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Because the lead singer and lyricist for the Doorways, Jim Morrison is among the most legendary and influential numbers in rock and roll & roll background. The troubling, image-rich poeticism of Morrison’s lyrics, flawlessly backed by the Doorways’ swirling, eclectic psychedelic rock and roll, have guaranteed him carrying on icon position, while his fondness for theatrical surprise strategies and nihilistic angst possess affected countless imitators. Unlike additional psychedelic performers, who tended to favour whimsy or mysticism, Morrison noticed expansion of awareness as a means of gaining usage of the unconscious mind’s dark, unacknowledged wishes; his rampaging id dominated his music using a lust for assault, sex, alcohol, medications, self-destruction, anything forbidden for just about any reason with the power of conventional middle America, and he attempted to live out that life style as greatest he could. A few of Morrison’s function continues to be criticized — both during his life time and afterward — as as well melodramatic and calculatedly outrageous, but also at his most irritating, Morrison’s ideas have got achieved a long lasting resonance with newer years in addition to his initial supporters, and his greatest material remains a few of the most primary and visionary rock and roll music ever documented. Adam Douglas Morrison was created on Dec 8, 1943, in Melbourne, FL. His dad was a back admiral within the U.S. Navy, as well as the family members thus transferred around a good deal. A rigorous authoritarian, Morrison’s dad was probably a significant way to obtain the outlandish rebellion that his boy later on acted out on-stage; when Morrison started his climb to stardom, he’d falsely declare that both of his parents had been dead. After going to St. Petersburg Junior University and Florida Condition University to get a yr apiece, Morrison shifted to the Western Coast to review film and theatre at UCLA in 1964. He became infatuated using the poetry of William Blake as well as the writings of philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, and he steadily drifted from college to focus on his poetry and test out drugs, especially LSD. In 1965, Morrison therefore significantly impressed film-school classmate Ray Manzarek (a classically qualified keyboardist and person in an area blues music group) along with his early efforts at lyric composing that both decided to type a music group. Robbie Krieger and John Densmore had been quickly recruited from your Psychedelic Rangers, as well as the Doorways had been given birth to; the name was Morrison’s idea, extracted from The Doorways of Belief, Aldous Huxley’s publication on mescaline, and its own introductory William Blake estimate. Morrison was a tentative frontman initially, avoiding eye connection with the target audience or even singing along with his back again to them, but he quickly arrived of his shell, flinging his mike stand around and deploying it like a phallic sign. As the Doorways increased to stardom making use of their 1967 debut and battled to keep up that position, Morrison’s ever-increasing drawback and simultaneous indulgence in hedonistic extra threatened the band’s balance. He destroyed a number of the band’s studio room equipment inside a drunken outburst of temper, and he designed his a lot more erratic concert behavior — miming sex, barrages of profanity, and comparable antics — to provoke extreme, frenzied target audience reactions. This didn’t go unnoticed for legal reasons enforcement officials within the locales where Morrison performed; he was maced by law enforcement in New Haven, CT, who captured him backstage with a lady lover, and after acquiring the stage and baiting the officials, he was caught on obscenity costs, which he was later on acquitted. Locations in Phoenix and Very long Island subsequently prohibited the Doorways after Morrison allegedly incited target audience riots; the complete clutter finally boiled over in March 1969, when Morrison uncovered himself for an viewers in Miami and was imprisoned for exhibiting “lewd and lascivious behavior.” Following a two-month trial, he was discovered guilty, depleting the music group financially and emotionally and nearly leading to their break up. The Doorways retreated towards the studio room, where they sounded musically rejuvenated for the hard-rocking Morrison Resort (1970) and L.A. Girl (1971). Supporting travels had been marked by continuing law enforcement harassment, and afterward, a frustrated Morrison left the united states along with his wife Pamela, ultimately settling in Paris to unwind and compose poetry (he previously had his initial assortment of poems, GOD, THE FATHER as well as the Creatures, released in 1970). But minus the support of his bandmates, Morrison spiraled irrevocably uncontrollable, and he was discovered useless in his bath tub on July 3, 1971, the sufferer of the apparent coronary attack. He was just 27 yrs . old. Morrison was buried within the Poets’ Part of Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, a location distributed by Balzac, Moliere, and Oscar Wilde. Live recordings, greatest-hits choices, and recordings and books of Morrison’s poetry possess appeared frequently within the years since, and his tale has just grown using the duration of time.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jim Morrison
