68 years back on this very day, Jim Morrison also known as the ‘lizard king’, who was a mesmeric figure in American sixties, a young poet, a rebel was born. His charisma made him one of the most influential musicians.
He is best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock group, The doors, who derived their name from the popular quote by William Blake.
‘If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.’
Jim Morrison was born as James Douglas Morrison in Melbourne, Florida to Admiral George Stephen Morrison and Clara Morrison. It is believed that Jim Morrison did not have a very pleasant childhood. He expresses his hatred for his parents through songs like “the end” by using some severe comments
When Jim Morrison was four years old, his family was driving in the desert somewhere between Santa fe. And Albuquerque , when he witnessed a car accident in which a family of native Americans was dying. This incident left a remarkable impact on him and is mentioned in several songs like “Dawn’s Highway” and “peace frog”
Morrison was considered to be the most notorious rock star and was involved in several controversies. His poems were written out of deep thought during different patches of his controversial life. No one had a clearer grasp of complexities and ironies than Jim Morrison.
After excessive intake of alcohol, narcotics and extreme fascination with death since childhood, Morrison died on July 3, 1971 at the age of 27. The absence of an official autopsy has left many questions regarding Morrison’s cause of death.
As said by Stephen Davis who wrote his official biography called ‘life, death, legend’
‘Jim Morrison lived fast, died young and left a less-than exquisite corpse in Paris while hiding out from the law’
And yet even today his ideologies make the lizard king a legend.