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Today In Rock: Jim Morrison is Born

Thursday, December 8: 5 p.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
The Doors

On December 8, 1943, James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was born. The lead singer of the Doors lived a short, tragic life. He was only 27 when he died of heart failure in Paris, France. But, musically, Morrison accomplished a tremendous amount in his six years with the Doors. As Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Vice President of Exhibitions and Curatorial Jim Henke wrote in his book, The Jim Morrison Scrapbook: “From 1967 to 1970, during his spectacular zenith, Jim Morrison seemingly had it all. He was an internationally revered rock star with numerous hit records to his credit, a dynamic stage performer, an alluring sex symbol, and a published poet.” The Doors formed in the summer of 1965 around Morrison and keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who’d met at UCLA’s film school. A year later the group signed with Elektra Records, recording six landmark studio LPs –  including their '67 self-titled debut, Morrison Hotel and L.A. Woman – and a live album for the label. The group’s dark, brooding personality came largely from singer Jim Morrison.

The Museum is home to many Jim Morrison artifacts that help tell the Morrison story, such as his Cub Scout uniform and a ...


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Jim Morrison: 40 Years Later

Thursday, June 30: 1:41 p.m.
Posted by Jim Henke
Jim Morrison, top right, pictured with the Doors

This Sunday, July 3, marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Jim Morrison. The lead singer of the Doors lived a short, tragic life. He was only 27 when he died of heart failure in Paris, France. But, musically, Morrison accomplished a tremendous amount in his six years with the Doors. As I wrote in my book The Jim Morrison Scrapbook, “From 1967 to 1970, during his spectacular zenith, Jim Morrison seemingly had it all. He was an internationally revered rock star with numerous hit records to his credit, a dynamic stage performer, an alluring sex symbol, and a published poet.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is fortunate to have an amazing collection of artifacts related to Morrison. Several years ago, his parents donated a massive collection of documents related to their son’s life. These items include the hospital bill from when his mother gave birth to him, a very detailed baby book that outlines almost everything Jim did as a little child, notes that he wrote to his parents, family photos, report cards and drawings. We also have his Cub Scout uniform and an athletic letter he earned for swimming in high school ...


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