Jim Morrison

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Jim Morrison

Born

12/8/1943, Melbourne, Florida

Died

7/3/1971

Birth Name

James Douglas Morrison

Gender

Male

Also Known As

James Douglas Morrison, The Lizard King, The Doors, James Morrison
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  • Trivia

    • Riders on the Storm was the last song recorded by Jim Morrison .

    • Jim's last handwritten notebook will go under the hammer on the 35th anniversary of his death. The notebook, which the singer used during his final days in Paris, contains 20 pages of his last thoughts, musings, poems and lyrics and is expected to sell for up to $250,000 at auction.

    • Jim was the son of Admiral George Stephen Morrison

    • When the band was scheduled to play at Isle of Wight festival which was going to take place in England, Jim had to receive special permission to perform there as he was still on trial there for an indecent exposure charge from the year before.

    • Jim's favorite singer was Frank Sinatra.

    • Jim was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 along with the other band member from The Doors .

    • Even though the band was making money Jim preferred to call a cheap motel on La Cienega Blvd in Las Angeles his home.

    • Jim was buried at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

    • As many performers do Jim had several trademarks known to him. He would fall down on stage on purpose during his shows, he would often change the words to the songs without notice, and he always wore leather pants.

    • Jim married Patricia Kennealy on June 24, 1970 and stayed married until his death in 1971.

    • The band decided to call itself The Doors and Jim was the lead singer. They were playing on Sunset Strip in 1966.

    • Jim always carried his notebook of poetry around with him and one day he ran into an old buddy on the beach., Ray Manzarek. Ray played the keyboards and was in a band which was not going anywhere. When Jim showed Ray his poetry Ray convinced Jim to put his words to music and that how the band got started.

    • In 1965 Jim lost that dream somewhere when he drifted into the masses of people who were into drugs and just hanging around.

    • Jim attended and graduated from UCLA where he studied film production. He dreamed of being like French poet Rimbaud.

    • With little known about his childhood, the one thing Jim did share at one point was that he began to write poetry at a very early age. All through High School he kept notebooks full of his work.

    • Jim became estranged from his parents due to a difference of life style that in later years Jim would claim his parents were not alive any longer.

    • Jim's father was a U.S. Naval officer. He fought in WWII.

    • In bare feet Jim stood 5'11" tall.

    • Jim had several nicknames in his time some of which were The Lizard King, Erotic Politician, American Poet, Dianysus and Mr. Mojo Risin'.

    • Jim was born with the name of James Douglas Morrison.

    • Many times Jim work is credited as Jim Morrison but he is also credited under the Doors.

    • The rumors of Jim death is thought to be due to a drug overdose.

    • Jim untimely death took place on July 3, 1971 in Paris, France from a heart attack.

    • Jim was born on December 8, 1943 in Melbourne, Florida.

  • Quotes

    • Jim Morrison: I see myself as a huge fiery comet, a shooting star. Everyone stops, points up and gasps "Oh look at that!" Then- whoosh, and I'm gone...and they'll never see anything like it ever again...and they won't be able to forget me- ever."

    • Jim Morrison: The first time I discovered death...me and my mother and father, and my grandmother and grandfather, were driving through the desert at dawn. A truckload of Indians had either hit another car or something- there were Indians scattered all over the highway, bleeding to death. I was just a kid, so I had to stay in the car while my father and grandfather went to check it out. I didn't see nothing- all I saw was funny red paint and people lying around, but I knew something was happening, because I could dig the vibrations of the people around me, and all of a sudden I realized that they didn't know what was happening any more than I did. That was the first time I tasted fear...and I do think, at that moment, the souls of those dead Indians- maybe one or two of them-were just running around, freaking out, and just landed in my soul, and I was like a sponge, ready to sit there and absorb it.

    • Jim Morrison: I like any reaction I can get with my music. Just anything to get people to think. I mean if you can get a whole room full of drunk, stoned people to actually wake up and think, you're doing something.

    • Jim Morrison: Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.

    • Jim Morrison: Each generation wants new symbols, new people, new names. They want to divorce themselves from their predecessors.

    • Jim Morrison: I think that more than writing and music, my greatest talent is that I have an instinctive knack of self-image propagation. I was very good at manipulating publicity with a few little phrases like 'erotic politicians'. Having grown up with TV and mass magazines, I knew instinctively what people would catch on to, so I dropped those little jewels here and there, seemingly very innocently; of course, I was just calling signals.

    • Jim Morrison: 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 towards freedom - external freedom is a way to bring about internal freedom.

    • Jim Morrison: That's what real love amounts to- letting a person be what he really is. Most people love you for who you pretend to be. To keep their love, you keep pretending- performing. You get to love your pretence. It's true, we're locked in an image, an act- and the sad thing is, people get so used to their image, they grow attached to their masks. They love their chains. They forget all about who they really are. And if you try to remind them, they hate you for it, they feel like you're trying to steal their most precious possession.

