Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend

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Ebury Press, 2004 - Rock musicians - 482 pages
"In Jim Morrison, critically acclaimed journalist Stephen Davis brings together insights gleaned from dozens of original interviews, long-lost recordings, and Morrison's own unpublished journals to create a vivid portrait of a misunderstood genius. Davis looks behind the masks of the Lizard King and Mr. Mojo Risin' to reveal a man of fierce intelligence and poetic ambition who was tortured by inner demons that controlled his creative furies and drove him to confrontation and self-destruction. Each page brims with new details that yield fresh perspective on every phase of Morrison's life, from his troubled youth in a strict military household to his coming of age in the avant-garde scene of 1960s L.A. to the tense atmosphere surrounding the Doors as their songs rocketed to the top of the charts - when Morrison's increasingly fractious relations with his bandmates, his epic alcohol and drug binges, and desperate, tumultuous sexual affairs (with both women and men) reached their frenzied peak.

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User Review  - rainpebble - LibraryThing

Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend by Stephen Davis; (3 1/2*) This is altogether a fascinating look at the tragic, fast tracked life of the gifted lead singer of the 1960s rock band, The Doors. I loved ... Read full review

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This is an exhaustive account of the life of James Douglas Morrison. It is like someone, for the first time heard a Doors song, and asked, who is this singer? And Stephen Davis said, okay, let me tell ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Stephen Davis is the author of numerous books, including "The New York Times" bestsellers "Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Saga" & "Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith", & coauthor of "Fleetwood", the memoirs of Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood. His journalism has appeared in "Rolling Stone", "The New York Times", "The Boston Globe", & many other publications. He lives in New England.

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