Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “No One Here Gets Out Alive” as Want to Read:
No One Here Gets Out Alive
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

No One Here Gets Out Alive

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  28,024 Ratings  ·  625 Reviews
A must have biography of Jim Morrison
From the Back Cover
           Here is Jim Morrison in all his complexity-singer, philosopher, poet, delinquent-the brilliant, charismatic, and obsessed seeker who rejected authority in any form, the explorer who probed "the bounds of reality to see what would happen..."
          Seven years in the writing, this definitive biography is
Paperback, 387 pages
Published April 12th 1991 by Plexus Publishing (UK) (first published 1980)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about No One Here Gets Out Alive, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about No One Here Gets Out Alive

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Jason Koivu
In the age of flower power, the Summer of Love and an era in which a generation sought peace not war, The Doors came out of the darker corners of man's desire.

Harbingers of evil? No. This is about the conduits of humanity in all its beauty and horror.

The Doors embodied yin and yang...

I found an island in your arms
Country in your eyes
Arms that chain
Eyes that lie

In No One Here Gets Out Alive, Danny Sugarman has put together the comprehensive legend of Jim Morrison's life, as well as the birth
Dec 16, 2008 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a long-time Doors fan. I own all their music and still include it in my music rotation - nearly 40 years after my first exposure to them. Morrison was a very bright man cursed with uncommonly good looks and a ferocious thirst for large quantities of whiskey. The latter led him to an early grave. This book colorfully accounts for his genius and outrageous appetites that led to his early death at age 27. The author dares suggest what Doors fans find heretical: Morrison wasn't a very good sing ...more
To say that many of his fans are morons that get grandiose and delusional about him is an understatement. However I still find that The Doors music stands the test of time and think Morrison was a talented and interesting guy. This book, while good, could have been a lot better. The authors, one of whom knew Morrison personally, interviewed multiple people that were close to him and The Doors, but yet its hard get a true feel for what sort of person Morrison was underneath the front that he put ...more
Oct 01, 2009 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music-notpunk
For about a two month period of time in 11th grade I thought that The Doors were a really good band, and that Jim Morrison was not a douche bag. It was one of the dark times of my life. I read this book then and really liked it. Thinking back on it I know it's not a very good book, nor do I think The Doors are a very good band.
Cormac Zoso
Apr 06, 2012 Cormac Zoso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to know proper etiquette of a rock legend
Recommended to Cormac by: Miss Maggie M'Gill
This is the book that is responsible for making the three surviving members of The Doors rich beyond their dreams. When this came out way back in 1980, The Doors were a band many people had heard of but in general (readers please note i said 'in general') were not one mentioned in the same breath as The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles, probably the four biggest, most famous, and ultimately most respected and durable bands to come from the '60s. Certainly the sales of their ...more
Feb 17, 2014 Justin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The most popular Doors memoir, and also the shittiest. This book reeks of Sugarman's tunnel vision obsession with Jim Morrison. It's not that the events described aren't factually correct, but you really get the sense that this book was written by a 14 year old poser who understood Jim or the Doors as well as a typical super fan, and no better than that. I still recall my high school English teacher refused to let me write a celebrity bio on Jim because a large-breasted cheerleader in my class a ...more
J. Kahele
This book to me was an obsessive take from the opinion of Danny Sugerman on Jim Morrison. I found some of the words to be quite hypocritical and at times a little demeaning. The Doors popularity was gained from their uniqueness as a band, that includes the voice of Jim Morrison. To say the man couldn't sing was an absolute lie. He stood out not only for his reckless ways, but also for his ability to sing in a way no other person could.
Oct 23, 2010 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies
I read this book in 1987 when a huge Doors fan in my high school science class loaned me a cassette tape of music that would forever change what I thought about fire, and pretty much everything else. It became a part of my permanent collection of books and I read it a second time in August 1998 shortly after a news bite in Time magazine made note that the 30-year lease on his grave at Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris would expire on July 6, 2001 because the caretakers were "tired of picking up be ...more
This is the first book I'm putting in my books that changed everything shelf. I first saw a girl reading this on the bus from school in the 70s. She must've been in high school and I had the vague sense that it was something illicit, part of the drug culture. I also remember a newspaper article that said Morrison called himself the "lizard king," which I associated with satanism. Somehow I got over these childhood prejudices and embraced the Doors' music when I was in high school myself. I was i ...more
Mar 06, 2013 Matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Passable only for my abiding love of all things Doors and Morrison (not always the same thing, y'unnerstand) and not because of any real depth or insight. Sugerman's got his obsequious head shoved straight up the ol' Lizard King' that you can hardly see daylight but ah, what the hell. It's not like we're getting Plutarch or Lytton Strachey here...
Esme M
Mar 02, 2011 Esme M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is everybody in? Is everybody in? Is everybody in? The ceremony is about to begin...
Eric Althoff
Jan 29, 2009 Eric Althoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am of the opinion that most rock biographies are identical: From humble beginnings, the talented-though-unstable musician rises through hardship and adversity to the heights of stardom, where he experiences success and drugs/booze/women, and then falls gradually or swiftly from grace. "No One Here Gets Out Alive" does not much stray from that arc, but it is the energy and passion of the tale itself that makes it such a fascinating read.

