Break on Through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison

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Harper Collins, Oct 30, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 544 pages
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Thirty-five years after his death in Paris at age twenty-seven, Jim Morrison's iconic legend remains as powerful as ever, swathed in the mists of mystery. There have been numerous biographies about the self-proclaimed "Lizard King's" life and career. But none have examined his roots and childhood, the intellectual foundations of his music, his wild days with the Doors, and his enigmatic early death as completely and insightfully as Break On Through.

More than simply a fascinating look at a rock legend whose cult following never stops growing, here is the definitive Morrison biography: his angry relationship with his father; the early tragedies and terrible events responsible for the darkness of his artistic vision; his private life and legal trials, including his infamous Miami obscenity bust; and the truth about his final hours. Based on extensive research and featuring dozens of rarely published photographs, this is the authoritative portrait of the poet, the grim visionary, the haunted man, and his haunting music.

  

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Review: Break on Through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison

User Review  - Ana - Goodreads

Very comprehensive Morrison (and The Doors') biography, relying on the facts instead of the myths. Excellent coverage of their studio activity and work method. This and Manzarek's Light My Fire are probably my favourite Doors biographies. Read full review

Review: Break on Through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison

User Review  - Katie - Goodreads

As a lifelong Doors fan, I was anxious to get my hands on this book. Though it took me a long time to read, thanks to life, I found myself saddened when I finished. For me, it was as if Jim Morrison ... Read full review

Contents

The Morrison Mystique
15
Wild Child
25
The West Is the Best
52
The Doors
93
The Shaman
151
The Lizard King
211
Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine
282
The Doors Comeback
354
Rider on the Storm
420
1 Stoned Immaculate
452
Renew My Subscription to The Doors Resurrection
486
EPILOGUE 1991
512
ALBUM DISCOGRAPHY
515
BIBLIOGRAPHY
517
PERMISSIONS
531
INDEX
535

On Trial
389

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About the author (1992)

James Riordan is the author of The Platinum Rainbow. His interviews with and stories about major rock stars have appeared in Rolling Stone and other national magazines, and he was a consultant on Oliver Stone's film The Doors. He lives near Chicago.

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