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No One Here Gets Out Alive

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  20,761 ratings  ·  564 reviews
A must have biography of Jim Morrison
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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 the work of two men
Published April 12th 1991 by Plexus Publishing (UK) (first published 1980)
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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
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
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
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
Aug 23, 2012 Cormac Zoso rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Eric Althoff
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
Dan O'Keefe
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
Jamie Sigal
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
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
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
Pavlina Radolavova
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
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.
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.

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...
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.
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
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
no one gets out alive is a biography about the crazy and adventurous life of Jim Morrison and his band The Doors. I found the book to be pretty much what i expected: entertaining, factual, and interesting. It starts off telling you about Jim's life growing up as a child and living in his home town. Then goes more indepth about his older crazy teenage life where he and a group of friends make the band "The Doors". The book honestly is a good read if you like this band and is also filled with litt ...more
Does exactly what it says on the tin. Couldn't help feeling that I was reading a version of something serialized in The Mirror, or worse - The Daily Mail.


Enjoyable, love to know exactly how much was true.
La verdad sobre la vida de Jim Morrison, relatada por Sugerman, a quien Morrison se lo llevara siendo un adolescente para transformarse en "Jefe de Prensa de la banda". Revelador...
Beem Weeks
This is the one that started the flood of Jim Morrison biographies. An interesting slant on the myth and the legend that grew up around the fast life and early death of a great American poet. Written by Danny Sugerman, an employee in charge of fan mail at The Doors' office, he had a fly-on-the-wall view of the chaos that swirled around Morrison and the band. He tells what he saw, situations he remembers, moments lost to time but for his recollections. Sure, some of the events are disputed by sur ...more
This is my third read-through. I wanted to compare it with the two Doors band members' memoirs. Densmore says at first it couldn't get accepted by any publisher because it was so very negative about Jim Morrison. After reworking, the result still reads like a muckraker. That couldn't be co-author Danny Sugerman's fault -- he loved Jim. His input must have been overpowered by veteran writer Jerry Hopkins, who definitely didn't love Jim. Even so, it's an object lesson about the destructive effects ...more
the Flowers in the Attic of 14 year old guys!
Alan Jarvie
Fantastic insight into one of the most underrated bands of the 60's.
I gave this four stars, not because I remember the quality of the writing or biographical prowess. I gave it four stars because it had such a profound impact on my life when I read it in 9th grade. A bunch of friends read it at the same time and boy did we dig in. It provided a lot of roads for exploration (or should I lamely say... opened many, ahem, doors)and it helped set my mind on fire. We devoured each album and each chapter, each idea was discussed. Shit, I discovered Huxley and William B ...more
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