8th December 1943, in Melbourne, Florida, a dedicated prodigy child was born to be singer and poet co-founder of the American rock band The Doors. Jim became a true rock idol, but also a committed intellectual. Attracted by shamanism, he is credited with “cursed poet”. Who is Jim Morrison? And why the cursed poet?

I don’t
Know what happened – but there were Indians scattered
All over the highway, bleeding to death.

With those words in the piece “dawn highway”, Jim Morrison recalls the accident he had when he was young. Jim was in a car with his father, mother and sister in New Mexico, and their car collided with another loaded with American Indian workers, which led to their death or stumbled them on the road Whatever Jim saw. That incident was a milestone in his life, as it made him different.

Afterwise, The child James Douglas Morrison was not the same person, that boy who is expected to find his way as his father, Douglas Morrison, commander of the U.S. naval forces during the Gulf of Tonkin incident. And who is expected to be traditional in life as his mother, is the housewife Clara Clarke Morrison. He will not be obedient to orders, but an obstinate of rejection.

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Although it was not confirmed what really happened that day, and the family’s gossip swung around it, sometimes denying it, and sometimes the father confirms that the accident happened. Still, no one died, Jim asserts himself in more than one interview that this incident changed his life, and affected him a lot. It transformed him from the child James Douglas Morrison to Jim Morrison, an angel who flew over a sea of blood.

The angel who loved the works of Nietzsche, Aldous Huxley, Arthur Rimbaud and Jack Kerouac, the people who sharpened his poetic talent and made him greedy for writing more and more. His friend Ray Manzarek, a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, saw this poetic talent and decided to use it. And in 1965 they created a rock band and then recruited John Densmore and Robby Krieger.

Jim named the band The Doors. It was formed in the name of Aldous Huxley’s book “The doors of perception”. And this is considered a focal point of challenge in Jim’s life, as it worked to open the closed doors, in the maze of the subconscious that he saw when he was young, or even what he sees when dealing with drugs and alcohol, who have become a recalled his youth full of fear, to create a bridge to another world, where Jim set its rules, and he was his owner and the sole controller in it; a world where death prevailed in what was often written in his poems and songs.

 

Death makes angels of us all
And gives us wings
Where we had shoulders
Smooth as raven’s
Claws

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Death was always present for Jim Morrison, and when asked about it, he answered, “When you die, the pain ends.” This principle was the catalyst of Jim in his life and his dealings with others; Even members of his band, who asserted that they had always seen death with him present in everything. And just as Ruby described him as always touching the face of death. That death that he felt hovering around since he saw the image of American Indians dying, and who did not stop writing about them in his poems and songs such as Ghost, Newborn awakening and Peace frog.

Jim and The doors have been from success to success for years, they have sold more than 90m albums worldwide creating a great musical force to turn into an icon to reject reality and confront life without fear. The public sees in it a crowning king of what they want to be, through its words that they feel angry, sad and fear among its folds, in addition to his liberal actions on the stage that are not filled with the system or anyone, and that led at one time to his arrest by the police on the scene, to become the only star arrested on stage during the performance.

Amid all this, his head was filled with pain that he knew would never end except with death, so he wrote poems that carry cleansing sins in their folds, and washing of spiritual pain, to be pure like him and fly over a sea, not from blood like the one he flew over, but a sea of realising a future in which we move forward Without purpose.

Jim’s mind was filled with ideas, and amid all the parties, crowds and music around him he could not express it clearly, so he decided to take a leave from The doors and go with his beloved Pamela Courson to Paris searching for an adequate atmosphere to write poems.

After his alcohol addiction and heroin abuse permanently, Jim died of an overdose, under poorly understood circumstances, in Paris ascending to the sky via a bridge he had created himself, from his poetry he had written. To write the end of someone that has gone through the pain for 27 years, and staggered at the table of pain to achieve the end he wrote about in his poem The End and transformed into a legend, notably the founder of what is known as the Club des 27.

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end

Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I’ll never look into your eyes again

Can you picture what will be?
So limitless and free
Desperately in need
Of some stranger’s hand
In a desperate land

Jim died on 7th July 1991 and was buried in Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, France leaving behind a great theory that says that James Douglas Morrison faked his death and fled the clutter of his life as a superstar and that he is still there somewhere, which would make the greatest tale in the history of the music. Oliver Stone produced biopic about the band, Val Kilmer played as Jim  Morrison. The film follows the group from their bottom beginnings in Los Angeles to the hall of fame, and through the drug abuse that led to Morrison’s death.

 

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