Jim Morrison's Will To Be Weird

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Had Jim Morrison of The Doors not died in mysterious circumstances at the tender age of 27 in 1971, he would have celebrated his 75th birthday this year.

In this three-hour selection, Paul Gambaccini mixes the music and poetry of the man with the influences that moulded the self-proclaimed ‘The Lizard King’. Paul first encountered Morrison in 1967 when; as a young music director on a New Hampshire radio station, he eagerly opened The Doors’ first single ‘Break On Through’. He followed his career from beginning to end and, to this day, occasionally visits Morrison’s grave in Paris.

Such is Morrison’s lasting mystique, that the programmes featured originate from four different BBC networks:

* Cult Heroes: Jim Morrison [Radio 5 Live 18/12/1990]
Tony Slattery looks back at Morrison’s volatile career

* Dreadzone Aldous Huxley Readings [Radio 1 1995]
Greg Roberts [now Greg Dread] reads excerpts from ‘Brave New World’]

* The Marriage of Heaven and Hell [Radio 3 29/03/1995]
A unique interpretation of William Blake’s 18th century masterpiece

* Like A Rolling Stone [Radio 4 26/03/2006]
The life, work and lasting influence of French poet Arthur Rimbaud

* The Cemetery Confessions [Radio 4 06/05/2004]
A star-studded cast interprets the final confessions of some of the many notable occupants of the Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise, Paris.

Producer: Mik Wilkojc

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra

Paul Gambaccini celebrates the mystique of Jim Morrison.

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Had Jim Morrison of The Doors not died in mysterious circumstances at the tender age of 27 in 1971, he would have celebrated his 75th birthday in 2018. Over three sixty-minute episodes, Paul Gambaccini mixes the music and poetry of the man with the influences that moulded the self-proclaimed ‘The Lizard King’. Paul first encountered Morrison in 1967 when, as a young music director on a New Hampshire radio station, he eagerly opened The Doors’ first single ‘Break On Through’. He followed his career from beginning to end and, to this day, visits Morrison’s grave in Paris.

In addition to Paul’s memories and observations, we delve into the Radio Archive and feature:

‘Cult Heroes: Jim Morrison’ [Radio 5 Live 18/12/1990] Tony Slattery looks back at Morrison’s volatile career

‘Like A Rolling Stone’ [Radio 4 26/03/2006] The life, work and lasting influence on Jim Morrison of French poet Arthur Rimbaud.

Producer: Mik Wilkojc.

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first heard in 2018.

Paul Gambaccini celebrates the mystique of Jim Morrison.

Paul Gambaccini celebrates the mystique of The Doors' lead vocalist Jim Morrison.

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Had Jim Morrison of The Doors not died in mysterious circumstances at the tender age of 27 in 1971, he would have celebrated his 75th birthday in 2018.

Over three sixty-minute episodes, Paul Gambaccini mixes the music and poetry of the man with the influences that moulded the self-proclaimed ‘The Lizard King’. Paul first encountered Morrison in 1967 when, as a young music director on a New Hampshire radio station, he eagerly opened The Doors’ first single ‘Break On Through’. He followed his career from beginning to end and, to this day, visits Morrison’s grave in Paris.

In addition to Paul’s memories and observations, we delve into the Radio Archive and feature:

‘The Marriage of Heaven and Hell’ [Radio 3 29/03/1995]
A unique interpretation of William Blake’s 18th century masterpiece

‘Dreadzone Aldous Huxley Readings’ [Radio 1 1995]
Greg Roberts [now Greg Dread] reads excerpts from ‘Brave New World’]

Producer: Mik Wilkojc

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first heard in 2018.

Paul Gambaccini celebrates the mystique of Jim Morrison.

Paul Gambaccini celebrates the mystique of The Doors' lead vocalist Jim Morrison.

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Had Jim Morrison of The Doors not died in mysterious circumstances at the tender age of 27 in 1971, he would have celebrated his 75th birthday in 2018.

Over three sixty-minute episodes, Paul Gambaccini mixes the music and poetry of the man with the influences that moulded the self-proclaimed ‘The Lizard King’. Paul first encountered Morrison in 1967 when, as a young music director on a New Hampshire radio station, he eagerly opened The Doors’ first single ‘Break On Through’. He followed his career from beginning to end and, to this day, visits Morrison’s grave in Paris.

In addition to Paul’s memories and observations, we delve into the Radio Archive and feature:

‘The Cemetery Confessions’ [Radio 4 06/05/2004]
A star-studded cast interprets the final confessions of some of the many notable occupants of the Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise, Paris.

Producer: Mik Wilkojc

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first heard in 2018.

Paul Gambaccini celebrates the mystique of Jim Morrison.

Paul Gambaccini celebrates the mystique of The Doors' lead vocalist Jim Morrison.