27: Jim Morrison (The 27 Club Series Book 6)
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Jim Morrison, musician, singer and poet was found dead, the victim of a suspected heroin overdose, in a Paris apartment bathtub in 1971. He was 27.
Morrison was a talented, charismatic, wild-tempered cultural cipher. He struggled to cope with his exalted status and his death, officially from heart failure, remains shrouded in mystery.
In 27: Jim Morrison, acclaimed music critic Chris Salewicz pays homage to Morrison as a rock icon, whilst acknowledging the dark side of this conflicted character.
It is the sixth title in a series of exclusive music ebooks, an ambitious project examining the perils of genius, celebrity and excess. Other titles in the series include 27: Amy Winehouse, 27: Kurt Cobain, 27: Jimi Hendrix and 27: Janis Joplin.
The Doors show, Jim Morrison was certainly the worse for wear, very drunk indeed. And the audience was rowdy, largely because it was unlawfully packed with almost twice its legal capacity of 7,000. It didn’t really improve their mood when Jim Morrison began to harangue them from the stage. During ‘Five to One’, after challenging audience members to come up on stage and ‘love my ass’, he turned on them: ‘You’re all a bunch of fuckin’ idiots. Let people tell you what you’re gonna do. Let people
permanent weight on his mind. He began to suggest that once the trial was over, he might move to another country to live. On Saturday 29 August 1970, The Doors co-headlined the Saturday night show at the UK’s Isle of Wight festival, sharing the top slot with The Who. Jim Morrison had to be in court on Monday morning in Miami. During his performance, the singer seemed desperately introverted, even refusing a blast on Roger Daltrey’s then exotic peppermint schnapps. He performed like an unmoving
made the epochal Blow-Up, came to see them. He was finishing Zabriskie Point and was searching for music for it. One of the tunes The Doors were readying for LA Woman was ‘L’America’, and it was felt this might be appropriate.70 ‘The apostrophe after L is short for Latin America,’ John Densmore remembered Jim explaining the song to the film director, ‘or Central America, or Mexico, for that matter. Anywhere south of the border.’ ‘During his monologue,’ Densmore wrote in his book Riders on the
career as a filmmaker. Gradually it dawned on Manzarek, however, that – despite his time studying – he knew no one who was actually making a living in the Hollywood movie business and had no idea how to get started. For the time being, finances were not too tight for him. Dorothy Fujikawa, his girlfriend, had basic employment, cleaning computer tape. In that post-UCLA comedown, Ray Manzarek was undergoing something of an existentialist crisis about his future. He sought to heal this by working on
performed five sets a night, for ten dollars each. (A go-go dancer, one Rhonda Lane, would dance in a cage as they played.) As had the Beatles’ similar stints in Hamburg nightclubs, the rigour of these sets honed The Doors into a fine rock ’n’ roll machine, especially Jim Morrison, whose initially weak vocals were becoming far stronger. He was also losing his nervousness over performing – at first he would sing with his back to the audience. ‘All that singing was exercising his throat muscles and