His insights into the nature of the human experience, and his prophetic vision of the future are astounding.His maturity as both a critical thinker and a poet was developed to an incredible degree for a young man in his early twenties. If possible, his work is even more relevant now than at the time it was first published.
At first glance The Doors don’t seem to be Beat influenced and while The Doors were heavily influenced by literature, they practically released a reading list when they became a national band, they were also obviously influenced by film (Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek were UCLA film students when they met), but theatre was an influence, as well as Blues music.
If you delve past surface appearances you will find The Doors, especially Jim Morrison were influenced by The Beats (most of this essay focuses on Jim Morrison because he was The Doors chief lyricist and the most widely read in literature of The Doors).
They have no real control over events or their own lives. The closest they ever get is the television set. Fear the Lords who are secret among us The Lords are w/in us Born of sloth & cowardice In the aftermath of the Miami incident, the largest tour the Doors had ever scheduled was canceled show by show, making a travesty of the bands reputation and finances, but ironically leaving Jim free to at last pursue other interests.
It was in the following year that Simon and Schuster would publish the two volumes in one edition.
The most influential in Morrison’s development as a writer with a desire to be a poet was French symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud.
Morrison was influenced by Rimbaud’s “A Season in Hell” as well as “Illuminations.” Also important to Morrison was Rimbaud’s biography.But my reading quickly exploded after reading Morrison’s biography and seeing some of the books he devoured when he was in his teenage years. I followed the literary breadcrumbs – like I still do today – and, by the time I finished high school, I had been exposed to a seriously diverse array of books than spanned the great literary and philosophical canons of many countries across the world. But the most valuable thing I can direct you now is having an open mind ready like a sponge to soak up everything and anything. Farrell, Kenneth Patchen, Balzac, Cocteau, Molière, Whitman, Dylan Thomas, Brendan Behan, James Joyce. Spend aimless Sunday afternoon’s wandering through second hand bookshops. Each month, I recommend a small selection of books that I’ve recently fallen in love with. If the book hasn’t impacted me in a significant way, I won’t recommend it. Books that will move you, improve you, and make you think (and some pulpy fun stuff too).It is an important element of his legacy, and the underlying cause of his torment by the Establishment, who knew exactly what Jim was talking about when he screamed Youre all a bunch of fucking slaves in Miami.Jim would later say of The Lords: Notes on Vision : What that book is a lot about is the powerlessness that people have in the face of reality, Jim said.Rimbaud is famous for his quote that poetry should be “a systematic disorganization of the senses.” Rimbaud’s poetic career was also a very quick and shambolic tear through the ranks of French poetry of the time.Rimbaud stopped writing at age seventeen and left for Africa to make his fortune as a gun-runner.