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James D. Morrison
Born: December 8, 1943
Died: July 3, 1971
 

"I hope you went out
Smiling
Like a child
Into the cool remnant
of a dream"
--Jim Morrison

After spending his formative years as a Navy brat, emerging with all the usual emotional problems appertaining thereto, he attended St. Petersburg Junior College and Florida State University, finishing his academic career at UCLA in 1965, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in film. In the summer of that year, he began the only gainful employment he was ever to have -- a singing job with a band called The Doors. He remained with them until March 1971, when he went to Paris, intending to return in the fall to record a solo album.

He was the author, in his own lifetime, of The Lords, The New Creatures and An American Prayer; after his death, two more volumes of poetry were "edited" and published by the parents of Pamela Courson, who inherited his estate when their daughter, to whom he had left everything in an unrevised 1968 will, died intestate.

The DOORS

The band consisted of....
Jim Morrison, vocals
John Densmore, drums
Robby Krieger, guitar,
Ray Menzarek, Keyboards

You could say it's an accident that I was ideally suited for the work I am doing. It's the feeling of a bowstring being pulled back for 22 years and suddenly being let go. I am primarily an American, second, a Californian, third, a Los Angeles resident. I've always been attracted to ideas that were about revolt against authority. I like ideas about the breaking away or overthrowing of established order. 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—external revolt is a way to bring about internal freedom. Rather than starting inside, I start outside—reach the mental through the physical. I am a Sagittarian—if astrology has anything to do with it—the Centaur—the Archer—the Hunt—But the main thing is that we are The Doors.

We are from the West. The whole thing is like an invitation to the West.

The sunset—This is the end
The night—The sea

The world we suggest is of a new wild west. A sensuous evil world. Strange and haunting, the path of the sun, you know? Toward the end. At least for our first album. We're all centered around the end of the zodiac. The Pacific—violence and peace—the way between young and the old.

-Taken from the original Elektra Records biography, 1967-

    Jim Morrison Stats: 

FULL REAL NAME:
James Douglas Morrison

     BIRTH DATE & PLACE:
December 8, 1943, Melbourne, Florida, USA
 

PERSONAL DATA (Height, weight, and coloring):
5'11", 145lbs., brown hair, blue-gray eyes

 

FAMILY INFO:
Dead (so he said...)

HOME INFO (Where located and description):
Laurel Canyon, L.A. - nice at night

SCHOOLS ATTENDED:
St. Petersburg Junior College, Florida State Univ., UCLA

MARRIAGE INFO:
Single

INSTRUMENTS PLAYED/PART SUNG:
Lead voice

FAVORITE SINGING GROUPS:
Beach Boys, Kinks, Love

INDIVIDUAL SINGERS:
Sinatra, Presley

ACTOR/ACTRESS:
Jack Palance, Sarah Miles

TV SHOWS:
News

COLORS:
Turquoise

FOODS:
Meat

HOBBIES:
Horse races

SPORTS:
Swimming

WHAT LOOKED FOR IN A GIRL:
Hair, eyes, voice, walk

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO ON A DATE?:
Talk

   

                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                JIM'S POETRY                                                                                                                                                  JIM'S GRAVE

THE DOORS-THE FILM, BY OLIVER STONE

                                                                         THE DOORS TODAY-2003

                                  GALLERY--PICS

The scoop on Jim Morrison and Patricia kennealy

Jim Morrison met Patricia Kennealy in January 1969, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. A tall, attractive redhead, Patricia was then the editor of Jazz & Pop, an influential rock trade magazine. In June 1970, Jim and Patricia were married in a Celtic Pagan handfasting ceremony (this info is straight from Patricia herself, this event has been disputed by others who knew Jim).

Patricia has since written a few books, one of which is about her and Jim:

Strange Days: My Life With and Without Jim Morrison is the story of what led to the handfasting, and also of what came after the death of the author's mate. It is also a portrait of an era. Kennealy attended Woodstock; she knew personally many of the most famous rockers of the time. Her favorite bands were Jefferson Airplane and The Doors and she describes several concerts by The Doors in great detail. She also recounts time spent interviewing members of Jefferson Airplane. She did not really care for the atmosphere of Woodstock and she does not use nostalgic language to describe the experience. Despite its title, Kennealy's book does not really focus on Jim Morrison, though she describes in detail each of her meetings with him. It is the story of those few years in her own life and how Morrison changed that life forever. She is careful to point out that she had a life of her own as a rock critic before she met him which continued after his death. She went from being a critic and editor to writing ad copy; then began writing her Keltiad novels. Kennealy also speaks about Morrison's long-time girlfriend Pamela Courson, who often used Morrison's name and publicly proclaimed herself to be his wife. They were never wed, though; both Morrison and Courson admitted as much to Kennealy, despite claims later put forward by Courson's family. (Kennealy hastens to point out that her own "marriage" to Morrison was never legal, nor did she ever claim so.)

