In Paris's Pere-Lachaise cemetery, Jim Morrison's graffiti-scrawled
tombstone is a place of pilgrimage for local devotees, adolescent
hedonists and wayward backpackers alike. Found dead in his bathtub
aged only 27 having achieved worldwide stardom as lead singer of
The Doors, Morrison was quickly immortalised amongst the rock and
roll deity such as Hendrix and Joplin. In death, however, this
debauched `rock poet' remained more stubbornly enigmatic than ever.
Who was the real Jim Morrison? Nihilist, egoist, shaman: he was a
master of self-creation. A mosaic mythology of new-age hippy
rhetoric, French poetry and Nietszchean symbolism obscured a man
trapped by the mythology that he had so carefully constructed
around himself. In this colourful and intimate biography, Dylan
Jones strips bare the skin-tight leather suit of Jim Morrison's
Lizard King persona, and offers a frank and honest appraisal of a
much beloved and often-romanticised counter-cultural icon. Mr Mojo
is littered with little-known anecdotes from fellow stars, spurned
lovers and industry moguls. It is a refreshingly honest portrait of
a self-indulgent artist with a penchant for pageantry and public
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