Died July 3, 1971, Paris, France
Height 1.8 m
Profession Actor, Poet, Singer-songwriter, Film director, Songwriter, Screenwriter, Film Score Composer
Education University of California, Los Angeles, George Washington Middle School, Alameda High School, Florida State University, St. Petersburg College
Nationality American
Spouse Pamela Courson
Parents George Stephen Morrison, Clara Clarke Morrison
Siblings Andrew Lee Morrison, Anne Robin Morrison
Music Groups The Doors, Rick & the Ravens
Music Songs Light My Fire, Roadhouse Blues, The End, Break on Through, People Are Strange, The Crystal Ship, Love Her Madly, Hello, I Love You, Riders On The Storm, Love Me Two Times, Love Street, L.A. Woman, Touch Me, When the Music's Over, Ghost Song, Peace Frog, Strange Days, Moonlight Drive, Back Door Man, Five to One, Indian Summer, Alabama Song, Celebration of the Lizard: Not to Touch the Earth, Wild Child, I Looked at You, Love Me 2 Times, Unhappy Girl, End Of The Night, Soul Kitchen, Maggie M'Gill, Spanish Caravan, Been Down So Long
Albums An American Prayer, L.A. Woman, Morrison Hotel, The Soft Parade, Waiting for the Sun, The Doors, Feel the Blues
Nominations Brit Award for British Single, Brit Award for British Breakthrough Act, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, NRJ Music Award for International Male Artist of the Year, Echo Award for Best International Newcomer, World Music Award for World’s Best Live Act, NRJ Music Award for International Breakthrough of the Year, World Music Award for World’s Best Male Artist, World Music Award for World’s Best Entertainer of the Year, Echo Award for Best International Rock/Pop Male Artist, Danish Music Award for Foreign Newcomer of the Year
Movies The Doors: When You're Strange, Love Her Madly, Feast of Friends, HWY: An American Pastoral, A Feast of Friends, The Rock


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#Fact
1 Grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and went to nearby Sandia high school before moving.
2 Died at 27 years old, making him a member of the "27 Club"; The 27 Club is a group of prominent musicians that died at the age of 27. Other members include Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones, guitarist Jimi Hendrix, singer Janis Joplin, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and singer Amy Winehouse.
3 His birthday (December 8) is also the anniversary of the death of Beatle John Lennon.
4 He and the Doors were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
5 His Georgia-born father, George Morrison (January 7, 1919 - November 17, 2008) was a Navy rear admiral who once earned distinction as becoming the youngest admiral in the Navy. He also served as operations officer aboard the aircraft carrier Midway and commanded the fleet during the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin incident which contributed to the escalation of American involvement in Vietnam. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, George was aboard the mine-layer Pruitt in Pearl Harbor when it was bombed by the Japanese on December 7, 1941. Though he and Jim were largely estranged, he admitted that he viewed Jim's success with pride a year before his son's death in 1971.
6 Recorded six studio albums with the Doors, though there have been countless posthumous releases.
7 Contrary to popular belief, the Doors did not disband when Morrison died. The surviving members released two additional studio albums, "Other Voices" and "Full Circle".
8 Originally intended to become a film director.
9 Was an avid fan of Filmmakers Josef von Sternberg and Jean Renoir.
10 He was of English, with some Scottish and German, as well as distant Dutch, ancestry.
11 Born in Florida, he grew up in Virginia, New Mexico, and California.
12 Ranked #7 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
13 Early in the Doors' career, he proposed a group policy in which all band decisions would be either unanimously agreed upon or discarded, and that each member of the band would have veto power. The others approved his suggestion, and the policy remains in effect to this day, as all Doors-related releases, projects and decisions must have the okay of all three surviving Doors.
14 Before The Doors made their first album, Jim wanted to use a stage name: "James Phoenix." Keyboardist Ray Manzarek told him, "No way.".
15 Attended Florida State University before moving to California.
16 Is portrayed by Aaron Grain in The Linda McCartney Story (2000).
17 While on stage he had an outlandish and charismatic persona, offstage he was a very quiet and shy person. In fact, according to Ray Manzarek, Morrison once told him he never really felt comfortable at a party unless Ray or another member of the band were with him.
18 Longtime girlfriend Pamela Courson died of a heroin overdose in 1974.
19 Is portrayed by Val Kilmer in Oliver Stone's biopic The Doors (1991). Not only did Kilmer look a lot like Morrison, he did his own singing in the film, and The Doors surviving band members reportedly were so impressed by Kilmer's vocal similarities to Morrison's that they could not distinguish Kilmer's singing voice from Morrison's singing voice (close-up shots use Kilmer's voice, while long-distance shots use Morrison's).
