The band formed in the mid 60's and achieved fame fairly quickly, thanks in large part to Morrison's songwriting style, powerful lyrics, and reputation for misbehaving. He was a true poet, a deep philosophical mind with a penchant for putting it all alongside notes and bass lines.
And he was insanely sexy.
He also had a habit of showing up late, yelling at the crowd and spending most of his time high, drunk, or both.
They were the picture of the excesses of an angry, often drug induced generation.
The Doors came along during the most chaotic times our nation had seen, and spoke to the souls of everyone tired of being limited by others. Morrison made people question the truth, doubt reality, wonder if there is more to this life than the illusions we see.
The dude seriously had some deep thoughts, which were no doubt enhanced by his prolific use of recreational drugs.
In his own words, If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.
As I've been doing the background research for this post, I was surprised to learn that Break on Through (to the other side) was not actually a radio hit initially. In my eyes, that's always been the quintessential song of theirs, though Light My Fire was far more successful.
In 1971, Morrison was found dead in a bathtub at the age of 27. No autopsy was done. After his death, the remaining members of the band tried to go forward, but ended up breaking up in 1973. A few attempts at reunions have been made, and currently Ray Manzarak and Robby Krieger are touring with an amended name.
People fear death more than pain. It's strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah, I guess it is a friend. ~Jim Morrison