"O great creator of being, grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives."

Jim Morrison was born in Florida on December 8th, 1943. His father, a high ranking naval officer, brought up his children under strict discipline and the relationship between the two was problematic. Perhaps because of this, the sensitive child became somewhat withdrawn and isolated. Jim would later express extreme hostility towards his family and the traditional values it stood for.

We used to believe in the good old days
We still receive In little ways
The things of Kindness
and unsporting brow
Forget and allow

At the age of four, Jim witnessed a bloody traffic accident that was to have a profound impact on his life. Somewhere between Albuquerque and Santa Fe the Morrison family came across an overturned truck. It had been involved in a collision and its occupants, a group of Indians, were lying on the road, bleeding to death. This first encounter with death left a deep impression in the mind of young Jim Morrison who believed that the spirit of an Indian, a Shaman, had entered his own soul.

Among Jim's favorite authors was the controversial German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, whose views were opposed to those of tradition and Christianity. In Beyond Good and Evil, Nietzsche summed up his ideas about man and morality. He wrote about two types of men: an inferior man who lives in helplessness and fear, and the 'superman,' who, because of the greatness of his mind, is beyond good and evil and answers to no-one.

"I like ideas about the breaking away or overthrowing the established order. I am interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that seems to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road towards freedom- external revolt is a way to bring about internal freedom."

In 1964, without his parents' consent, Jim enrolled at UCLA. There, he met keyboard player Ray Manzarek who upon hearing his songs suggested forming a rock group. Within weeks, together with Robbie Krieger as guitarist and John Densmore as drummer, The Doors was formed. The name of the group was taken from Aldous Huxley's book on mescaline, The Doors of Perception, which quoted a phrase of the 18th century poet and mystic William Blake, 'If the doors of perception were cleansed, things would appear as they truly are, infinite.'

In a rare interview, when asked about the future of music, Jim Douglas Morrison said, " In the future, Music will be played with a lot of use of electronics of technology " ! The erratic visionary that Morrison was, never failed to leave his imprint where ever he went, with those whose lives he touched deeply. Jim always joked about getting away from the chaos and going to Africa unannounced ! On July 3rd, 1971, at the age of 27, Jim was said to be found dead at his Paris home by his longtime girlfriend Pamela Courson. There was no autopsy and the exact cause of death was never established. No one ever saw Jim's body except for Pamela, her Driver & the Doctor ! A local pub owner from Paris claims he saw Jim Morrison in a semi conscious state the same night and he didn't look too good before he was carried out of the Pub ! Many ardent fans of Jim Morrison believe he lives on ! There have been a few Morrison sightings in Paris to say the least ...




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3 comments :

ay said...

Jim Morrison -- you gotta love him!

marinela said...

wish you were alive jim....love u

Joanne Glasspoole said...

May I have permission to reprint this post on www.jimmorrisonproject.com?

 
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