20 Died two years to the day of the death of The Rolling Stones co-founder Brian Jones.
21 Reportedly had an I.Q. of 149.
22 During 1965-1966, before The Doors were established, Morrison, camping out on Venice rooftops, would peep on girls changing in neighboring apartments, recording everything he witnessed in notebooks (one of which survives).
23 The Doors were voted the 41st Greatest Artists in Rock 'n' Roll by Rolling Stone.
24 Is the only performer in rock history to have been arrested on stage during a performance (in New Haven, Connecticut, Dec. 10, 1967).
25 His nickname, "Mr. Mojo Risin'", is an anagram for Jim Morrison.
26 In 1966, before signing a record contract with Elektra, he told the band that he would fake his death to increase their notoriety. After Morrison's death in 1971, album sales skyrocketed.
27 In 1971, while living in Paris, he quit drinking, shaved his thick beard and lost a great deal of weight, beginning a clean and sober new life. However, reports at the time of death continue to depict him as bloated. Some attribute this to congestive heart failure.
28 Was a highly skilled swimmer.
29 Girlfriend, Pamela Courson opened a boutique financed by Jim called Themis (Goddess of light and beauty).
30 Was inspired by writings of Friedrich Nietzsche, Norman Mailer and Arthur Rimbaud, among others.
31 Favorite singer was Frank Sinatra.
32 After defying Ed Sullivan and using the lyric "Girl, we couldn't get much higher" while performing "Light My Fire" he and The Doors were never invited back to perform on Ed Sullivan' iconic Sunday night variety show.
33 Needed special permission to appear at the Isle of Wight festival in England due to the fact that he was still on trial for his indecent exposure arrest the previous year.
34 Refused to appear at Woodstock because he was paranoid that someone would take a shot at him as he performed onstage.
35 Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Doors) in 1993.
36 Morrison's grave in Paris, France, is reportedly the city's 4th most popular attraction after the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Louvre.
37 In 1970, shortly after the deaths of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, he reportedly told friends at a bar "You're drinking with number three."
38 Once wed to Patricia Kennely by a Pagan ritual called handfasting. The marriage was never legally recognized, but Patricia did change her last name to "Morrison"
39 Lived most of his infamous career in a cheap hotel on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.
40 Had long term relationship with Pamela Courson, but never married.
41 Buried at Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France.
42 Born at 11:55am-EWT


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Parashat Ha-Shavua 2006-2007 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Banda sonora 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Australian Idol 2005-2007 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Sopranos 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Entourage 2005-2007 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Ha-Shminiya 2006 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Saturday TV Funhouse 2006 TV Special writer: "The End" - uncredited
Druckfrisch 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
My Name Is Earl 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Wasteland 2005 Video Game writer: "Peace Frog"
Without a Trace 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Idol 2003-2005 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
X: Live in Los Angeles 2005 Video writer: "Soul Kitchen"
The Jeff Healey Band: Live at Montreux 1999 2005 Video documentary writer: "Roadhouse Blues"
Ramones Raw 2004 Documentary writer: "Take It As It Comes" - as Morrison
El Deseo 2004 TV Series writer: "Light my fire"
Super Idol 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tony Hawk's Underground 2 2004 Video Game writer: "Break on Through" - as The Doors
Woyzeck 2004 TV Movie writer: "Light my Fire"
Skeppsholmen TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2003 music - 1 episode, 2003
S.P.U.N.G TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2003 music - 1 episode, 2003
Medicopter 117 - Jedes Leben zählt 2002 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Pop Idol 2001-2002 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Tatort 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Copperfield: Tornado of Fire 2001 TV Special performer: "Touch Me"
Someone Like You... 2001 writer: "I'm a Tree"
Cast Away 2000 writer: "Light My Fire"
Girl, Interrupted 1999 writer: "Roadhouse Blues"
Me and Will 1999 writer: "Queen of the Highway"
Superstar 1999 "I'm a Tree"
That '70s Show 1999 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Waterboy 1998 writer: "Peace Frog"
The X Files 1998 writer: "Crystal Ship"
Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train 1998 writer: "Break On Through To the Other Side"
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Basketball Diaries 1995 writer: "Riders On The Storm"
Nico Icon 1995 Documentary writer: "The End"
Mystery Science Theater 3000 1992-1994 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Mistah 1994 writer: "Hello, I Love You", "The Unknown Soldier", "Riders On The Storm", "Break On Through To The Other Side", "The End"
Koskenkorva Cowboys 1992 writer: "Light My Fire", "Hello I Love You"
