Who was Jim Morrison?
James Douglas Morrison was an American singer, poet, and songwriter who was the Doors’ lead vocalist, the rock band. He is considered one of the most influential and iconic frontmen in the history of rock music. Because of his erratic and unpredictable performances, wild personality, distinctive voice, poetic lyrics, and the dramatic happenings circling his life and pretty early death. Morrison’s fame has lived through as among the most oft-displayed and rebellious icons of popular culture after his death. It is a representation of the generation gap as well as the youth counterculture.
Morrison and Ray Manzarek are the Doors’ founders, which came into existence in Venice during the summers of 1965. The band remained obscured for two years before rising to fame with “Light My Fire”, the number-one single of the United States. It was derived from their debut album, which was self-titled. Morrison went on to record six studio albums with the Doors, and all of the tracks received critical acclaim and sold well. He was pretty famous for improvising the spoken word poetry lines when the band used to play live. In the words of Manzarek, the co-founder of the Doors, Morrison was the embodiment of “hippie counterculture rebellion”.
Why is Morrison Called “The Lizard King”?
Morrison composed a poem that goes by the title “Celebration of the Lizard”. It made its first appearance on the sleeve of “Waiting for the Sun”, an album of The Doors. There was a line in the poem: “I am the Lizard King, I can do anything.” It made the fans believe that Morrison was calling himself the “Lizard King” instead of a persona that he created as a fictional author.
The Lizard King was an alter-ego of Morrison and was printed in Waiting for the Sun’s record jacket, which went on to be the best seller of 1968. This nickname stuck with him, and the band soon added music to it. The band performed this poem numerous times on stage shows and lived appearances. Some parts of the lyrics were also added in “Not to Touch the Earth,” while the entire “Celebration” became a part of the 1970’s record Absolute Live. (See Who Wrote the Pledge of Allegiance?)
Morrison’s Sad and Sudden Demise
Jim Morrison was just 27 years old when he was found dead in a bathtub on the 3rd of July, 1971, but the reason behind his death continues to be a mystery. While some believe he died due to heart failure, others state that it was an overdose of heroin that took his life. The world was shocked by his death, and it was indeed pretty soon for such a talented person to leave the world. In particular, Song-lovers in general and rock musicians continue to get influenced by his work even today. His grave is still among the most famous tourist attractions of Paris, France.
You can find hundreds of tourists, on any given day, surrounding his tombstone. Fans have used graffiti to cover and decorate his tombstone. He is among the members of the infamous 27 club. It is a group of eminent musicians who died at the young age of 27. Some of the names in this club include Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, and Jimi Hendrix.