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Classic Rock Acts You’ve Seen in Concert: Poll

THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN AND PUBLISHED BY BEST CLASSIC ROCK ON DECEMBER 31, 2018.

Since you’re a fan of the classic rock era, we wonder how many of the greats you’ve been fortunate enough to see perform live. We’ve listed 100 of the biggest names and fully recognize that many of your favorites may not be listed. (You’ll notice that such acts as the Doors, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin are also omitted since Jim Morrison, Hendrix and Joplin have all been gone for so long.)

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RADIO.COM

The Doors’ 10 Best Deep Cuts

The Doors were like a shooting star through the late 60s and early 70s. They released six studio albums between 1967 and 1971 and were gone. The death of iconic singer Jim Morrison effectively ended the band, leaving behind a stable of hits like “Light My Fire,” “Love Me Two Times,” and “Riders on the Storm.”

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MEDIUM

Who’s Buried in Jim Morrison’s Epitaph?

THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY FORTUNATO SALAZAR AND PUBLISHED BY MEDIUM ON DECEMBER 19, 2018.

If you die young, you’re at the mercy of the friends and family who bury you. You weren’t thinking about the cemetery at the time you bit the dust. The plot where you’ll be laid out eternally isn’t even faintly visible in your remote imagined future. You’re not focused on that plot. You’re living it up and making a name for yourself in the career that chose you (concert pianist, stand-up comic, chef). Unless you’re truly exceptional, a prodigy of morbid foresight, you haven’t given a thought to the inscription on your tomb.

Case in point: James Douglas Morrison. The Doors frontman may have been a celebrated lyricist, but the notebooks he was filling with poetry didn’t include draft verses for his grave. When he died young, it fell to his survivors to choose the inscription that sums him up. The resulting text isn’t in the language that he spoke or sang, or a language that he had any special connection to. It’s not even in a living language.

The Doors frontman may have been a celebrated lyricist, but the notebooks he was filling with poetry didn’t include draft verses for his grave. When he died young, it fell to his survivors to choose the inscription that sums him up.

On the famous gravestone at Père-Lachaise cemetery in central Paris is a bronze plaque engraved with three lines: full name, dates, (“1943–1971”), then a four-word phrase in ancient Greek, “KATA TON DAIMONA EAUTOU” as it’s normally transliterated.

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BILLBOARD

Lauren Ruth Ward Nods to Jim Morrison With Rainbow-Themed Videos for 'Riders on the Storm' & 'Soul Kitchen'

THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY XAVIER PIEDRA AND PUBLISHED BY BILLBOARD ON DECEMBER 14, 2018.

LA-based singer and songwriter Lauren Ruth Ward and collaborator Eduardo Rivera released a colorful project that pays homage to The Doors. In honor of Jim Morrison’s 75th birthday, Ward recorded the seven-track Doors cover album Happy Birthday Jim, which includes original music videos for each song, unveiled each day this week.

Some of the songs covered include “L.A. Woman,” “Soul Kitchen,” “Break on Through,” “Love Street” and “Riders on the Storm.” Ward explained that each song was given one of the six colors of the rainbow and an additional black-and-white aesthetic that would be represented in each individual video.

Ward gave each of the videographer complete freedom on their visuals. “The first time I will see these videos are on their release date with the rest of YouTube land,” Ward said. “At first, I saw it as a way to test my will of letting go of control of my art, but quickly remembered the artists creating the videos are geniuses and I’m just a lucky bastard.”

“The Doors were a band that had the uncanny ability to weave between genres and attitudes,” Rivera said. “Diving into their catalog for this project was not only a wonderful challenge, but enlightening.”

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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.
POP EXPRESSO

Jim Morrison: The Eternal Rock Poet

THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN AND PUBLISHED BY POP EXPRESSO ON DECEMBER 8, 2018.

In 1981 the Rolling Stone magazine published an issue featuring Jim Morrison on the cover, the title famously read: “He’s Hot, He’s Sexy, He’s Dead”. Jim Morrison has been one of the most enduring Rock icons, his magnetism has been passed from generation into generation and his following and cult only grows bigger everyday. Together with The Doors he made some of the best and most timeless music in Rock, he lived fast, only 27 years, believing the “road to excess” would lead to the “palace of wisdom”. We look back at his influential life and career.

Wild Child And Indians Scattered On The Dawns Highway Bleeding

James Douglas Morrison was born on December 8th, 1943 in Melbourne, Florida. The son of an admiral, Morrison’s early life was marked by his family nomad lifestyle as they moved frequently due to his father’s career. He often talked about the event that would follow him for the rest of his life and that happened when he was only five. When travelling with his family, arriving in a desert stretch between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, he witnessed a road accident that involved a group of Native American Indians, Morrison later said that he felt the soul of one of the Indians possessing his body and never again let go of him. This would play a big role on the development of his personality and public image.

An unusual child, Jim grew up rebelling against all forms of authority from an early age; he would also act mischievous and was known to be a prankster on every school he went to, however he was never able to make many friends due to his personality. He was different, and one of the main factors of difference that made him stand out from the other kids of his age was his intelligence, Morrison was a highly intelligent child and teenager with an above the average IQ of 149. His main areas of interest were literature in particular Philosophy and Beat poetry, Morrison was not a big music fan, he listened to the occasional Rock N’ Roll music by Elvis but preferred old Blues records whenever he had the opportunity to access it.

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