Jim Morrison's life and persona makes an interesting subject for a book, and should appeal to anyone who is interested in the sixties' music scene and youth culture, even if they are just vaguely interested in the Doors in particular, which certainly applied to me when I started reading this book. The book has a lot of details and is written with passion and integrity. While reading the book I started caring a lot about Jim, but still with mixed emotions, not always certain what to make off him as a person, as most of the time he comes off as incredibly inconsiderate and rude, -just basically a type I would not be able to stand in real life. But later on I had started gaining a lot of sympathy for him, and after having read the whole book, his complicated, self-destructive personality has almost started to make sense to me, when looking at the whole picture, and considering how much frustration it was causing him to get dragged into a highly commercialised music industry and then never having a chance to let his work evolve naturally as it had in the beginning of his career. So therefore, I would say that it has this kind of revelation feeling to it.
I've read some negative reviews on the book, mostly criticising that it doesn't give an accurate (and far too negative) image of Jim. I'm in no position to determine anything about that, but I will probably end up reading the books that other band members (Densmore and Manzerek) have written about Jim, to get a wider perspective....Continua