What is it about Jim Morrison that keeps us wondering if there’s the possibility that he’s still alive? Dead, and the circumstances revolving around his death. Morrison’s image is still so iconic that it has been used in parody. The one good thing that may be coming from all this is that people are finally taking an interest in Jim Morrison’s poetry as serious literary material. Here are four stories that focus on each of these aspects.
Just short of a month ago we reported on how John Tice, a West Melbourne, Florida city councilman and founder of the Brevard County Hall of Fame offered to bring Jim Morrison’s body back to Florida from Paris and it’s plot at Pere LaChaise Cemetery so that Morrison could be where near where he was born. Needless to say the effort is a no starter as the Morrison estate informed Tice that they weren’t interested in repatriating Jim’s body to the U.S.
This story has been hitting the internet hard. A Youtube poster calling himself brokkenstar has been making videos of a homeless guy who for some reason he thinks is Jim Morrison alive and well, drinking and spouting poetry in Schenectady, New York. While the guy bears a vague resemblance to an aged Jim Morrison and the poetry sounds vaguely “Morrison-esque” he never says he is Jim Morrison but allows brokkenstar to call him Jimmy and “wordman” (that’s right from “Eddie and the Cruisers”) he also doesn’t deny it and when asked to perform will do a little dance or recite some poetry. Some of these videos go back to 2009 and run to April 2015. One of the videos is above of “Jim” reciting poetry and you can watch the whole series of videos brokkenstar recorded.
This one has been around a couple of weeks and not getting as much attention. An Italian Facebook group, Virgona Finiamola Fate Girare, creates satirical political memes. In the first week of January the group published a photo of Jim Morrison from his booking in the aftermath of his Miami trial with the meme that the picture was of a Slavic thief that has committed 50 robberies for which he has been caught but is released every time (see picture above). One of the group members sent the meme to Maurizio Gasparri, the vice-president of the Italian Senate and a more reactionary member of that body. Gasparri responded saying “That was an embarrassment” the group gleefully retweeted Gasparri’s response ridiculing him for his mistake. The leader of the group, Claudia Vanco said the groups aim is to “poke fun at the creation of political memes and show how easy it is for people to be taken in by them because of culture gaps and lack of investigation.”
In this last item there may be hope because it is a writer taking a look at Jim Morrison and finding the poet. In “Jim Morrison: A Poet Who Made Sense” writer Kenny Dillon who says what set The Doors and Jim Morrison apart “was Jim’s sensitivity to the psychological and his keen attentiveness to the mechanics of the soul.” The essay then goes through a couple of Morrison’s poems and lends an idea or two of what he thinks Morrison was trying to say, and they are some pretty well reasoned out ideas that don’t go off the beaten path in trying to bend Morrison’s words to what he (Dillon) wants them to mean but what he thought Morrison meant.
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