Synopses & Reviews
Since his death in 1971, friends and band members have produced several biographies describing various aspects of Jim Morrison's life and career. Now James Riordan and Jerry Prochnicky examine with insightful clarity the entire story of Morrison's roots, his early family life, the intellectual foundations of his music, his wild days with The Doors, his private life, and the mystery that still surrounds his death.
In Break On Through, we see Morrison's angry relationship with his father and how a horrifying, deadly car accident Morrison witnessed as a small boy influenced his songs and poetry. We witness The Doors' exhilarating early days of struggle and the infamous Miami trial, where Morrison stood charged with obscenity. And here is the real story of Morrison's death in Paris, based on interviews with new sources who conclusively disprove the official finding of death by heart attack.
Break On Throughis more than an insightful look at a rock legend whose cult following never stops growing. With dozens of rarely published photographs, this is the authoritative portrait of the man and his career.
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.
From Jim Morrison's early family life to the intellectual foundations of his music and his wild days with The Doors, the authors provide an insightful look at a rock legend whose cult following never stops growing. With dozens of rarely published photos, this is the authoritative portrait of the man and his career. 52 black-and-white photos.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 517-530) and index. Discography: p. 515-516.
About the Author
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.
Jerry Prochnicky researched the Jim Morrison story for more than twenty years. He lives in Southern California.