Jerry Hopkins interviewed Jim Morrison for Rolling Stone s
Zach Bartell
This is a very good book. I enjoyed reading it, and it introduced me to some of the philosophical ideas that Jim was into, like Nietzche's ideas about classical archetypes (prompting me to look further), and just generally the idea that theatrical performances are very important and can seem to liberate people, as could have been the case in the late 60's when the Doors took the stage for the first time in coastal California. Jim was not just "a character" as some people might say, nor was he ju ...more
Jul 11, 2011 Janina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am not, nor have I ever been, a fan of The Doors. I tried once but it's just not my music. Nevertheless, I thought I should at least read a biography of Jim Morrison. Although I don't like his music, many other musicians and bands I appreciate, have cited him as a major influence and it is undeniable that Jim Morrison/The Doors have left there mark on music history. So I found this book in my local library and picked it up.

"No one here gets out alive" tells the story of Jim Morrison, from when
Dan O'Keefe
Jan 13, 2010 Dan O'Keefe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's Jim Morrison!

I was surprised (not really) at how similar his choices in literature was to me. Nietzsche, Verlaine, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Artaud, and a helluva lot more. The man was really an enigma to a lot of people; I think most people assume that he was just this druggie/drunk hippie who didn't have a real thought in his head.

Thing is, the Doors were doing things differently than anyone else. They make the point in this book that Morrison was trying to create high art and to treat music
Jim Cherry
No One Here Gets Out Alive probably deserves a couple more stars on this review for its place in Rock ‘n’ Roll history. After all it provided a resurrection for The Doors and Jim Morrison, as well as laying out the Morrison mythology and opening The Doors for the next generation of fans.

No One Here was written by Jerry Hopkins, who had interviewed Morrison for Rolling Stone Magazine and after Morrison’s death found himself more affected than he thought he should be, so he wrote book. During the
Josh Figueroa
I too was swept up with the mysticism of Morrison as a teenager. I watched Val Kilmer's eerie turn as Jim in the Oliver Stone movie obsessively. I emulated Jim's careful, soft speech and clothing style.

Leather pants get hot after a while.

While I don't rag on Jim as much as people do now, I can see why many groan.

This book, while I had read it a few times, is literally a fanboy's masturbatory ode to his hero. Even back at a naive age of 15, I questioned if Morrison really could recite any pass
Jamie Sigal
Jul 29, 2011 Jamie Sigal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was going through boxes the other day and I came across this book, the same copy I bought with the $5 my grandmother gave me for my fifteenth birthday about a million years ago. It was a hugely influential book on my life way back in the day and it was kind of funny reading it from an adult's perspective. Some of the antics Morrison got up to that seemed to cool when I was kid seemed purely asinine now, but for the most part Jim holds up as a cool guy, interesting lyricist, and a wonderful ent ...more
Apr 02, 2007 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jim Morrison is a captivating character to read about when you're 13 years old. I saw a teenager reading it on a train recently, and told him that it might change his life. I could have told him the truth about Morrison, and how he was just a poser masquerading as a worthy icon, but he needs to figure that out on his own. However, I did recommend John Densmore's , a far more revealing portrayal of the life of a band in the sixties. Hope he gets to it someday.
Apr 28, 2009 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rock-sleaze
In the early Eighties there were two bios everybody owned: Edie and this, the Jim Morrison bio. I'm a mid-level Doors fan (liked the first four albums and then, goodbye!) but I like any book that chronicles the old Sixties psych scene and this book doesn't disappoint. If you can handle the excessively worshipful treatment paid to an excessively annoying drunk then this book can be entertaining.
Oct 01, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I used to be obsessed with Morrison, he was such a troubled genius, although I think most are. Absolutely love the Doors, have all their music. His lyrics are like nothing I've ever heard, the darkness and the insight. Did you know he got the name The Doors from Huxley's The Doors of Perception?
Read this for sophomore English.

