Did the Doors, Morrison specifically,
inspire you to a favorite author ?
a really fine read
a possible chance meeting
(perhaps just nod- a hello-
between Morrison & Kerouac ?
material for a historical novel !
ala Yalom’s excellent novel
of a fictional meeting between
Nietzsche & Breuer
Since I've come to know and love the Doors over the last 25yrs. I've learned a lot from Jim Morrison as well as Ray, Robby, and John. One of my favorite books is On The Road, by Jack Kerouac. I have probably read it over 10 times. It says something to you, and each time I read it, I take something new from it. Jim was a lot like Jack. I know he wanted to emulate him in a lot of ways. We all know that Ray said in his book, if it wasn't for On The Road, there probably never would have been any Doors. Jack Kerouac was the leader of the Beat Generation. I think it all started with him, and of course the others followed. Like Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and so on. In fact, I think he came up with the term Beat Generation. Maybe, to answer another question, the sixties were an era where the younger generation broke out because they had influences like those I mentioned, and we don't have that anymore. People accused that generation of not loving their country, but I think just the opposite was true. That's why the sixties were so radical, because they loved their country so much they were tired of racism, and bigotry, and the little man always getting stepped on. So they decided they were going to do something about it. Jack Kerouac loved this country a great deal. He was fascinated with America. Not the United States, but America. I know, you're saying to yourselves, what's the difference. Well, there's a big difference. The United States is government, and politics, but America is the people, and the beauty of it. I hope I'm saying this right. It's hard sometimes to put into words, for me anyway, when you are very passionate about something. To get people to understand what you mean. Jack Kerouac was a rebel. Most definitely, he spoke to Jim Morrison in a special way. I don't think I'm as intelligent by any means as Jim was, but I see what it was about Kerouac that Jim saw. I'd like to think that the two had met before, since they both lived in Clearwater at the same time. I don't think there's any mention of it anywhere, but it could've happened. Jim a young impressionable teenager meeting one of his idols. I know that Kerouac became a recluse in later years before his death. It might have been pretty hard to get near him then. Kerouac once said..." Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads, and popular opinion." He was way ahead of his time too.
Notes on Vision
I recall paying $ 13.00
(or there about)
for my Simon & Schuster
purple hardcover 1971
as it was to me for 30 years
someday it’ll be in my hands again
someone out there will come forward
back in '85 found a paperback version of Lord's and New Creature's at a used book store in Modesto, CA.
paid one buck
still got it.
in summer of 1999, july 4th week i was at the airport and had a few minutes to kill so in went into the little gift shop and there was a Gold Record in a frame with autographs of john ray robby and morrison. it was Waiting for the Sun. only has $100...they were asking $500. would have paid if i had it. someone must have needed money to get out of Vegas or get back to a craps table. i should have called my cousin to front me the $$$ but i only had a few minutes before the plane would leave.
I'll split the lost book dues with ya, Nancy !
that would be a hot book!
i wouldnt trust myself with it...i am sure it would never find its way back to the library...lol
Morrison influenced a majority of my reading.
enough to turn this into a reading club Ha ha
I thought it cool when Morrison would tell roommates
to open a book at random from his vast collection,
read a couple sentences, and he could name the author
One of the first books I bought was
“The Lords & New Creatures” in ‘72.
A first edition published by Simon & Schulster
It was a purple hard cover,
w/Jim’s signature embossed in gold,
w/ paper cover of the famous lion photo.
unfortunately the Book
Is in another hands
I hope they understand
A hard copy Morrison poetry book at the libro ?
I’d get my hands on that quick!
excellent immaculate --
Blake & Huxley are real high
of Morrison inspired authors
I always associate
‘tyger, tyger burning bright’
A fearful symmetry for sure
I became interested and curious to learn about what Jim Morrison read. Kerouac, Nietzsche, Rimbaud. But I have only semi-mastered Kerouac! But it's a start!
Can't say I have nearly the literary appetite that Morrison had. Let alone my limited reading comprehension. However, one I always liked was Kerouac's on the road.
one of his books(jims) is at the library..i was thinking of checking it out...ive never read any of his books of poetry...and its a hard back one..my friend works at the library and he looked it up for me and we found one copy...
I probably would have never read Aldous Huxley had it not been for Morrison and the Doors. Morrison named the Doors after a line from a poem by William Blake. "If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite." Likewise, Huxley wrote a book in 1954 whose title "The Doors of Perception" were also derived from Blakes' poem. And if I had never read Huxley, I would have missed his opus, "Diary of a Drug Fiend."