Morrison Hotel

On the one hand detachment and despair. On the other intoxication and wonder. There’s death here, but there’s also Jim and the Doors in full flow, and a veritable ‘feast of friends’ … so give them an hour for magic!

Michael writes: ” ‘Morrison Hotel’ looks at one possible result of the fragmentation described in the previous chapter – a sense of detachment and isolation and a swing to intense introspection. In the absence of like-minded individuals, there is always a tendency for us to look to an appropriate idol for support and guidance. When, as a rock fan, you find a band or an artist to help guide you through such a dark period of your life, you can but hope that you have chosen a reasonable guide. Of course, in reality, choice has little to do with it. The experience of finding an artist whose music and outlook completely takes over your whole being is truly intoxicating. It can provide both hope and validation as one comes to identify ever more closely with the public persona and musical output of the artist. But there are clear dangers to personal growth when one becomes spellbound to the point of imitation, subservience, or obsession. When one’s idol is Jim Morrison, and one is already feeling lost and cut adrift, the dangers are particularly stark, with the ‘hero worship’ directing the fan to any number of doors that it’s probably wiser (or at least safer) not to open. The relationship between rock stars and their fans, and the forms the relationship takes, has always fascinated me, ever since I first saw those old black and white film reels of young girls screaming hysterically at the Beatles. The psychology of the rock star/rock fan relationship is interesting, and the dynamic can quickly become unhealthy for both parties. Jim Morrison, of course, is dead: the relationship can’t do him any more harm.”

Bands and artists featured include: Jim Morrison, the Doors, Danny Sugarman, Steve Harris, Fish and Steve Hogarth. There’s discussion of a fine work by writer Doug Sundling, and touches of Nietzsche, Blake, Rimbaud and Huxley (all the usual suspects).

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