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2 years 2 months ago in Community

Hi, I have rediscovered Jim Morrison and The Doors after 23 years...
I was introduced to their music by a high school friend, but she became interested in the occult so I ended the friendship and never listened to The Doors again. Unfortunately, because of that experience, I have always associated Jim Morrison and The Doors with bad vibes and negativity. However, now that I'm older, I have decided that I would like to get to know Jim and The Doors from scratch, on my own terms.
I would be grateful if anyone could please tell me - if I wanted an accurate version of who Jim Morrison was (I'm not interested in the Oliver Stone interpretation), which books should I read and which documentaries should I watch?
Thank you : )

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2 years 2 months ago

I did see all the recommendations you posted. I wasn't trying to discredit any of them, I was merely stating my opionions regarding the books I felt were relevant to The Doors. I read John Densmores book when it came out, and I haven't read it again. I just remember he seemed angry towards Jim M. Time changes people, and I respect his views on preserving Jim Morrisons legacy today. I'm sure it hasn't been easy on him, I can only imagine.

I was there opening night in 1991 for Oliver Stones crap movie! And while the movie does a great disservice to Jim Morrisons legacy, it does have a great soundtrack!! :)

2 years 2 months ago

I have that book as well. I think it's more pictorial then anything else. It is a great book, and if you look back I did say that Sage should read the books by Ray and John. Naturally, two people who knew him pretty well. Honestly though, I don't think John knew him as well as Ray did. I love all The Doors, but I don't feel that John wanted to know the real Jim. I love the fact that John: to this day, holds on to the Jim that wouldn't have wanted to expose The Doors to commercialism, but I feel that he wanted to hide who Jim really was, and I can say that, because I have a brother who was very much like Jim....As crazy as this may sound, the movie The Doors, got me to look into who the real Doors really were. I hated the movie, so I started to find out all I could about the real Doors....

2 years 2 months ago

Everyone's forgetting the book The Doors by The Doors and Ben Fong-Torres! Excellent book! Also, Ray Manzarek, and John Densmore's books! People who were there! Also, go on YouTube and listen to Jim Morrison in his own words. I read NOHGOA in the 80's and it warped my perspective on Jim Morrison. Once I joined the old Doors board, I learned he was not this crazed drunk. And like everyone else said the movie When You're Strange. All good places to start! :)

2 years 2 months ago

Thanks very much. I have written myself a list and I will start working through it : )

2 years 2 months ago

I'm glad you're not interested in The Oliver Stone version, because it's bogus...B*****it....Even though the movie is supposed to be based on the book No One Here Gets Out Alive, it's not. Even so, that is the first book I would recommend that you read. It's the first one that I read. I agree with the other members that When You're Strange is another great way to get to know Jim and The Doors. Also too, I would highly recommend the books by Ray and John. They both give their own insight to the man...and being a part of The Doors. Reading Jim's poetry is also a great way to find out about Jim, and realize that he was a highly intelligent man, with an extremely high IQ. All the Doors were extremely intelligent people, as Paul Rothchild once said. I could go on for quite along time, but I'll let you determine for yourself. Start with that book, and go from there. I couldn't put it down, and I've read more then once.

2 years 2 months ago

I would also highly recommend When You're Strange, it is quite wonderful :)

2 years 2 months ago

Thank you, that is very interesting : )

I'm especially looking forward to seeing this documentary about JM when it comes out "Before the End: Jim Morrison Comes of Age"

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zmachine/before-the-end-jim-morrison-comes-of-age

I think it's so sad that so much negativity was (and still is) projected onto him when, like you said, he was just an extremely talented kid.

2 years 2 months ago

The film/dvd When You're Strange, available here at the store on this site, is highly recommended. There are many, many interviews, concert footage and other similar material available on youtube, too. I thought the interview with Jim's father and sister especially interesting http://youtu.be/Kz63-q8otYM and this interview with Tony Funches, Jim's bodyguard, is also interesting and insightful http://www.doors.com/magazine/Tony_Funches.html plus... if you're lucky you may see Tony visit this community forum from time to time. I am sure there are as many sides to Jim as anyone else and it's difficult to say he was this or he was that. I would say he was just a kid, what the hell did I know when I was 27, and a very gifted kid.

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