“He was my friend, we were college buddies, we put a band together and the band became famous, and we realised our artistic vision. Who’s going to write better poetry than Jim Morrison?” –Ray Manzarek to MOJO, December 1997.
"Very, very polite. Incredibly well read. A great conversationalist. Artists like him, they see things and they’re on such a high plane that it’s difficult for them to have somebody to be on the same plane with. Jim was like that.” –Bruce Botnick
“To remember the lyrics he would think of melodies and then they would stay in his head. He had melodies and lyrics in his head, and he would sing them a cappella, and we would eke out the arrangements.” – Ray Manzarek on Jim’s songwriting process.
“Half of the people are getting very classical, sophisticated, and theatrical, and then there's the need for blues. There's a split. I'd like to do both. I enjoy both. I think that the Doors have a combination of both now.
"In the beginning we were creating our music, ourselves, every night...starting with a few outlines, maybe a few words for a song. Sometimes we worked out in Venice, looking at the surf. We were together a lot and it was good times for all of us.
"I think that, more than writing music and as a singer, my greatest talent is that I had an instinctive knack of self-image propagation. I was very good at manipulating publicity with a few little phrases like 'erotic politics'.
Reflecting the uncertain, tumultuous era in which it was made, much of the popular music of 1968 was moody, trippy, obtuse — and, not surprisingly, utterly confounding to most of the men and women who worked at LIFE magazine.
Observations, comments, and pithy remarks excepted from Jim's book The Lords, printed this spring- about 200 copies for his friends, he says, There will also be a simultaneous private printing of Morrison poems; the fourth Doors album; a screenplay he's writing in collaboration with poet M