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Born: December 8, 1943 (Melbourne, Florida)
Died: July 3, 1971 (Paris, France)
Primary Role(s): Lyricist/Vocalist

James Douglas Morrison was born in 1943 in Melbourne, Florida. Best known for being the lead singer of the rock band The Doors, Jim was also a poet and songwriter, filmmaker and writer. His output were incredible. In the twenty seven years of his life he recorded seven albums of songs, toured and preformed througout. the United states, Europe, Canada and Mexico and produced two award-winning films. Yet the constant thread in his life were writing.
He published four books and by the summer of 1971 he had written 1600 pages of poems, anecdotes, lyrics, stories and outlines for plays and film scripts.

Jim Morrison's career as a rock and roll star may have started on a beach in Venice, but the spiritual Morrison was born on a lonely highway in the desert at a young age. Morrison described the incident in "Peace Frog" (Morrison Hotel); "Indians scattered on Dawn's Highway bleeding, ghosts crowd the young child's fragile egg-shell mind".
"The spirits" of the dead indians often took control of Jim during The Doors' performances and earned him the nickname "The Electric Shaman".

He took control of of his hypnotized audience just as an indian shaman would his patients. Jim also believed that he was living out people's greatest fears and inner-most desires on-stage. The things people did not have time to deal with in everyday life were portrayed by Morrison during the performances. People have said they "saw" the shaman-side of Morrison leave his body during the Miami concert on March 1, 1969. This concert proved to be one of the most controversial in Rock History. Jim Morrison was later convicted of two misdemeanor charges stemming from the concert.

As he himself said of poetry:

"real poetry dosenīt say anything, it just ticks off the possibilities. opens all doors. you can walk. through any one that suits you.. if my poetry aims to achieve . anything, itīs to deliver people from the limited ways in which. they see and feel."

He died in 1971 in Paris, and his grave is in the honoured . Pere-Lachaisse graveyard, among masters such as Honore De Balzac,. Charles Baudelaire and Paul Verlaine.