Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Book Review: No One Gets Out of Here Alive--The Biography of Jim Morrison
This book was written about the life of the infamous rock star Jim Morrison. Jim was born to a middle class family, whos father was in the navy. Jims younger years was filled of moving every half year or so. By the time Jim was in 8th grade, he and his siblings had attended 12 different schools. Jim, who was born James Douglas Morrison, was a wartime baby born in Melborne, Florida.
Jim went through a awkward youth, picking up comic books and reading as hobbies. Jim was often caught at school drawing pornographic pictures. Born into a strict family, he was the odd child. He was known for causing trouble.
He continued his love for reading well into his adulthood. He attened a junior college in Florida after his parents had forced him there. He lived in a small trailer filled with books. He was favored among many students and teachers. However, he had decided to up and move to California and attent USC. It is here where he met many other film students with odd personalities that soon became his close friends and muses. Jim like to get reactions out of people, an example he enter a film into the schools final film screening which had a naked dancer on top of a televison showing Hilter. This got bad remarks and shocked the students. Still Jim wasnt happy.
While living in a friends living room he continued at his poetry that he had started at a young age. Amazingly one day he had mentioned to his 3 friends that they should start a band, they agreed. Jim with little musical talent became the lead singer. Jim was an unusual voice that needed much work. The poems he wrote turned into some of The Doors, most popular songs. Eventually they began playing at the Whiskey A GO GO, and gaining fans. The rest is history. The band became extremely successful and people adored Jims sexiness and husky voice. If not obvious Jim's heavy exploration of drugs left him even more outrageous than normal. His drinking problems once was a simple slur became the reason The Doors were banned from several states and sued.
The book goes into deep complexity of Jims life. It gives great detail about his bothersome childhood and exciting lifestyle. The very essence of Jims character was revealed in this book. It was a great read that keep you wondering how much drugs and liquor a body can take. Jim's wild days as Americas once rock god had me glued to the pages. Authors Jerry Hopkins relives the tales of Jim Morrison like he was Jims shadow. The book is mesmorizing and even thoughtful near the end when speculations of Jim's fake death arises. The book gives amazing detail that leaves me even more in awe of this some what insane singer. I loved the ways the writer goes through the ups and downs of The Doors career. I appreciated the great writing that the book entailed. Jim Morrisons life has almost come to life through this book. Its captivating stories and precision made it one of my absolute favorites. Not only was I a big fan of the group itself, I now have a deeper appreciation of Jim, the singer, and as his life as a rock star.