Summer’s almost gone, but there are still a few moments to hold onto, so let us delve into the realm known as summer reading (which I never got because reading is reading year round), books that are an amusing and/or quick read basking on the sands of your favorite beach. But what’s out there for The Doors fan? Well, here are some summertime suggestions for The Doors fan.
The first is an oldie (but that’s what’s cool about books, no time limits on reading) published in 1999 by Mick Farren, Jim Morrison’s Adventures in the Afterlife, follows Jim Morrison (or at least a character that thinks he’s Jim Morrison, even he doesn’t remember) post-mortem as he hooks up with Doc Holliday as his guide. Morrison encounters and barely survives Moses, blues singers, UFO’s, a ride down the river Styx. Jim Morrison’s Adventures in the Afterlife is a bit like a surrealistic Huck Finn. The book doesn’t have any great insights into Jim Morrison, The Doors or even mortality, it’s just a fun read that you never know where it will take you. Jim Morrison’s Adventures in the Afterlife is available at Amazon and is only $7.59 for the Kindle version.
A note. Jim Morrison’s Adventures in the Afterlife came to my attention because Mick Farren died onstage with his band The Deviants on July 27th. There is an obituary for Mick Farren from Shindig! Magazine.
Now to a book that’s a little more recently published, the rather inelegantly titled John Lennon Did Not Die a Slow Death, is ten articles written by rock journalist Jim O’Donnell who was a student of Richard Goldstein’s who has been writing about rock since 1969, and his credits include books about Queen and The Beatles. The second article in the book is a memoriam of Jim Morrison written on the day his death was announced in America, July 9, 1971. The third article in the book is about Elvis written in 1974 and it is just stunning in reviewing and summing up Elvis’ career up to that point. The article the book is titled for, I found a little blasé. It covers reports that John Lennon was alive and able to talk to police en-route to the hospital after he was shot December 8, 1980. It debunks the myth that Lennon was able to talk to police and comes to the conclusion Lennon was probably already dead or close to death when police arrived. This might be an important point for Beatle fans, but as a casual fan of The Beatles it seems the tragedy of John Lennon, who worked towards goals of love and peace, being shot, becoming the first rock ‘n’ roll assassination is the bigger picture. John Lennon Did Not Die a Slow Death comes in at about 60 pages and includes articles about Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Alan Freed (a much overlooked personage in rock history), it is available at Amazon for $3.99 on Kindle or $5.36 for the paperback version.
Articles and Excerpts
Tom DiCillo’s When You’re Strange came out in 2010, does it need a reassessment and reappraisal, or even to be considered the greatest rock ‘n’ roll documentary? Paul Gleason thinks so, you can read his article The Greatest Rock and Roll Documentary Reexamined: Tom DiCillo’s When You’re Strange: A Film About The Doors.
I think I’ve mentioned this before, when columnists get bored they compile a list on a subject. Broward/Palm Beach New Times writer David Rolland noticed that a lot of people have tried to replace Jim Morrison so he put together the list of Top Ten Failed Jim Morrison Replacement’s. The list seems inverted or a bit inside out, but that’s just me, what do you think of his listings?
Finally (I hope this hasn’t been a long row for you), Empty Mirror Literary Magazine has published an excerpt of my novel The Last Stage, the excerpt is titled Writers on the Storm. Empty Mirror is a magazine that publishes beat and post-writing, along with reviews and updates on authors such as Jack Kerouac and Michael McClure. The Last Stage is available at Amazon (only $3.03 for the Kindle version!)
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