Jim Morrison; From Boy To Legend


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Jim Morrison; From Boy to Legend


"hope is just a word

when you think in

Table Cloths

Laughter will not end

her funny feeling

or assuage our

strange desire

Children will be born"

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. 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 his life. 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 personality. The negative

effects of his upbringing helped to mold Morrison 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. His wild imagination began to

produce hundreds of 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 and Fud\'s

focuses again were sexual, but they were imbued with sophistication and subtle humor unusual for someone

only fourteen. No doubt, Jim\'s sexually demented mind was now partially formed. The once young and

innocent Jim Morrison was now older and more harmful. Late in his sophomore year, Jim moved to

Alexandria, Virginia. Here 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.

Jim was now looked upon as the ring leader by his peers. Everybody wanted to be like Jim, they all

competed for his attention. Right down to his expressions, his peers mimicked all of his actions. But Jim

never led them like they wanted to be led.

Morrison 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. When graduation came around,