Jim Morrison was born James Douglas Morrison on the 8th December 1943 and is one of the most iconic frontmen of rock music to have ever lived. This is in part due to the success of his band The Doors, his lyrics, his voice, as well as wild performances and sadly the tragedy surrounding his death in 1971 at the age of 27.
Morrison co-founded the Doors with Ray Manzarek in 1965 spending their early years failing to find success until releasing their single Light My Fire. In total, they recorded six albums, all of which were commercial and critical successes, with the Doors recording two more after he died. Their music and Morrisons performance embodied youth counterculture and was an icon for youth everywhere.
Sadly, Morrison suffered from substance abuse, primarily alcohol during the 60s and this led to erratic performances with the band. He was in Paris at the time of his unexpected death and as a result of there never being an autopsy, his death was never explained, lending itself to conspiracy theory and mystery. In 1993, over 20 years after his death, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as part of the Doors.
1. 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
2. Film spectators are quiet vampires.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Violence isn’t always evil. What’s evil is the infatuation with violence.
6. Drugs are a bet with your mind.
7. Listen, real poetry doesn’t say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through any one that suits you.
8. Listen, real poetry doesn’t say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through any one that suits you.
9. Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.
10 .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.
11. Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts.
12. Love cannot save you from your own fate.
13. If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it’s to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.
14. I see myself as an intelligent, sensitive human, with the soul of a clown which forces me to blow it at the most important moments.
15. I believe in a long, prolonged, derangement of the senses in order to obtain the unknown.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. I’m interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that appears to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. The appeal of cinema lies in the fear of death.
23. We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict.
24. A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.
25. When you make your peace with authority, you become authority.
26. Music inflames temperament.
27. I think in art, but especially in films, people are trying to confirm their own existences.
28. I think in art, but especially in films, people are trying to confirm their own existences.
29. Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
30. There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors.
31. Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as ravens claws.
32. I like people who shake other people up and make them feel uncomfortable.
33. Each generation wants new symbols, new people, new names. They want to divorce themselves from their predecessors.
34. This is the strangest life I’ve ever known.
35. Where’s your will to be weird?
36. Actually I don’t remember being born, it must have happened during one of my black outs.