Jim Morrison of The Doors: Rock and Roll Poet for a Generation

Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, posed for "The Young Lion" (aka "The American Poet") session at Joel Brodsky’s studio in New York City, New York on September 18, 1967. Photo by Joel Brodsky.
Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, posed for "The Young Lion" (aka "The American Poet") session at Joel Brodsky’s studio in New York City, New York on September 18, 1967. Photo by Joel Brodsky.

The year was 1970 and one of the hottest names in popular music was Jim Morrison of The Doors. Morrison and his group seemed to represent a generation in turmoil: young people who wanted to make a new world that looked and felt different from that of their parents. Rewind presents an interview with Jim Morrison a year before he died; an interview that is both thoughtful and earnest. CBC Radio has always tried, among other things, to reflect to its listeners the popular culture of the day. There have been many hosts of many shows who have talked to many guests. Some of these guests were big names. We have a pop culture icon for you today from the early 1960s, a musician whose music and voice still resonate. It's Jim Morrison of The Doors.

Jim Morrison was 26 years old when he appeared on the CBC Radio program Something to Say. He was at the height of his fame, had been charged with so called indecent exposure. Morrison was definitely the front man for the Doors, with the looks, the charisma and the depth that his fans craved. It must have been quite a coup getting him for an interview. It was May 1970 and he was awaiting the publication of a book of poetry called The Lords and The New Creatures. Morrison was a notoriously difficult interview. But CBC Radio's Tony Thomas convinced him to speak about not just his music but his his writing. He also invited him to reflect on youth culture and the state of the world.

Representative of his Generation

It's a serious and rather rambling interview; Morrison is soft spoken and earnest and Thomas tries really hard to understand his guest as a representative of his generation.

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