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Break on Through : The Life and Death of Jim Morrison Paperback – 29 Nov 1991

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Plexus Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (29 Nov. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859651789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859651783
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.9 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is undeniably an excellent...history of The Doors - probably the best so far' New Musical Express -- New Musical Express


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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
Mad poet. Adored icon. Wild rocker. Alcoholic genius. Brilliant musician. Jim Morrison died in 1971, but his legend still sits among us.

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.
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I have now been interested in Jim Morrison and The Doors for about a year, and I've already read several books. This might be the best. As the others seem to cross out the bad parts of Morrison and the group, this book goes through every part of this amazing story without hesitating. The only thing this book lacks in comparison to "No One Here Gets Out Alive" is Morrison's childhood. I feel "Break On Through" is a better book though, because it looks at both aspects of Morrison's life. This might be the cause of the writers not being personally close to Morrison, which for instance Ray Manzarek was, and his book has proven to be very faulty. "Break On Through" also has short historical notes, where other large happenings at the time are put in between The Doors' story, and the subtle use of Morrison's poetic lines incorporated in the text is great. If you are only remotely interested in The Doors, buy this book! If you are a huge fan like me, buy this book, and read the others too, to get a larger image of what The Doors and Jim Morrison really was about.
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A heavy tale from one of the most poetic humans to have lived. A huge book considering the short life, telling of a life well-lived. One to pick up and put down at will, but essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the mind and meanderings of a supreme being.
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By A Customer on 29 Nov. 2001
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After reading this book as a Morrison/Doors fan, you know there is nothing more to ad. There is still a lot of nonsense going around; if he is still alive or not. But even if he is; he obviously wants to be left alone. My suggestion to a fan: buy the cd's, read his poetry, and get this great book. If you want more photographs, well do buy the other biographies. But for the photographs only. This book is all you really need. It's simply a great book! Enjoy.
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