    • Jim Morrison: I think there's a whole region of images and feelings inside us that rarely are given outlet in daily life. And when they do come out, they can take perverse forms. It's the dark side. Everyone, when he sees it, recognizes the same thing in himself. It's a recognition of forces that rarely see the light of day. The more civilized we get on the surface, the more the other forces make their plea.

    • Jim Morrison: People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that's bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they're afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they're wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It's all in how you carry it. That's what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you're letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.

    • Jim Morrison: I offer images- I conjure memories of freedom that can still be reached- like the Doors, right? But we can only open the doors, we can't drag people through. I can't free them unless they want to be free. Maybe primitive people have less bullshit to let go of, to give up. A person has to be willing to give up everything- not just wealth. All the bullshit that he's been taught- all society's brainwashing. You have to let go of all that to get to the other side. Most people aren't willing to do that.

    • Jim Morrison: I see myself as a huge fiery comet, a shooting star. Everyone stops, points up and gasps "Oh look at that!" Then- whoosh, and I'm gone...and they'll never see anything like it ever again...and they won't be able to forget me- ever.

    • Jim Morrison: Think of us as erotic politicians.

    • Jim Morrison: Let's just say I was testing the bounds of reality. I was curious to see what would happen. That's all it was: curiosity.

    • Jim Morrison: A hero is someone who rebels or seems to rebel against the facts of existence and seems to conquer them. Obviously that can only work at moments. It can't be a lasting thing. That's not saying that people shouldn't keep trying to rebel against the facts of existence. Someday, who knows, we might conquer death, disease and war.

    • Jim Morrison: When you make your peace with authority, you become an authority.

    • Jim Morrison: I think the highest and lowest points are the important ones. Anything else is just...in between. I want the freedom to try everything.

    • Jim Morrison: We're like actors, turned loose in this world to wander in search of a phantom, endlessly searching for a half-formed shadow of our lost reality. When others demand that we become the people they want us to be, they force us to destroy the person we really are. It's a subtle kind of murder. The most loving parents and relatives commit this murder with smiles on their faces.

    • Jim Morrison: Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.

    • Jim Morrison: A friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself.

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

    • Jim Morrison: The future is uncertain and the end is always near

    • Jim Morrison: This is the strangest life I've ever known

    • Jim Morrison: Each day is a drive thru history

    • Jim Morrison: There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors

    • Jim Morrison: Blake said that the body was the soul's prison unless the five senses are fully developed and open. He considered the senses the 'windows of the soul.' When sex involves all the senses intensely, it can be like a mystical experience

    • Jim Morrison: 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... Rather than starting inside, I start outside and reach the mental through the physical

    • Jim Morrison: You're all a bunch of xuckin' slaves

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

    • Jim Morrison: Actually I don't remember being born, It must have happened during one of my black outs

    • Jim Morrison: The time to hesitate is through

    • Jim Morrison: How can I set free anyone who doesn't have the guts to stand up alone and declare his own freedom? I think it's a lie – people claim they want to be free – everybody insists that freedom is what they want the most, the most sacred and precious thing a man can possess. But that's bullshit! People are terrified to be set free – they hold on to their chains. They fight anyone who tries to break those chains. It's their security…How can they expect me or anyone else to set them free if they don't really want to be free

    • Jim Morrison: Listen, real poetry doesn't say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through anyone that suits you

    • Jim Morrison: Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts

    • Jim Morrison: Let's just say I was testing the bounds of reality. I was curious to see what would happen. That's all it was: curiosity

    • Jim Morrison: Drugs are a bet with your mind

    • Jim Morrison: There are things known, and there are things unknown, And in between are the Doors

    • Jim Morrison: I am the lizard king. I can do anything

    • Jim Morrison: When you make your peace with authority, you become authority

    • Jim Morrison: I think in art, but especially in films, people are trying to confirm their own existences

    • Jim Morrison: Whoever controls the media, controls the mind

    • Jim Morrison: Being drunk is a good disguise. I drink so I can talk to axxholes. This includes me

    • Jim Morrison: Each generation wants new symbols, new people, new names. They want to divorce themselves from their predecessors

    • Jim Morrison: We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict

    • Jim Morrison: I believe in a long, prolonged derangement of the senses to attain the unknown. Our pale reasoning hides the infinite from us

    • Jim Morrison: the future's uncertain and the end is always near

    • Jim Morrison: as i look back...over my life...i am struck by post cards...ruined snapshots...faded posters...of a time..i can't recall

    • Jim Morrison: I think the highest and lowest points are the important ones. Anything else is just...in between. I want the freedom to try everything

