Fifty years ago, the fire went out

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“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 important moments.”

Day of his death
Jim Morrison and Pam Courson

EVERYTHING HE EVER WROTE IN ONE BOOK

Before his death at the age of 27, the great ‘Light My Fire’ lyricist made notes on what he called ‘Plan for Book’ that he intended to be a collection of his lyrics, poetry and other writings.

A book fulfilling his plan was published last month under the title ‘The Collected Works of Jim Morrison: Poetry, Journals, Transcripts and Lyrics.’

The 600-page volume is the most comprehensive collection of his work ever compiled, including the contents of a Paris notebook he wrote in his last days.

Half the book contains previously unpublished material, including unrecorded lyrics, handwritten excerpts from two dozen recently discovered notebooks, scores of rare family photos and drawings, and ‘Wilderness: The Lost Writings Of Jim Morrison.’

TRUE TO HIS SPIRIT

Jim Morison is buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. The bronze plaque bears the Greek inscription: ΚΑΤΑ ΤΟΝ ΔΑΙΜΟΝΑ ΕΑΥΤΟΥ, which translates as “True to his own spirit” or “According to his own demon.”

50 YEARS AGO


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