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Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend Paperback – June 16, 2005
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[An] exhaustive narrative... [of] the late but still idolized rock god... Let the debauchery begin. -- The Kansas City Star
[Davis] poignantly conveys the tragic quality of a lonely and vulnerable man. -- Mark Kidel, The Times Literary Supplement
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I found the "rumors" about Morrison intriguing as well. It's pretty pathetic that some people can't consider that perhaps Jim was bisexual. It wouldn't be outside his character, at least in my opinion. Davis makes it clear that there isn't any substantial evidence for some of these rumors or claims (although from actual witnesses) but mentions them anyway so that you could make your own decisions. Some of the rumors are shocking, such as the an allegation by an ex girlfriend stating Jim was raped by his father. Davis isn't making this up as the ex-girlfriend did mention this in an early publication of her book. But he by no means states it as fact but allows us to make our own decisions. "Rumors" are an essential part of any legend.
The inaccuracies that people are mentioning in here are tedious and have no bearing on the legend that is Jim Morrison. For instances: Whether the Light My Fire tire commercial really aired is besides the point. The point is that Morrison was pissed about it (I heard it did air from some people who say they remember it, just sayin'). This book is extremely thorough. I do wish however, it did have resources and that's why its not getting five stars.
It's a good complete compilation of information and I enjoyed it enough to listen to the 17 hour audiobook twice in a row.
I'm not sure if we'll ever have a truly definitive account of Jim Morrison and the Doors that will satisfy most readers (especially since Manzarek and Densmore are vying to be the official chronicler of the band's history).Read more ›
The book is very sad and poignant. Jim was a gifted poet and voracious reader with a high IQ, and never had aspirations to become a singer. yet ended up being in one of the top bands of the sixties. The book kept my interest much of the time, and there aren't really any drawn-out, boring parts. It keeps you wondering what will happen next. For people who are hungry for information about Jim, you can't go wrong with this book.
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this well-researched work about one of my favorite bands. Davis covers so many events that it becomes a must to return and read certain chapters that... Read morePublished 15 days ago by kristen227
This is one of the most incredibly written books I have read in a long time. I have it on my Kindle with the audio and have my Kindle setup on my treadmill. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Zack Myers
This book is extremely good, but it comes with a warning. It is also very addictive and dangerous. Reading this book somehow changes your consciousness. Read with caution. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Danger Clay
One of what will be the endless books about this enigmatic genius, so publicly prominent, yet so privately unfathomable. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Stephen Esric Loomes
This is by far the Best book I've ever read on Jim Morrison!
It is a must read for every fan.
Stephen Davis gives a explicit account on Jim Morrisons life. Read more