Jim Morrison, a poet and, more famously, the lead singer of the 1960s rock group The Doors, created some of the most enduring images of mid-twentieth century American popular culture. Yet the significance of this creation has received minimal critical attention in media and American studies, while the pop biography field prefers to focus on Morrison’s sex life, early death and alcoholism. This paper moves discussion of Morrison from his personal life to his artistic and cultural one, and makes the case that Morrison invented—rather than just stumbled into—the essential template of the Rock Star.
|Keywords:||Jim Morrison, 1960s, Rock, Popular Music, Popular Culture, Photography|
Senior Lecturer, Political Science Programme, The University of Canterbury, New Zealand