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Jim Morrison Would Have Been 67 Today
By Steve Elliott ~alapoet~ in Culture
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 12:20 pm
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"O great creator of being, grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives." ~ Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison, the legendary lead singer and lyricist of The Doors, would have been 67 years old today. The shaman and wild man was born December 8, 1943, in Melbourne, Florida.

The "Lizard King" is known as one of the most distinctive frontmen in rock music history, and also dabbled in poetry and filmmaking. He reportedly had an I.Q. of 149.

In 1965, after graduating from UCLA, Morrison met future Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek on Venice Beach. With the addition of John Densmore on drums and Robby Krieger on guitar, The Doors were born.

The Doors took their name from the title of The Doors of Perception, Aldous Huxley's book of mescaline experiences, itself taken from a William Blake quotation in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, in which Blake said "If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is -- infinite."

The Doors achieved national prominence in 1967 with the hit single "Light My Fire" and hit the charts again in 1968 with "Hello, I Love You," in 1969 with "Touch Me," and in 1971 with "Love Her Madly" and "Riders On The Storm."

Weary of the rock star lifestyle after only four years, Morrison "retired" to Paris at age 27 in March 1971. He died of unknown causes in Paris on July 3, 1971.

Morrison's poetry writings are available in the books The Lords and the New Creatures, Wilderness, and The American Night.


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Morrison in high school yearbook, 1961
Actually I don't remember being born. It must have happened during one of my blackouts.
~ Jim Morrison

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A mugshot from 1963
I am interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos -- especially activity that seems to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom.
~ Jim Morrison

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Morrison in 1963 or 1964
I like any reaction I can get with my music. Just anything to get people to think.
~ Jim Morrison

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Morrison circa 1968
Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.
~ Jim Morrison

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I like people who shake other people up and make them feel uncomfortable.
~ Jim Morrison

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I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most important moment.
~ Jim Morrison

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If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.
~ Jim Morrison

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The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are.
~ Jim Morrison

O great creator of being, grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives.
~ Jim Morrison

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Morrison's grave at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris -- the most visited gravesite in France


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