Stamp of the Month: December 2018

Germany 14.4.1988

Jim Morrison

The American singer-songwriter James Douglas “Jim” Morrison was born in Melbourne, Florida on December 8, 1943. He died at the age of 27 on July 3, 1971 in Paris of a heart attack – the exact circumstances of his death were not clarified. In December 2018 Jim Morrison would have been 75 years old.
Jim Morrison is one of the most charismatic personalities of rock music in the late 1960s and was a key symbolic figure of the hippie culture. Together with the rock group
“The Doors”, he was the front man, Morrison advanced the repertoire of rock music to multi-layered concept pieces and shapes of rock theater. He wrote more than one hundred songs with a wide range of musical styles: blues, rock songs, psychedelic rock, hard rock, ballads, sea shanties and a-cappella singing. Musically, he also quoted classical Works by Kurt Weill and Johann Sebastian Bach. Although Jim Morrison mainly is known for his songs, his artistic oeuvre is not limited to music. He left more than 1,600 manuscript pages, including poems, stories, essays, short stories, song lyrics, scenic lyrics and screenplay drafts.

The video is a collage of old and new recordings: The former band members of The Doors play the last song recorded with Jim Morrison titled “Riders on the Storm”, synchronized with the voice of Jim Morrison.