The Doors: The Soft Parade 1991 Video documentary writer: "Wild Child", "The Soft Parade"
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse 1991 Documentary writer: "The End"
Palm Harbor Vice 1991 writer: "L.A. Woman"
The Doors 1991 performer: "The Movie", "Severed Garden" / writer: "The Movie", "Not to Touch the Earth", "Dead Cats, Dead Rats", "Severed Garden", "Ghost Song"
Air America 1990 writer: "Love Me Two Times"
The Jeff Healey Band: See the Light - Live from London 1989 Video writer: "Roadhouse Blues"
Casualties of War 1989 writer: "Hello, I Love You"
Road House 1989 writer: "Roadhouse Blues"
The Wonder Years 1988-1989 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
True Believer 1989 writer: "Crystal Ship"
Less Than Zero 1987 lyrics: "Moonlight Drive" / music: "Moonlight Drive"
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam 1987 TV Movie documentary writer: "FIVE TO ONE"
Family Ties 1987 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Miami Vice 1985-1986 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
X: The Unheard Music 1986 Documentary writer: "Soul Kitchen"
The Doors: Dance on Fire 1985 Video documentary writer: "Wild Child", "Roadhouse Blues"
Vagabond 1985 writer: "The Changeling"
Storm Riders 1982 Documentary writer: "Riders On The Storm"
Neighbors 1981 writer: "Hello, I Love You"
Taps 1981/I writer: "Light My Fire"
American Pop 1981 writer: "People Are Strange"
Altered States 1980 writer: "Light My Fire" - uncredited
More American Graffiti 1979 writer: "Light My Fire"
Top of the Pops 1979 TV Series writer - 1 episode
WKRP in Cincinnati 1979 TV Series writer - 1 episode
When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? 1979 writer: "People Are Strange"
Hot Summer in the City 1976 writer: "Light My Fire" - uncredited
Hitler's Harlot 1973 writer: "Light My Fire" - uncredited
The Midnight Special 1973 TV Series writer - 1 episode
One Pair of Eyes 1972 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
In for Life 1970 writer: "Light My Fire" - uncredited
The Coming Thing 1970 writer: "Hello, I Love You", "Love Me Two Times", "Five to One", "End of the Night" - uncredited
Les Français écrivent aux Shadoks 1969 TV Series documentary short writer - 1 episode
Handicap 1968 Short writer: "I Looked at You", "End of the Night"
The Doors 1968 TV Special documentary performer: "Alabama Song", "Back Door Man", "Love Me Two Times", "When the Music's Over", "The Unknown Soldier"
The Jonathan Winters Show 1967 TV Series writer - 1 episode
I Call First 1967 writer: "The End" - uncredited
Malibu U. 1967 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Overspel 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Good Girls Revolt 2015 TV Series writer: "Light My Fire" - uncredited
Far Out 2015 writer: "The Crystal Ship", "The Spy", "5 to 1"
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 2015 Video Game writer: "The End"
Conan 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Minions 2015 writer: "Break On Through To the Other Side"
Mad Men 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Strange Magic 2015 writer: "People Are Strange"
Rage 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mike & Mike 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tu cara me suena - Argentina 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Divorce 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Spise med Price 2012 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Watch 2012/I writer: "People Are Strange"
Californication 2007-2012 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Fringe 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
De wereld draait door 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Por Toda Minha Vida 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Noruwei no mori 2010 lyrics: "Indian Summer" / music: "Indian Summer"
Glee 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cold Case 2005-2010 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony 2009 Video Game writer: "Five to One"
BBC Electric Proms 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Taking Woodstock 2009 writer: "Maggie M'Gill"
The Bob Zula 2009 Short writer: "Maggie M'Gill"
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned 2009 Video Game writer: "Five to One"
Being Erica 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Top Gear 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Operación triunfo 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
60/90 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Spisok korabley 2008 Documentary writer: "Crystal ship"
Memòries de la tele 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Simpsons TV Series writer - 2 episodes, 1999 - 2008 music - 1 episode, 1993
Blodigt jävla helvete 2008 writer: "Wintertime Love"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Un festin d'amis 2003 Documentary short writer
Love Her Madly 2000 story
HWY: An American Pastoral 1969 writer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
HWY: An American Pastoral 1969 The Hitchhiker
Induction 1965 Short Partygoer (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Feast of Friends 1970 Documentary producer
HWY: An American Pastoral 1969 producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
What a Bad Trip! 2015 Short dedicated to
The Banger Sisters 2002 thanks
Fast Food 1989 soul and inspiration

