Wow, you know, I was born the day he died, and grew up very interested in his life and really looked into his life. I know pretty much every nuance to classic rock, from Pink Floyd random facts, to the name of Led Zepplin's first pilot, to crazy details of Lynard Skynard's ridiculous reasons for their tragedy, and I gotta say, even though I know every lyric Morrison has published, and I think about him every July 3rd, calling him a burnout is not an insult as much as a calculated asessment of him. Did he not pass out during several concerts, crash many cars under heavy influence, and show up completely hammered at a family member's funeral? I dont know, maybe in your family and friends you would call that stable and normal, but I dont. I dont doubt it was calculated and intentional, when I go out and get drunk or whatever I do, I usually plan on doing it.
And hey, Im not casting stones, I never said squat about the Doors....but allow me to toss a couple pebbles:
1. Jim would have been far less notable without Robbie and Ray....they were the musical genious behind the Doors.
2. Yeah, the Doors turned down lucrative offers...but they sure didnt turn down a car commercial and several other sell out deals.
3. (and this is the most important) Jim had a Shelby and couldn't drive for
But hey, My Pink Floyd may be your Yanni...music is a taste, and not one we all have to share....I listen to all my favs cuz I dig their music, not their spiritual beliefs or enlightenment....Im a musician, and know many....you would not hold them in such high esteem if you had to be around them all the time. Most are egomaniacs or self absorbed at the very least...
Hmm, I can't wait to see how these comments settle the anger from my previous comment....
But hey, maybe your documentary will change my mind....Ive been reading your 2 year old search waiting for something....
Do you even have any interests in Shelbys? or are you just here for the free nuts and beer?
And Lawdude....what Analogy? Morrison was 50 pounds overweight in '71...I was talking about him!
I get a lot of "Hey man, he was just a doper who got lucky" comments, and I'm sorry if I grouped you unfairly.
To answer a few of the questions you put forth.
It's hard to take "Burnout" as anything but an insult when you use it in the sentence "I would be somewhat disappointed if I found out my car belonged to that burnout". If your car did, it would at least triple in value overnight.
Certainly the "Doors" were a "Perfect Storm" of sorts. They all had to come together at the right time for it to happen as it did. But to be fair, Robbie and Ray had little success before Jim and very little after.
The car commercial you refer to is the Buick "Light My Fire" campaign that ran in 1970. This was a the last straw that had Jim leave the Doors, not officially but the rest of the band knew he wasn't coming back. The deal was signed without his consent while he was in Paris with Pam (prior to his moving there permanently before he died).
After reading Friedrich Nietzsche, Blake ("the path of excess, leads to the palace of enlightenment"), and becoming obsessed with the Odeipus complex as an analogy for the death of the "Old Mythologies", he set a course that included what he called a "Long, Prolonged, Derangement of the Senses".
What he didn't account for, and what would have been clear to any physician now, was the presence of a rare metabolic condition that causes an irregular metabolism of alcohol. I have read and heard 100 account of "Jim drank a fifth of whiskey, was just fine, then 10 minutes later he was passed out pissing himself". The condition causes the individual to be able to consume a large amount of alcohol with no effect and then it dumps it all into the bloodstream at once.
As for me, I've been in the entertainment business since I was 9. A SAG actor for 14 years, and I shoot a lot of music videos. I know the musician mentality well. And while there are some world class A-Holes, there are some very passionate artists as well. I have bought and sold vintage automobile most of my life and for a while owned a vintage car dealership where we had the chance to sell quite a few historically significant cars. Shelbys are near and dear to my heart.
But the doc is not so much about just finding the car as it is showing why people, driven by passion, desire such cars. The late 1960s was a unique and turbulent time when a movement of change and the desire for something better spread around the world. I hope to give people a glimpse of this.
If it's not your thing, that cool, but I just found it a bit off-putting to hear some say "I would be somewhat disappointed if I found out my car belonged to that burnout" But I guess you are not alone. We sold a 1922 Stanley Steamer that belonged to one of the victims of the "St. Valentines Day Massacre", and the previous owner told no one because he thought it detracted from the purity of his beloved steam car. To each their own I suppose. (for the record, it sold for 5 times actual value because of the historical significance.
L Christian Mixon
Morrison's Mustang - A Vision Quest to find "The Blue Lady"