"I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most important moments.”
Jim Morrison
Sep 29, 2008 Stacey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a huge doors fan when I was a teenager and I read this book over and over again. I mean I kept it tied up with string to keep it together. I think if Jim Morrison were alive today he'd be on one the reality tv shows still reciting his poetry in a drunken stupor fighting with Danny Bonaduce.
Jul 31, 2011 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating look at The Doors and mainly front man Jim Morrison. Well written too, not just a rock biography.
Aug 18, 2011 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When "No One Here Gets Out Alive" (the first of what by now are at least half a dozen biographies of Doors poet and singer Jim Morrison) was first published in 1980, it was a huge best-seller and very popular amongst my crowd of friends. I was urged to read the book by many of them, but, despite being a Doors fan then and to this day, I suppose my head was somewhere else back then, and I never did. Flash forward 28 years, and I am replacing all six of my weathered Doors studio LPs with 40th anni ...more
Mar 27, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jim Morrison was a very interesting man. It is hard to see who he truly was just by reading a biography on him. But he was explained to be a very philosophical man who was living in the wrong time. Who wrote lyrics that were supposibly beautiful but could only make sense in his own soul. Take for instance the experience of the indians dying on the side of the road, some see it as a metaphor, he sees it as realistic and a view of someone he could not save.
I really did not like the point of how h
Pavlina Radoslavova
Цялото ревю е в "Аз чета"

„The Doors. От другата страна” е брилянтно написана биография на едно от най-значимите деца на рока, заедно с най-близките му другарчета в играта. Увличаща и вдъхновяваща, книгата определено има какво да разкаже за времето, за групата и не на последно място за него – Джеймс Дъглас Морисън. Разказва за всички важни моменти, концертите и хората, за скритите неща отвъд популярните сензации и накрая постепенно утвърждава Морисън като „един истински поет – Уитман на революц
Feb 12, 2016 Rebekkila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know much about Jim Morrison before I read this book. I know the music from the Doors and I had watched a movie about the Doors that I don't remember well. I knew he was a drinker but I did not know that his drinking and drug use were out of control and that he was such a controversial musician. Another thing that was surprising was that he was only in the public eye for around 4 years.
After reading the first 50 pages of the book I began to wonder if the authors disliked him or if he w
No One Here Gets Out Alive is the tale of Jim Morrison, in all his glory. This book showcases all aspects of this rock legend, from the gentle and sensitive poet to the ill-behaved drunk. It also discusses his band: The Doors, their music, and their legacy. The authors, Danny Sugerman and Jerry Hopkins certainly did their research. They interviewed the people closest to Mr. Morrison: Ray Manzarek and John Densmore (I don't recall reading much about Krieger)Patricia Kennealy, Pamela Courson-Morri ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Riders on the Storm: My Life with Jim Morrison and the Doors
  • Break on Through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison
  • The Lizard King: The Essential Jim Morrison
  • Light My Fire
  • Strange Days: My Life With and Without Jim Morrison
  • The American Night: The Lost Writings, Vol. 2
  • Buried Alive: The Biography of Janis Joplin
  • The Jim Morrison Scrapbook
  • Angels Dance and Angels Die: The Tragic Romance of Pamela and Jim Morrison
  • Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend
  • 'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky: The Life of Jimi Hendrix
  • Love, Janis
  • Saucerful of Secrets: The Pink Floyd Odyssey
  • Stairway to Heaven: Led Zeppelin Uncensored
  • Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana
  • Pearl: The Obsessions and Passions of Janis Joplin
  • Before I Get Old: The Story of the Who
  • I, Me, Mine

Share This Book

“Those are the greatest fuckin' song lyrics I've ever heard. Let's start a rock 'n' roll band and make a million dollars.” 10 likes
“We had a theory of the True Rumor, that life wasn't as exciting and romantic as it should be, so you tell things that are false because it is better that images be created. It doesn't matter that they aren't true, so long as they are believed.” 1 likes
More quotes…