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Break on Through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison Paperback – November 7, 2006
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With people who are brilliant and badly-behaved, as Morrison was, it's difficult to get a balanced view that seems like an actual person. But James Riordan's "Break On Through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison" manages to do just that.
James Douglas Morrison was an army brat, intelligent and well-read, who began to blossom into a poet and musician in college. He went on to become the singer/frontman of the band "The Doors," adding his outstanding poetry-like songwriting to his bandmates' equally outstanding musical skills. Soon they were a massively popular rock band.
But Morrison had other facets as well: He was attracted to the bizarre, and could be cruel, sweet, loving, strange, and often drunken and loutish. He was also contradictory: He sought notice as a poet, but was still mainly known as a rock star; he slept around and handfasted a rock critic, but always stayed with girlfriend Pamela Courson. After living on the edge for years, Jim passed away in Paris, under strange circumstances.
Most biographies of Jim Morrison err on one side or another. Either they portray him as a sadistic, drunken lout, or they show him as a transcendent gentleman. The truth isn't usually that simple, and neither was Morrison. And Riordan shows us the different sides of Morrison's personality -- good and bad, together.
Like Morrison himself, the book has its contradictions: There is a somewhat fannish tone to the some of the writing. On the other hand, it's willing to acknowledge that Morrison could be lewd, weird, obnoxious and drunken.Read more ›
As in most biography we do go in knowing the outline of the subject's life. In Morrison's case that's the son of a career Navy man who has a mystical encounter in the desert at a young age and believes the soul of an Indian leapt into his soul. The young Morrison grows up to be a rather bookish kid who gets the attention of his peers as much as for his classroom antics as his good grades. He disobeys his father's wishes and registers at UCLA film school where he proceeds to write essays on the history of film and make a couple of films nobody seems to interested in except Ray Manzarek. Morrison quits school two weeks before graduation, retreats to a rooftop in Venice Beach, ingests a whole lot of LSD and manages to write some of the most seminal and original lyrics by seeing "a rock concert" in his head and taking notes. Later that same summer, Morrison seeks out Manzarek who Morrison knew was in a rock band and where Manzarek lived. Morrison sings him a couple of songs and the two decide to start a band, call it The Doors and make "a million dollars.Read more ›
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Hands down, the best-written book about Jim Morrison, the man, the genius, the shaman....the lost soul who left us way too soon...Published 6 days ago by S. E. Schroedel
I saw The Doors back in the day at The Spectrum in Philadelphia. I may have seen them twice. I was a Doors fan. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John R. Burns
I love learning about music and musicians but this book was garbage. The authors writing is awful. Using the most ridiculous metaphors to try and equate morrisons drunken behavior... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
I've read many books about Jim Morrison and loved them all! This was no exception! Honestly it would be tough to write a bad book because he led such an interesting, mind blowing... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steve
One of the better books written about Morrison. The author provides a lot of interesting detail, but more importantly, some significant and even-handed insight into Morrison's... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mountaingirl
Having read Sugermen's "No one Here Gets out Alive" I wanted more, but really more depth. An insight into Jim's dismay over attaining stardom in so short an order and then... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Randy Lee Wizek
Good book with some great insights. There are some real 'dull' parts regarding shamanism and philosophy that the author seems to tirelessly pontificate on. Read morePublished 9 months ago by keith d