Remembering Jim Morrison Through His Own Words

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Although he may be remembered most for his shock and awe antics on the stage, Jim Morrison was perhaps a poet above all else. As the lead singer and songwriter of the Doors, his baritone voice carried the lyrics in a distinctive way making them one of the most iconic psychedelic rock bands of the ’60s largely remembered for songs like “Riders on the Storm” and “Light My Fire.” His character as a writer was overshadowed during his lifetime as he became known as the Lizard King and his wild behavior fueled his performances. The rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle caught up with Morrison, however, who was known for his drinking and drug use. His penchant for acting out on and off the stage got him in trouble with the law on multiple occasions and eventually led to a conviction for indecent exposure and profanity. In 1971, he chose to leave the music scene and instead pursue poetry in Paris. He died later that year from heart failure.

In 2010, the album The Complete Lost Interview Series-Featuring Jim Morrison was released, following several other albums featuring clips from interviews with the musician from the ’60s and ’70s. In the album, Morrison reveals his thoughts about love, death, and his then upcoming legal trial. Ahead, we look back on some of the words he shared on those tapes.

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