Jim Morrison and The Doors were and are still well known worldwide. While their music is known globally I have found facts and my opinions that I believe even the strongest Doors fan doesn’t know. I grew up hearing the Doors music on the radio. I believe my older brother had one of their albums and I remember holding the album cover and just studying it. It was their LA Woman album. I was between the ages of 7 through 11 when The Doors were out there creating albums and going on worldwide tours. It wasn’t until I was in my early twenties that I really got into their music and learned about Jim Morrison. I didn’t get obsessed like most Morrison fans are but yes I am going through an obsessed phase now.
What causes us to be so fascinated by him?
I have been studying him, speculating and hypothesizing possible reasons as to why we are so fascinated with him. We are hypnotized and mesmerized by him. No drugs are needed to get hooked. No alcohol needs to be consumed to get enchanted by him. Was it his looks? He had perfect facial features and beautiful wavy brown hair that seemed to become his crown of glory or magical mane. Then there was his long lean body that he used as a sexual tool on stage. Who can forget those tight leather pants with the conch seashell belt? It seemed to become his official concert uniform and he wore it proudly. What about his behavior? One minute he would be prancing around the stage in a very whimsical manner and then the next minute he was crawling up into the fetal position while lying on the stage floor. Was it his mystic lyrics that didn’t make sense? Was it because of the breathtaking sound of his perfect singing voice? I can say No to that one. Andy Warhol was so obsessed with him that he use to follow him around like a lovesick puppy. Jim Morrison did outrageous self-destructive things on and off stage but we still love him. But is that love combined with our concern, compassion and desire to know about that deep sadness he always carried with him?
Jim Morrison in the year 2011
Looking back at his life, we can speculate that he probably suffered from bipolar disorder, extreme depression and social anxiety disorder and used drugs to self medicate. In the 1960’s not much was known about these emotional disorders/chemical imbalances. Bipolar certainly was not identified yet by psychiatrists. There were no medications like Paxil, Prozac, Effexor and so on. If he was here now in 2011 his friends and family would say to put him in a 30 day rehab program along with the likes of Lindsay Lohan , Elton John and David Bowie. An intervention would be made. Treat him for his depression and substance abuse. There was no reason for rehab In the 1960s. The idea was not common and certainly not the norm for treatment. Most rock stars, actors or actresses who liked to dabble in alcohol or drugs were just tolerated by their managers and fellow performers. Enablers are what we would call them now. Usually managers and friends would cover up for them and the problem was swept under the proverbial rug.
“This is the end-my only friend the end.” Written by Jim Morrison. Did he know he would only find his peace at the ending of his life? Yes, I believe things would have been different now. But we must look at the happiness he has left us through his music. Look at his talent, his suffering and hope that he is at peace which was all he ever wanted in the first place.
Facts I bet you didn’t know *1
Jim had ten or more security guards and police officers on stage with him when he performed to keep him from falling off the stage and to keep fans from grabbing at him.
At the request of Pam his girlfriend and The Doors manager for him to see a psychologist he did. He went for one session and never went back.
Elvis Presley was Jim’s idol later to be replaced by Frank Sinatra .
In order to keep Jim’s interest their manager Bill Siddons hired a guitarist who performed with Elvis to hang out in their recording studio.
The band was offered $75,000 to use Light My Fire in a television car advertisement. Jim said absolutely Not so no Door song has ever been used in a car commercial.
He never sang a song before becoming The Doors lead singer.
Jim said his style of singing was that of a screaming crooner.
The Doors still sell over one million albums each year including the present.
1 Facts from When You’re Strange. (2009) A movie by Tom Dicillio. 1969 fragments from Jim Morrison’s filmmaking days.