In hopes of paying tribute to Jim Morrison and explaining him to a new generation of fans, I've decided to interview myself on this fine subject.
10) Was He A Poet?: Excellent question. Well, sure. Why not? Jim loved words. Rhyming "fire" and "mire' isn't all that great, but that "actor out on loan" stuff was killer! "Horse Latitudes"? C'mon, who hasn't been in "mute nostril agony"? Huh? Don't let me decide for you. Purchase a copy of The Lords and the New Creatures and see for yourself! It's one of the best-selling volumes of poetry ever! Right up there with The Prophet and books by Jewel!
8) Did He Break On Through (To The Other Side)?: Good question! There were people who thought Jimbo faked his own death and went to Africa to live out the Arthur Rimbaud fantasy. But figure even if he didn't die on July 3, 1971in a bathtub in Paris, with his considerable intake of alcohol, there's a good chance he'd be dead by now anyway. Unless he quit drinking and is actually playing in a Christian Rock band. The final verdict: probably!
6) Was Oliver Stone's Movie, The Doors, Any Good?: No.
4) What Book Should I Read To Learn More?: That's a tough one. For fun, I would go with the myth-making No One Here Gets Out Alive. For another point of view, try Stephen Davis' Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend. Frank Lisciandro's An Hour for Magic has many great photos and first-person memoirs. Drummer John Densmore's Riders on the Storm is essential since he was in the band. Ray Manzarek's book Light My Fire can be a bit, uh, intense. The film When You're Strange is a worthy visual, even if you feel like smacking Johnny Depp upside the head. It features film clips that many fans had never seen before.
2) Will He Come Back To Life?: Good question. I like how you think! I wouldn't get my hopes up, but maybe if you're really good and stay in school and get good grades, he'll come back to life to save us all from the lake of fire.