Jim Morrison was the lead singer of the Doors and a rock rebel of the 1960s who died in Paris on 7 July 1971. Since his death he has become the quintessential counter-culture pop hero. In researching this biography the author has travelled the world to interview those who were close to Morrison. The result is a detailed and personal portrait of a man whose self-destructive life-style ran parallel with his irrepressible creativity, in a reflection of his impulse towards self-degradation paradoxically twinned with an urgent desire to "break on through".
Here is yet another book about Jim Morrison. What has Jones done that Morrison's other biographers haven't? First, he includes tons of photographs , with many shots in color and many available for the first time, e.g., family portraits. There are also plenty of shots of the Lizard King smiling, which we don't see too often. Second, Jones devotes considerable space to Morrison's grave site in Paris's Pere-Lachaise cemetery, usually so mobbed that Morrison seems to have as many followers as Jesus Christ. The description of this adolescent and subculture mecca is enough to make one wonder about Morrison's continued power. In fact, Jones's comments are often harshly critical of the man and his work. This criticism will be almost a relief to the many seasoned fans who have begun to suspect that Morrison was not as great as they had thought. Yet at times even Jones becomes so adulatory that his book loses its balance as fair criticism of a major late-20th-century pop culture figure, and falls to nothing more than what you would expect--idol worship. Still, Jones has his finer moments. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/90.
- Louis Cone, New York
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Descrizione libro Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 1991. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 747509514
Descrizione libro Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 1991. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0747509514