Jim Morrison And Order & Chaos Essay

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Jim Morrison And Order & Chaos


Jim Morrison's life is full of twists and turns. Yet, despite this he still managed to
keep control of himself to create well-organized works of music as well as his poems. His
social life started out to be the safe variable and when he was on stage he let loose
giving crazy shows for the audience. As his life went on his two lives began to blend into
one big blunder where you could only see tiny specs of so-called order. As well as Jim's
life , the time he lived in behaved the same way. Order in the country was there, but its
people and its government showed moments of chaos and even rejection of the government
itself. Major things were happening and people were reacting in sometimes extreme ways.
The sixties were jam packed with events showing disorder. In this way we can relate it to
one who lived the time. Jim Morrison's life was full of diversity, order and chaos, just
like the times he lived in, the sixties.


Jim's life began as a story of order and chaos. His father was a career militarist, which
brought the order of the military. This job brought a lot of moving and relocation which
through Jim's childhood out of sync. Jim started his life in Clearwater, Florida. Then he
moved to Washington D.C., and then on to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jim's family kept moving
and moving Jim never had time to make any true friends in any one place (Jones 31). To
deal with this Jim acted like; one could say the class clown, so he would be liked. This
backfired and kids learned to watch themselves around him. With no true friends Jim found
that he had no problem manipulating the ones around him. He was his own individual; he
just looked out for himself. Morrison received high marks throughout school even though he
didn't put too much effort into the books and spent a lot of time drunk (34). His parents
then enrolled him in St. Petersburg Junior College in Florida, but Jim transferred to
Florida State University only to drop out and move to UCLA to study film. At the end of
the year Jim turned in his film, but he received bad reactions to it and he dropped out of
school (Manzarek 60). This made Jim a lot more eligible to be drafted so he moved to
Venice just south of Santa Monica. This is when he began to use alcohol and drugs to
expand his mind past the point the books had. After this summer '65 filled with drugs and
alcohol he began to think he could become a rock singer (Jones 38). A little later he met
Ray Manzarek and decided to form a band.


In 1965 Jim met eighteen year old Pamela Courson. This redhead gave Jim what he called his
"Cosmic Mate" (37). This provided Jim a normal relationship where he read his poems and
she benefited him in the category of clothing apparel. Yet, Jim enjoyed the life of Los
Angeles where freaks, washouts, and the rich lived side by side. Nobody in L.A. would make
his ambitions shallow either, Jim chose to be on the crazier side of the city so he could
mask himself as he always did and because of the scene there nobody cared.


Jim's life though a little wild still kept the calm variable of his band. They made many
songs and passed them around to different record companies until Columbia gave them a
small deal. They went around L.A. doing birthdays, weddings, and etc… Manzerek was the
prominent singer at this time because Morrison was still to shy at the time to use his own
voice. The band was looking for a more stable way of playing so they sought a residency at
a club. They were rejected around town because they had no bass guitar player, but then
Manzerek discovered a way of getting around this by adopting a keyboard that imitated the
sound the bass guitar (Jones 41). Then as the Doors concerts numbered on Jim Morrison
became more and more confident with his presence on stage, which resulted in the often
singing of Morrison. The band started to attract small crowds for their performances who
would show up over and over again just to see The Doors play. Along with this Jim became
very comfortable on stage. Soon he became so comfortable that he began showing up drunken,
high, or both. At the club the Whiskey-A-Go-Go a rep from Elektra records saw them
(Manzerek 182). The company gave the Doors control of their output so the band quickly
signed. This was definitely a good thing because the Doors had just been fired because Jim
just decided to yell "*%$! You" in concert and the management quickly fired them (Jones
43). The cause of this is the fact that the band had to fill the time slots by adlibbing
songs and Jim's relationship with LSD, a close one.


A big part of order and preciseness in Jim's life is his songs. They were written concise
and compact. They are filled with all the knowledge he acquired while reading at the
library. They also contained his fears and obsessions. The songs are creative from Jim's
own mind and helped out by his mind on drugs such as LSD, peyote, amyl nitrate, grass, and
alcohol (43).


Jim's life was heading down while the group remained at their respectable level. He had no
where to live, while the others maintained their life and just used drugs. They didn't let
it control and fuel them like Jim did. Jim now started to become a darker figure talking
about death as a friend taking him away from his pain (44). This was the character Jim had
ultimately wanted to be. He let his stage personality take over his whole life.


Though Jim's appearance made him look like a druggy from a distance he still used his mind
and body to show his control. Steve Harris, the Vice President of Elektra said of him, "He
had a way of moving, a way of looking at you, and a way of projecting himself: he was
gorgeous magnetic. He knew he had the goods, and he knew how to use them" (Jones 48).
Steve went on to say how when Jim met a journalist or record company representative he
would try to "conquer" the wife, he says Jim usually did (48). Jim did everything to keep
what he now had with his image and everything. An example is when before his first concert
in New York his mother called and Jim talked to for a short period of time before he went
off in a tantrum. His family members tried to reach him, but Jim would refuse to talk then
go off in another tantrum followed by getting drunk. Jim also wanted to build on this
image with a death hoax. The one fault in Jim's image was people knew he wasn't the kind
of guy you would want to be around. He used his manipulative mind to use you if you came
close. Jim would test his friends, lovers, etc…over and over till their relationship
would break.


As the Doors became bigger Jim became more and more unpredictable. He was the first to
crowd surf, but the worst things of all were his crude acts on stage and once even getting
caught in a public shower room with a woman. The incident with the girl was in New Haven,
CT where he met a girl back stage and took her to the shower-rooms and began having sex. A
policeman caught them and told them to break up, but Jim protested and the cop reacted by
spraying them both in the face with tear gas (Jones 128). The second embarrassing moment
for the band was when Jim ran up on stage when Jimi Hendrix was up there and clutched
Jimi's legs as to perform oral sex. The next crude act is a time when Jim actually took
his partially erect penis and performed or started to perform masturbation. A security
guard then pushed him offstage (Manzerek 338). Along with these sexual acts Jim liked to
pick fights and he would get his drunk body beaten, but then get right back up and take
the beating again. Jim also liked manipulating crowds into frenzies and causing riots.
Again the band was unaware of his plan.


Jim's life as you can see was one of confusion, disorder, yet he was able to keep some,
admittedly not much, but some stability in it. His death in Paris mirrored his life. It
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