Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend Paperback – 1 Sep 2005
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"As near-definitive as we are likely to get. Detailed, shocking and scrupulously researched, it is an addictive and often harrowing read" (Sunday Telegraph)
The riveting and shocking biography of Jim Morrison – lead singer of The Doors, poet and icon who changed rock music history and defined an eraSee all Product Description
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The story is familiar, but the way it's told here is the most entertaining yet while sticking to facts and steering clear of the outrageous rumors and theories most of the earlier Morrison biogs thrive on.
If you're a new fan here you'll find what you'll need to know about Jim, and an expert probably sees him in a different light after finishing this.
Also the bit part players are portrayed in revealing detail.
Stephen Davis has taken this work seriously, the facts seem to have been checked, and he's had access to some of Jim's notebooks. Many incidents mentioned in passing in earlier biogs are made clearer here.
Like the Doors sang: If You Need Meat, Look No Further!
Only book I have ever picked up and re-read and cannot recommend it enough.
Quite simply a must.
It is without doubt the most sympathetic of all the biographies that I have read. It goes beyond the bozo we see displayed in Olver Stone's movie and countless other sources. If you have ever wondered as I have why it is that the Doors have been incapable of recording a decent single song since Jim's death the answer is hidden in this book. Morrison was the Doors, as those of us who first got to hear them in the 60's suspected.
Davis doesn't idolise the man, and neither should he. But I ended the book feeling very sad. Sad about a lost talent, of course but also sad for very mixed up kid (and Morrison was young) who was in over his head surrounded by people who just wanted a bit of him. Unusually, only Pamela comes out of the thing reasonably well - and this is relative. The other Doors, and notably Manzarek, get a bit of a kicking.
Stephen Davis shows us a creative genius warts and all. A very disturbed character, manipulated by those around him who was perhaps just finding himself when he died, Morrison is portrayed as I would have hoped he might have been by others. He leaves us the most amazing legacy of great music and poetry. I wanted better than "Strange Days" etc. This book is the one this wierdo genius deserved.
Racist,Sodomist,Drunk,Junkie,Bisexual,Woman beater,Shy, Impotent,Washed-up rock star,Morbid.All these are mentioned about the star in this book.If you think of Jim Morrison as a god-like icon don't read this book,but if you want to mostly read the facts,go ahead.
As well as an utterly absorbing portrait of Jim, this book also stands as a compelling biography of the Doors' career, from struggling musicians playing club venues to rock giants on course for their rightful place in music history.
Well written, highly insightful and endlessly engaging, this book is strongly recommended to both Doors fans and curious onlookers alike.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This should be listed under "Fantasy fiction". Mostly rubbish from a professional rock hack. Don't bother buying it, you're being misled.Published 24 months ago by Marwill
Jim Morrison sounds like a thoroughly bad egg according to Stephen Davis's biography in Ebury - Leif Garrarret for the 1960'sPublished on 15 Mar. 2014 by Dan Smith
Not read any other Jim Morrison biographies so cant make a comparison with the others out there.
I liked this book, it has some good detail in it and paints some strong... Read more
Loved this book, fascinating insights. Took me ages to read it, but only because I was googling loads of people/places/events which are in the book to find out even more... Read morePublished on 7 Jun. 2013 by Susan Pattenden
Being a Doors fan since the mid 70's and having read numerous books on both the Doors and Jim Morrison i did find this book a riveting read and a great insight to the man and the... Read morePublished on 15 Feb. 2013 by Thomas Crusham
This is the book for you to get then. It is an absolutely brilliant read. Stephen Davis does a brilliant job cataloging the life of one of Rock n'Roll's greatest artists of all... Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2013 by brian_21179
I have read lots (and lots!) of books about Jim Morrison and this is by far the best so far. Stephen Davis not only tells a mesmerising story about the man himself, but also... Read morePublished on 16 Jan. 2013 by Stephie
Better than watching Val Kilmer act like a retard for 2 and a half hours.
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