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 subjected

others to were ones that he was never afraid to complete. "Throughout his

senior year his parents pressured Jim to apply