Now,on to Pamela Courson.....

JIM MORRISON AND PAMELA COURSON

Jim and Pam were together through thick and thin. They always ended up back together in the end.
Pam was there the day Jim died. Unfortunately, she died there shortly after....in 1974.

A self-proclaimed creation of Jim Morrison, Courson was a complex and compelling woman who lived several roles in her relationship with the Doors lead singer: groupie, muse, and wife, to name a few. Pam and Jim's relationship was relatively private and long term for a rock couple then and maybe for any couple anymore. The two were essentially beautiful booze- and drug-addled twentysomethings with money to burn, and their fatal flaw was not so much being at odds with the material world as it was never having been forced to confront it without help from agents, roadies, groupies, or sycophants.

The Doors' keyboardist and co- founder (with Jim), Ray Manzarek, claims that Pamela and Jim will "go down in history as great lovers,'' and that their tale recalls Romeo and Juliet, Heloise and Abelard. Perhaps one could argue that a more fitting, albeit less flattering, comparison might be Sid (Vicious) and Nancy (Spungeon).

You may want to check out a book written about this couple:

Angels Dance and Angels Die : The Tragic Romance of Pamela and Jim Morrison

by Patricia Butler

MORE ABOUT JIM MORRISON:

American rock singer and rock lyric who achieved after his death a cult position among fans. Morrison wished to be accepted as a serious artist, and he published such collections of poetry as An American Prayer (1970) and The Lords and The New Creatures (1971). The song lyrics Morrison wrote for The Doors much reflected the tensions of the time - drug culture, the antiwar movement, avant-garde art. With his early death Morrison has been seen as a voluntary victim of the destructive forces in pop culture. However, he was not ignorant about the consequences of fame and his position as an idol. Morrison once confessed that "We're more interested in the dark side of life, the evil thing, the night time."

Morrison was early interested in literature, he excelled at school and he had an IQ of 149. Morrison studied theatre arts at the University of California. Morrison found from music a channel to project his poetry, and add to it a theatrical aspect. Thus improvising and unpredictable ness was a part of the band's show on stage.

Morrison's drinking, exhibitionistic performances, and drug-taking badly affected his singing and input at recordings. "Let's just say I was testing the bounds of reality. I was curious to see what would happen. That's all it was: just curiosity." (Morrison in Los Angeles, 1969) In Miami in 1969 the audience thought it saw Jim's "snake" - he was charged with exposing himself on stage, in full view of 10.000 people. The police did not arrest him on the spot, for fear that it would cause a riot. Next year Morrison was sentenced 8 months' hard labor and a $500 fine for 'profanity' and 'indecent exposure', but he remained free while the sentence was appealed against. After Miami everything changed and Morrison put his leather pants in closet. "See me change," he sang. He grew a beard, started to take distance to his fans, and devote more time with projects outside the band. On his 27th birthday, Morrison made the recordings at Elektra's LA studio of his poetry, which later formed the basis of AN AMERICAN PRAYER. The Doors played their last concert with Morrison in New Orleans. It was a disaster - Morrison smashed the microphone into the stage, threw the stand into the crowd and slumped down.

After finishing sessions for a new album, L.A. WOMAN, Morrison escaped to Paris, where he hoped to follow literary career. He never came back from Paris. His first book, THE LORDS AND THE NEW CREATURES, was published by Simon and Schuster in 1971. It went into paperback after selling 15.000 in hardback. An earlier book, AN AMERICAN PRAYER, was privately printed in 1970, but not made widely available until 1978. Morrison was buried at Pére Lachaise cemetary in Paris, which houses remains of many famous artists, statesmen and legendaries from Edith Piaf to Oscar Wilde. In 1990 his graffitti-covered headstone was stolen. In 1979 Francis Ford Coppola used The Doors' performance of 'The End' in his Vietnam War film, Apocalypse Now, and in 1991 director Oliver Stone made the film biography The Doors, starring Val Kilmer. WILDERNESS: THE LOST WRITINGS OF JIM MORRISON was published in 1989.

 

Poems and other fiction and non-fiction by Jim Morrison:

                        

                        

 

       

  

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