Jim Morrison

" The Doors. There's the known. And there's the unknown. And what
separates the two is the door, and that's what I want to be. Ahh wanna be th'
door. . ."
- Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison is often thought of as a drunk musician. He is also
portrayed to many as an addict and another 'doped up' rock star. These
negative opinions project a large shadow on the many positive aspects of
this great poet. Jim's music was influenced heavily by many famous
authors. You must cast aside your ignorance and look behind the loud
electric haze of the sixties music. You must wipe your eyes and look
through the psychedelic world of LSD. Standing behind these minor
flaws, you will see a young and very intellectual poet named Jim Morrison.
Jim Morrison's distraught childhood was a contributing factor to
Jim's fortune and his fate. As a young child, Jim experienced the many
pains of living in a military family. Having to move every so often, Jim and
his brother, and sister never spent more than a couple of years at a
particular school. Jim attended eight different schools, grammar and High,
throughout his schooling career. This amount of traveling made it hard for
a young child to make many friends. In high school, Jim had an especially
hard time, "The only real friend he made was a tall but overweight
classmate with a sleepy voice named Fud Ford " (qtd. in Sugerman 9 ).
Although there seems to be many negative aspects of Jim's child hood,
many positive did arise.


The traveling done by the Morrison family brought Jim through may
different experiences and situations. For instance, while driving on a
highway from Santa Fe with his family, he said he experienced, "the most
important moment of my life" (qtd. in Russel 6 ). The Morrisons came
upon an overturned truck of dying Pueblo Indians. This moment influenced
Jim and later became the basis of many of his songs, poetry, stories, and
thoughts. Jim Morrison's estranged childhood was the root underneath his
bizarre and eccentric personality. The negative effects of his upbringing
helped to mold the Jim into the person he would later become.
Jim Morrison's strange sense of humor and sickness were just
fractions of his very intellectual mind. Jim and his family moved to
Alemeda, California. This is where he would start first year and a half of
his high school journey. Morrison's creativeness and infatuation with Mad
Magazines led to the horrification of many. When he would arrive late to
class, he would tell elaborate stories to the teachers about being
kidnapped by gypsies. Jim's subtle and bizarre personality was now
starting to form. Jim's wild imagination begin to produce hundreds of
scatological and sexually explicit ideas in the form of pictures and make
believe radio commercials. The deranged pictures that Jim created, were
ones with quite an abnormality. For instance, the picture Jerry Hopkins
describes, "a man with a Coca-Cola bottle for a penis, a mean looking can
opener for testicles, one hand held out and dripping with slime, more of
that slim dripping from his anus."


All of Jim's and Fud's focuses again were sexual, or scatological, but they
were imbued with sophistication and subtle humor unusual for someone
only fourteen. No doubt, Jim's sexually demented mind was now partially
The once young and innocent Jim Morrison was now older and more
harmful. Late in his sophomore year, Jim moved to Alexandria, Virginia.
Her he met Tandy, his first girlfriend. Jim now ill-mannered, constantly
horrified others, especially Tandy. He would make public scenes by
kissing her feet or asking her to do ridiculous acts out loud. Tandy
though, was not the only one subjected to Jim's "Tests", his teachers
suffered as well. " I asked him why he played games all the time, " Tandy
says today. " He said, ' You'd never stay interested in me if I didn't."
Indeed that was the case not only with Tandy, but also at school. Jim was
now looked upon as the ring leader by his peers. Everybody wanted to be
like Jim, they all competed for his attention, "Jim's magnetism was
becoming obvious" (Surgeman 16 ). Right down to his expressions, his
peers mimicked all of his actions. But Jim never led them like they wanted
to be led. Jim once again started taking Death defying risks that he would
also subject his brother to. He forced Andy to walk along an edge that
hovered fifty feet above the ground. All of the risks that he