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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.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2008-04-14 03:06 pm (UTC)
I never EVER got him. I read his biography (No One in Here Gets Out Alive). Mostly, yes, I think he took himself seriously and was trying to live up to what he 'thought' he should be acting like. (I also used to practically 'inhabit' 16 Magazine, and they wrote about how Sensitive and Serious he was, and how wonderful it would be to be his Girlfriend. Not likely, I guess.

But in his younger days, before he got bloated, he certainly was 'edibly gorgeous', just as you say.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2008-04-14 03:21 pm (UTC)
He may have been pleasant to be around when he wasn't drunk or stoned.

I read that biography too. It's odd, there are some people - Peter Sellers, for instance- whom I can forgive anything. Morrison isn't one of them.
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