As an artist and persona, Jim Morrison epitomized the late 1960s, bridging a burgeoning counterculture and popular culture, while acting out the iconoclastic rage, rampant libido, and spectacular flameout of a tumultuous era. The music he created with The Doors has sold over 50 million records worldwide—with over 13 million in the last decade alone, as their songs have been embraced by a new generation. But despite Morrison’s seminal importance, there has not yet been an authoritative biography that does justice to him and his creative legacy. Until now.
Stephen Davis, the preeminent rock biographer and author of the classic Led Zeppelin history Hammer of the Gods (over 600,000 copies sold in three editions, and a #1 New York Times bestseller), has uncovered never-before-seen documents, conducted dozens of original interviews, and scoured Morrison’s unpublished journals and recordings to write the definitive biography of a misunderstood legend. Jim Morrison is packed with startling new revelations about every phase of his life and career, from his troubled youth in a strict military household to his blossoming as a rock icon among the avant-garde LA scene to his voracious drug abuse and secret sexual experiments. Davis also investigates one of the greatest mysteries in rock history—the circumstances surrounding Morrison’s mysterious and unsolved death—as he pieces together new evidence to tell the true and heartbreaking story of Morrison’s last tragic days in Paris.
Compelling and unforgettable, Jim Morrison is destined to become a classic.
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Stephen Davis’s many acclaimed books include the Rolling Stones history Old Gods Almost Dead as well as the New York Times bestsellers Walk This Way (with Aerosmith), Fleetwood, and Hammer of the Gods.From AudioFile:
Jim Morrison became a rock star in the heady, iconoclastic '60s as lead singer for The Doors. With fame and wealth came self-indulgence with perversions, alcohol, and illegal substances. He died under mysterious circumstances before the age of 30. Stephen Davis's lengthy biography seeks to elevate him into iconographic significance and to explain him to us unwashed. This audio offers him the opportunity to illustrate his points with his subject's music. Unfortunately, he doesn't take the opportunity. Instead, sounding suitably like an intelligent, young all-American, Paul Michael admirably presides over a fluidly written, albeit pretentious and overlong, recitation of sensational events and silly pop psychology. Y.R. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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