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Book Title: Jim Morrison & Doors. Canzoni|
The size of the: 330 KB
Edition: Blues Brothers
Date of issue: October 1994
ISBN 13: 9788880740018
The author of the book: Danny Sugerman
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:I am a huge fan of the Doors. Not only are they great in their own right, but no one else sounds the least bit like them so every time I listen to them they sound fresh and innovative. While they were part of the counter culture movement that characterized so many bands in the late sixties, they had a unique style that steered clear of the flower-child, kumbaya, anti-war act that so often evokes the strange emotional hybrid of irritation and boredom.
Jim Morrison gets a bad rap as a poet. While most people respect the Doors as a whole, Morrison’s lyrics are often criticized as juvenile and dramatic, only to be appreciated by college-age experimental druggies or the local acid casualty burnout. Sure, there are times when he gets a little carried away. I can do without the whole “Celebration of the Lizard” nonsense and things like riding the snake and his obsession with death. Bob Dylan was much better at capturing the voice of disillusioned baby boomers, but while Dylan put into words what everyone was thinking, Morrison found truth in what you hadn’t yet thought. Consider how he taps into frustration following awe as a man witnesses a beautiful woman in “Hello, I Love You:”
Sidewalk crouches at her feet/Like a dog that begs for something sweet/Do you hope to make her see you fool?/Do you hope to pluck this dusky jewel?
Sometimes I have no idea what he’s talking about but the words are so poignant that I don’t even care. In one of my favorite Doors songs, the title track from The Soft Parade, Morrison screams
The lights are getting brighter/The radio is moaning/Calling to the dogs/There are still a few animals/Left out in the yard/But it’s getting harder/To describe/Sailors/To the underfed.
Now I have no idea what this has to do with a parade, much less a soft one, whatever that is. But Morrison’s words and emotion behind them give me chills every time I hear that song.
For all his talent and charisma, Morrison needed Robby Kreiger, Ray Manzarek and John Densmore just as much as they needed him. Morrison’s persona vaulted them all to fame, but without a vehicle for his words he might have been just another down and out poet wandering the streets of Venice, California. Lest you think this is just a book about Jim, remember that Kreiger wrote both the music and lyrics to some of the Doors’ biggest hits including “Light My Fire,” “Love Me Two Times” and “Love Her Madly.” The book also includes several articles written over the last 40 years that give a more complete picture of the band.
Jim Morrison was a poet who took on his role as rock star with great reluctance. He moved to Paris in March of 1971 to escape the excesses and attention of stardom and to work on his poetry. Unfortunately, the grips of alcoholism had dug in too deep and he died less than four months later at only 27 years of age. He was a poet first and a reluctant rock star second, and while his career with the Doors may have ended, surely his poetry would have continued. Perhaps then he would have written himself out his experimental stage and would have been remembered for more than his on-stage antics.
Now let’s get some tacos.
Read information about the authorDaniel Stephen Sugerman (aka Danny) was the second manager of the Los Angeles based rock band The Doors, and wrote several books about Jim Morrison and The Doors.
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