cover image Break on Through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison

Break on Through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison

James Riordan. William Morrow & Company, $20 (544pp) ISBN 978-0-688-08829-3

Riordan ( The Platinum Rainbow ) and freelancer Prochnicky here present credible new evidence about the death of Doors lead singer Jim Morrison: according to sources close to his late girlfriend, Pamela Courson, Morrison's 1971 death at age 27 in Paris was caused by heroin overdose, not heart failure as publicized. For the most part, however, the book covers familiar territory and the fan-club-style overstatement, redundancy and lyrics quoted for dramatic effect become tedious. The authors discuss recording sessions, concerts, groupies, etc., and the 1970 court case that convicted Morrison of indecent exposure and profanity at a Miami concert. The Lizard King's charisma, alcohol and drug abuse and artistic disillusionment are sympathetically portrayed. Those nostalgic about Morrison and the Doors might wish to scour this unpolished tome for a few more tidbits of trivia. Photos not seen by PW . (June)