Forty long years have elapsed since the death of Doors frontman James Douglas Morrison, one of rock's most controversial and self-destructive stars. The late Al Aronowitz bid him farewell in Fusion - and recalled his meetings with the Lizard King--Barney Hoskyns, Editorial Director, Rock's Backpages
We all make our deals with the devil. I suppose Jim Morrison must have realized that he made his. Listen to Jac Holzman, the president of Elektra Records, the company that helped create the great fireworks display that Jim became.
"Superstardom is a speed trip," Jac said, paraphrasing something he once read by Michael Lydon. "The flash is incredible, but it kills you in the end."
We were talking on the telephone a couple of days after the announcement of Jim's death, and Jac was remembering how quiet Jim really used to be, storing up his anger only to let it out in quick and unexpected public detonations. He remembered the first time he saw Jim singing with the Doors in the Whisky a GoRead More »from The Rock’s Backpages Flashback: Jim Morrison Adieu