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No One Here Gets Out Alive Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1995
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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This book was the first and is still one of the finest accounts of Jim Morrison. It is an intelligent, sympathetic telling of the singer’s tragic story. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Lynette McClenaghan
This needs to be available in an e-book edition for the Kindle if Hopkins and the remaining Doors can get past the bullsh_ _ of their personalities and egos. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am a huge Jim Morrison and Doors fan, but never knew too much about his life.
It provides a window into the life of a major rock icon, both positive and negative. Read more
Morrison has been blessed with several excellent bios, including this. A fascinating story, well told.Published 3 months ago by James Dugan
To me the book was not that big of a deal. It just gave some info about the Lizard King, which many of us know alreadyPublished 4 months ago by Susan D. Roberts
so far the best biographical novel about Mr. Mojo Rising, and i'm a big fan. give this a try, it will surprise you just how good it is..Published 5 months ago by Slash Four