player, Robby). I heartily recommend this book.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 11, 2001
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First I must tell you that although I like the Door's music, I am not a big fan, in fact I never bought one of their albums. I bought this book for my husband. He's the mega fan, but I'm the book reader. On a whim, I read the forward by Danny Sugerman and was immediatly captured. The rest of the book held me slave as well.
The writing is simply well done. And I believe that Danny Sugerman and Jerry Hopkins did their homework and presented the life of Jim Morrison in an unbiased manner. They write of Jim's dark side and addiction, yes, but they also reveal Jim's warmth, humor, and the tumultuous bright mind of a shy boy. What a storm of emotions! Who wouldn't drink to stop the endless flow of feelings and thoughts from a spigot that you can't shut off?
This is just one of many interpretations the reader might come away with concerning Jim's self-destructive lifestyle, his fluctuating moods, and his obvious talent for poetic metaphores. This book gives the reader much to contemplate: the struggle of the human spirit, the need for freedom, the desire to express one's thoughts and ideas, be understood, and therefore; be able to share your experience with others. A few previous reveiwers seemed disappointed that Hopkins and Sugerman did not delve into the psychological reasons for Jim Morrison's addiction, but why should they; they are writers not pyschologists? And I felt they tossed out plenty of bread crumbs as to why Jim seemed bent on self-destruction for the reader to think about and draw our own conclusions.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Dai-keag-ity on August 21, 2005
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This book isn't an objective look at the life of James Douglas Morrison, but who says it has to be? Danny Sugerman knew Morrison and the other Doors, when he worked at Los Angeles' Electra Records in the late 1960's. Sugerman obviously idolized the Lizard King and wrote this book as much as a tribute to his late friend and mentor as a straightforward biography and story of an influential band.

The three separate sections of this book "The Bow Is Drawn" "The Arrow Flies" and "The Arrow Falls" tell, respectively, of the youth and rise of Jim Morrison, the height of his fame as frontman for The Doors from 1967-1971, and finally Morrison's implosion after a half-decade of alcohol and drug abuse, personal neglect and probable psychological illness. The Morrison of No One Here Gets Out Alive is not a flesh and blood human being, but rather the shamanistic figure he clearly was to adolescent Sugerman. As evidence of this, consider once you've read it, how little space is devoted to details of Morrison's death.

This was the first and in some ways both the best and worst book about Jim Morrison. If it does not cover every aspect of his twenty-seven year life with total insight and candor, then it does at least expiate this by giving us a first-hand look at the rise and fall of one of the legends of twentieth-century music. After reading No One Here Gets Out Alive, you'll come away knowing most of what you probably wanted to know about Morrison, and your time will not be wasted. True, some of the darker aspects of the man's character are left out in this exercise in admiration, but I think Sugerman does a good job of getting the "flavor" of the late '60's right, and placing Morrison into it as a person who helped shape the mood and turmoil of that decade in time.

No One Here Gets Out Alive isn't quite the classic today it seemed poised to become when it was first released a generation back, but I think its cult status is assured.
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