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James Douglas Morrison (8 December 1943 – 3 July 1971) was an American singer, songwriter, writer, and poet. He was best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the popular American rock band The Doors, and is considered to be one of the most charismatic frontmen in the history of rock music. He was also an author of several poetry books, a documentary, short film, and three early music videos ("The Unknown Soldier","Moonlight Drive", and "People are Strange"). Morrison's death at the age of 27 in Paris stunned his fans; the circumstances of his death and secret burial have been the subject of endless rumours and play a significant part in the mystique that continues to surround him.
"Well, I knew Jim Morrison too. As a matter of fact, my wife knew Jim Morrison when she was a child. They used to play together. In fact, I think she even hit him on the head with a hammer or something. And so, I know all about Jim Morrison. And, as a matter of fact, Herb Cohen tried to manage him at one time. And they were playing around LA when we first started. They were working at the Whisky a Go-Go and all that stuff. And so I am pretty well-acquainted with the rise of Jim Morrison. And the thing that was obnoxious about Jim Morrison was when Crawdaddy decided to proclaim him the Lizard King of rock and roll and went on this bizarre rampage. And the type of merchandising that was originally associated with Doors music I thought was really distasteful and stretching the boundaries of what it actually was beyond the realm of credibility.
Okay. So what you are making fun of is the deification of Jim Morrison.
No, I'm not even picking on Jim Morrison. I am talking about the machinery that takes anything and exaggerates it to the point where it's blown out of proportion and the public believes the inflated version of what the reality is. I am a realistic kind of a guy. I just try and look at things the way they are, take them for what they are, deal with them the way they are, and go on to the next case. But, Americans thrive on hype and bloated images and bloated everything, and anything that's realistic they turn away from. They want the candy gloss version of whatever it is. And Jim Morrison is only one example of that."'' (FZ in Frank Zappa, 82/03)
References to Jim Morrison and The Doors
- The M.O.I. Anti-Smut Loyalty Oath was held as a reaction to Morrison's arrest because of public indecency. Morrison showed his penis on stage in 1969 and was promptly arrested.
- Tinsel Town Rebellion (The Track): "It works for all those record company pricks/ Who come to skim the cream/ From the cesspools of excitement/ Where Jim Morrison once stood."
- Tiny Sick Tears and the reference No Not Now are a parody of "The End" by The Doors.
- After The Mothers: Zappa and the L.A. Philharmonic
- We're Turning Again