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Jim Morrison: Dark Star Paperback – 21 Mar 1991


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (21 Mar. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747509514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747509516
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 25.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on 28 April 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is very clearly written and very entertaining. Certainly a must for all Doors fans. It focuses more upon the life of Jim Morrison rather than the Doors and seeks to explain the idealistic way in which he began his career only to become disgusted with the public perceptions of himself later on.
One of the best features of this book is the plethora of glossy pictures that is used. Some may say that there are too many of these and that they become repetitive but I think they serve as a good vehicle to show Morrison in all his best and worst guises.
All in all a very complete and specific account of the life of Jim Morrison that uses some excellent sources, including a number of people who worked closely to Jim, and makes a number of very good points.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John on 29 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Morrison fan or not - this book is just superb. There are photos in there which I bet even the ardent fans haven't seen before. Lots of great info with loads of great pics. The book is worth it's weight in gold. So, if you want a Jim Morrison book which hasn't got the same pics as you've seen before then this is the one for you. Really superb book.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jan. 2001
Format: Hardcover
A great insight into the life of one of the most mysterious rock legends. In depth writing makes this a must for any fan and an interesting read for anyone else.
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Great Photos, Bad Writing. 7 Jun. 2001
By Robert Blake - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This a strange book for me indeed. I loved the photos, especially those of The Doors performing, but the writing is bad and depressing. Dylan Jones fails to do anything to capture the essence of Jim Morrison's art and instead writes a book that basically paints a depressing picture. It appears he takes a lot of gossip as truth (though Morrison was known for his "wild child" activities) and I don't understand why so much effort was put into such a gorgeous-looking book when the writing burns the main character. Jones obviously does not understand or feel anything about The Doors considering he called "Waiting For The Sun" a disappointing work and trashes a great song like "Not To Touch The Earth." I'm also surprised he has so many pictures of Morrison at concerts when he totally trashes his moves and wild performances on stage. This is a weird book in that it has so many great pictures, it is a photographic record, but the writing does not strive to dissect The Doors art, it only focuses on the negative aspects of the life of Jim Morrison. I very much more enjoyed the biography "Break On Through" which was smoothly written and treated the bad stuff with style and really dissected Morrison's work. Great photos, disappointing book.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
If you like Jim Morrison, you won't like this book 15 Mar. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Jones' contempt for Morrison oozes out of every page. It is so vicious, you will be left wondering why he subjected himself to the seeming torture of typing Morrison's name
Awesome Book 18 Dec. 2014
By Hannah Whitmore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I got this for my mom for Christmas I hinted to her and I think she's really excited! The book is bigger than I thought it would be, but the bigger the better! I skimmed through the book and it's pretty good,
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Could we suck up to the "Widow Kennealy" any more? 4 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is gorgeous. If you love the young, pouty lion-god, you will love the photos in this book. If you're interested in the rest of the Doors...look elsewhere. This book is largely a paraphrase of Patricia Kennealy-Morrison's _Strange Days_. Yeah, yeah, we already read that one.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Morrison is an Unparalled Musician and Thinker 12 April 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book and had it finished in one week. Thomas does and excellent job of describing the life of Jim Morrison, AKA the lizard king, it was one of turmoil and confusion. But Morrison was quite an intellect and poet. Many of the Doors songs spawned from books Morrison had read and he had an unquenched love for the beat generation works, mythology and philosophers. On stage he was an amazing showman and gave the fans what they wanted. But all too many times he would become unruly and downright deplorable. Yet he still was a tremendous thinker, and was the perfect image of a rock and roll star. He truly was a remarkable poet and writer, it is too bad he left the Earth so soon.
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