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Doors Collection 1999 Video documentary Himself
The Best of the Doors 1997 Video Vocals
Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival 1997 Documentary Himself (The Doors)
The Doors: The Soft Parade 1991 Video documentary Himself (Vocals)
The Doors: Live in Europe 1968 1991 Video documentary Himself (vocals)
The Doors: Live at the Hollywood Bowl 1987 Video documentary Himself (vocals)
Beat-Club 1972 TV Series
Feast of Friends 1970 Documentary Himself (The Doors)
Lions Love (... and Lies) 1969 Himself (uncredited)
The Doors: The Doors Are Open 1968 TV Movie documentary Himself (vocals) (as Jim)
The Doors 1968 TV Special documentary Himself - Singer
The O'Keefe Centre Presents: The Rock Scene - Like It Is! 1967 TV Movie Himself - Doors Singer
The Jonathan Winters Show 1967 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1967 TV Series Himself
Malibu U. 1967 TV Series Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1967 TV Series Himself - Performer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Before the End: Searching for Jim Morrison Documentary post-production Himself
Paris, 1971 2016 Documentary short Himself (Voice)
Get All That, Ant? 2015 Documentary
Rock Poet 2014 Documentary
Breaking Through the Lens 2014 Documentary
The Doors: R-Evolution 2014
Tu cara me suena - Argentina 2013 TV Series Himself
The Doors: Live at the Bowl '68 2012 Documentary
Echoes from the Bowl 2012 Documentary short
Reworking the Doors 2012 Documentary short
Doors: Mr. Mojo Risin' - The Story of L.A. Woman 2012 Documentary Himself
Fantástico 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
No me la puc treure del cap 2010 TV Series Himself
P.O.V. 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Sex in '69: The Sexual Revolution in America 2009 Documentary Himself
The Doors: When You're Strange 2009 Documentary Himself
Les plages d'Agnès 2008 Documentary Himself
60/90 2008 TV Series Himself
Banda sonora 2007 TV Series Himself
SexTV 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Video on Trial 2006 TV Series Himself - The Doors
The Music of Apocalypse Now 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Musikprogrammet - programmet om musik 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins 2005 TV Series Himself
Bully & Rick 2004 TV Series Himself
Ed Sullivan's Rock 'n' Roll Classics, Vol. 4: Elvis & Other Rock Greats 2003 Video Himself (as The Doors)
Mayor of the Sunset Strip 2003 Documentary Himself
The Doors: Soundstage Performances 2002 Video documentary Himself - Interviewee / Vocals
American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2002 TV Movie Himself
The Road of Excess 1997 Video documentary short Himself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Rock & Roll 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The World of Jacques Demy 1995 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Nico Icon 1995 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Idols 1991 TV Movie documentary Himself
X-Large 1991 TV Series documentary Himself
When the Applause Died 1990 Video documentary Himself
Rolling Stone Presents Twenty Years of Rock & Roll 1987 TV Movie documentary Himself
Rock 'N' Roll Goldmine: The Sixties 1986 Documentary short Himself (The Doors)
The Doors: Dance on Fire 1985 Video documentary Himself (vocals)
When the Music's Over 1982 TV Movie documentary
No One Here Gets Out Alive: A Tribute to Jim Morrison 1981 Video documentary Himself
All You Need Is Love 1977 TV Series documentary Himself
The Day the Music Died 1977 Documentary Himself
When the Music's Over... 1971 TV Movie documentary Himself - Musician (as The Doors)

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#Quote
1 [on what it took to gain entrance to his circle] You gotta get smashed and make a fool of yourself in a public place. You gotta get eighty-sixed from seven nightclubs. That's the Irish thing. I hang around mostly with the Irish - and the Italians.
2 This is the strangest life I've ever known.
3 Erotic politicians, that's what we are. We're interested in everything about revolt, disorder, and all activity that appears to have no meaning.
4 I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most crucial moments.
5 A friend is someone who gives you the complete freedom to be yourself.
6 Music is a pure expression of joy.
7 I've always been attracted to ideas that were about revolt against authority. When you make peace with authority, you become an authority.
8 [Dinner Key Auditorium, 3/1/69, the infamous concert where he allegedly exposed himself] We are not talking about no revolution! I'm not talking about no demonstration! I'm talking about having some fun! I'm talking about dancing! I'm talking about love your neighbor 'til it hurts! I'm talking about love! [...] This is your show, anything you want goes!
9 [Los Angeles, 1969] Let's just say I was testing the bounds of reality. I was curious to see what would happen. That's all it was: just curiosity.

#Trademark
1 Lyrics inspired by writers and poets such as William Blake and Aldous Huxley
2 Thick heavy beard in his final years
3 Leather pants and leather boots
4 Shoulder length hair
5 Dark crooning baritone voice
6 His wild stage antics and singing
7 Dark lyrics
8 Would often improvise lyrics or poetry during songs
9 Often fell down on purpose during performances

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