    • Jim Morrison: This is the strangest life I've ever known

    • Jim Morrison: I wouldn't mind dying in a plane crash. It'd be a good way to go. I don't want to die in my sleep, or of old age, or OD...I want to feel what it's like. I want to taste it, hear it, smell it. Death is only going to happen to you once; I don't want to miss it

    • Jim Morrison: Where's your will to be weird

    • Jim Morrison: The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder

    • Jim Morrison: Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as ravens claws

    • Jim Morrison: People fear death even more than pain. It's strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah, I guess it is a friend

    • Jim Morrison: I like people who shake other people up and make them feel uncomfortable

    • Jim Morrison: The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on and individual level. It's got to happen inside first. You can take away a man's political freedom and you won't hurt him- unless you take away his freedom to feel. That can destroy him. That kind of freedom can't be granted. Nobody can win it for you

    • Jim Morrison: Love cannot save you from your own fate

    • Jim Morrison: Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free

    • Jim Morrison: That's what real love amounts to- letting a person be what he really is. Most people love you for who you pretend to be. To keep their love, you keep pretending- performing. You get to love your pretence. It's true, we're locked in an image, an act

    • Jim Morrison: I see myself as a huge fiery comet, a shooting star. Everyone stops, points up and gasps "Oh look at that!" Then- whoosh, and I'm gone...and they'll never see anything like it ever again... and they won't be able to forget me- ever

    • Jim Morrison: I believe in a long, prolonged, derangement of the senses in order to obtain the unknown."

    • Jim Morrison: 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 moments

    • Jim Morrison: People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that's bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they're afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they're wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It's all in how you carry it. That's what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you're letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain

    • Jim Morrison: Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.

    • Jim Morrison: When you make your peace with authority, you become authority.

    • Jim Morrison: We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict.

    • Jim Morrison: Violence isn't always evil. What's evil is the infatuation with violence.

    • Jim Morrison: There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors.

    • Jim Morrison: The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.

    • Jim Morrison: The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.

    • Jim Morrison: The appeal of cinema lies in the fear of death.

    • Jim Morrison: Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts.

    • Jim Morrison: Sex is full of lies. The body tries to tell the truth. But, it's usually too battered with rules to be heard, and bound with pretenses so it can hardly move. We cripple ourselves with lies.

    • Jim Morrison: People fear death even more than pain. It's strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah, I guess it is a friend.

    • Jim Morrison: Music inflames temperament.

    • Jim Morrison: Love cannot save you from your own fate.

    • Jim Morrison: Listen, real poetry doesn't say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through anyone that suits you.

    • Jim Morrison: It's like gambling somehow. You go out for a night of drinking and you don't know where your going to end up the next day. It could work out good or it could be disastrous. It's like the throw of the dice.

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

    • Jim Morrison: 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... Rather than starting inside, I start outside and reach the mental through the physical.

    • Jim Morrison: Hatred is a very underestimated emotion.

    • Jim Morrison: spectators are quiet vampires. Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself-and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to-letting a person be what he really is.

    • Jim Morrison: spectators are quiet vampires.

    • Jim Morrison: Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.

    • Jim Morrison: Drugs are a bet with your mind.

    • Jim Morrison: Blake said that the body was the soul's prison unless the five senses are fully developed and open. He considered the senses the 'windows of the soul.' When sex involves all the senses intensely, it can be like a mystical experence.

    • Jim Morrison: A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Jim is my all-time favorite....I love him!

    10
    Jim was one of the most amazing people ever to exist. I admire his poetry and it inspires my poetry as well. I love every song recorded by The Doors, which he was the lead in. Whenever people ask me to come up with my favorite song or band it always has something to do with him. He only lived 27 rebellious years. He was very intelligent, although he did not make the wisest decisions. His ideas were way ahead of his time. He was originally from florida, but alittle after college he moved out to southern california. He had brilliant lyrics, which really caught your attention. The moods, in the music were created not only by the music ,but his words. Unfortunately, he passed away from drugs in paris, france. Some believe that he is still alive today. He had a mysterious death, which was taken care of by his girlfriend, Pamela Courson and a doctor who was never heard from again. His band members remembered him explaining that someday he wanted to fake his death...that also seemed to turn heads. Every single day, I look up his poetry, and listen to his deep voice and think about James Douglas Morrison.moreless
  • The rebel...

    10
    Jim Morrison had many places to go and many achievements to acomplish in his live before his untimely death. He was one of he great stars of music in his time. I believe the Band could be still going strong today if it weren't for Jim's death. He had a unique poetic writing pattern to most of his songs, He sang them with conviction and heart, When he lost his battle with the struggle in his life to drugs we lost a great poet, singer and ledgend. In his short life Jim had released so many number one singles that at the rate he was going he could have by far surpassed some of the legend that exsist today.moreless
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