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Jim [Apr. 14th, 2008|10:38 am]
Tony Grist
Ever since I nearly choked to death on my own vomit (what a rock 'n' roll way to go) I've been sleeping semi-upright on a hill of pillows. It seems to be working. 

But because this leaves my upper body exposed I've taken to wearing a tee shirt.  The tee shirt I had on last night was a gift from Joe. It has a picture of Jim Morrison stripped to the waist, looking edibly gorgeous with the legend An American Poet above his head. 

Well, I couldn't wear it on the street, now could I? People might think I meant it.

I have a history with the Doors. Graham Leader- who is now a film producer and lives (I think) in New York- introduced me to them. We were a couple of rich kids having an educational glaze put over us at a university in Switzerland, only we stopped going to classes and instead we'd hang out in his bedroom and listen to his miniscule record collection: Dylan, the Doors, Miles Davis, Miles Davis, the Doors, Dylan. In Paris there was a revolution in full swing and we were going to join in and do our bit just as soon as an opportunity presented itself. 

For a long time the Doors were my idea of rebel music. When I was courting Ailz I used to play them very loud in the car. "Father, I want to kill you. Mother I want to......"  Ailz  was fond of me so she never said- until long afterwards- how sad that was. Joe remembers those days.

Unfortunately by the time he came to give me the shirt I was no longer a fan, having finally (at the age of 47 or thereabouts) acquired a sense of humour. He wasn't to know this; parents are, after all, incapable of personal development. 

I'm not saying the Doors are rubbish. That swirly, haunted carousel sound they make is lovely. It's just Morrison- the poete maudit stuff, the attitudinising, the absence of irony. Poor little sod, he took himself so seriously.

[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2008-04-14 02:58 pm (UTC)
He was young, though. If he'd survived to age a bit and still been that earnest, it would have been sad. Or perhaps he'd have developed a sense of humour as time went on.

There are bands I like more than I like the Doors, but my favourite song of all time is 'Riders On The Storm'. Objectively, it's pretentious twaddle. Subjectively, the hairs down my spine stand on end every time I hear that intro.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2008-04-14 03:07 pm (UTC)
ooh, yeah, me too. I can remember sitting in my attic bedroom with the headphones on, in the dark, listening to that song. I guess I took myself rather seriously, too.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-04-14 03:15 pm (UTC)
I prefer the jaunty ones- like "People are Strange"

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