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Today in History: The world lost rock legend Jim Morrison

“I see myself as a huge fiery comet, a shooting star. Everyone stops, points up and gasps “Oh look at that!” Then–whoosh, and I’m gone…and they’ll never see anything like it ever again…and they won’t be able to forget me–ever.” —Jim Morrison

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On July 3, 1971, the world lost music legend and poet Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, at age 27 to heart failure. Famed for his countercultural mysticism, striking lyrics, and powerful voice, Jim Morrison remains one of the most prolific figures in rock music, with a cult of personality that goes unrivaled. And for good reason—few other musicians did charisma, danger, and broodiness like Jim did.

So in honor of one of rock music’s most mythical and meteoric men, hit play and check out these amazing photos of Jim taken in 1968 by LIFE magazine’s Yale Joel.

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11 replies
  1. Jake Fantom
    Jake Fantom says:

    He wound up a bloated drug-addled hulk at just 27. Frankly, I never thought he had any talent to begin with. But go ahead and worship him if you like.

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  2. Lets Look At Reality
    Lets Look At Reality says:

    Lets be honest here. Dude was great and groundbreaking at the time with his portrayal of a new breed of what a musician is. Lyrics were great songs were and still awesome. But at the same time people need to realize he is one of the poster boys of an era of excess with drugs,booze and ultimate destruction. Admire the greatness of what he and the doors did as musicians and some aspects of his personal life but never deny he led himself to an early end.

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  3. becky
    becky says:

    wow we worship football and baseball players that are so much worse and make a hell of alot more money than he did

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