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No One Here Gets Out Alive

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  38,250 ratings  ·  795 reviews
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 whose empathy and experience with Jim Morrison uniquely p ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 14th 2006 by Grand Central Publishing (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
Dec 16, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Feb 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Is everybody in? Is everybody in? Is everybody in? The ceremony is about to begin...
Oct 01, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Feb 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Cormac Zoso
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 early 80s. 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 ...more
J. Kahele
Apr 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: not-my-favorites
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.
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Fascinating look at The Doors and mainly front man Jim Morrison. Well written too, not just a rock biography.
Jamie Sigal
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dan O'Keefe
Jan 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography, musique

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...
Oct 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
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?
Nov 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
When I was a pre-teen I thought this is what cool was.
Jul 11, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I devoured this when it was first published in 1980. Not a huge rock fan, I was taken with Jim Morrison and his unique outlook and talent.

Being young, the Doors music was darker than what I normally listened to and I was curious to where his inspiration originated.

I can't say much about the author and writing style, except that I was riveted by Morrison's story and the inside view of how he wrote and produced his songs.
For a book a bout Jim Morrison parts of this book were surprisingly boring. I mean..I know this is considered a rock-m-roll classic and I am sure glad I read it but it is slightly overated I think.

Not much to say about this one. You kind of know what you are getting. I've read better books on Morrison and worse. This is somewhere in the middle.

Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
For all that I loved The Doors ( I remember that some of my classmates went to see them), this book seemed to lack the passion of the time. I remember that Ray Manzarek didn't much like the book either (although he disliked Oliver Stone's film even more, as I recall) but I found it interesting, at least, if a little cold. I'm looking forward to reading Greil Marcus's book, even if it's more from the point of view of a fan (And frequent concertgoer with the group) telling how a relatively few int ...more
Eric Althoff
Jan 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Josh Figueroa
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Apr 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
My friend Keith recommended this book to me when we were 13 years old. I thought it was great. Morrison was so charismatic. Because Morrison read Nietszche, I went & got the Viking Portable Nietszche & read "Thus Spake Zarathustra". And when my brother asked me what I wanted for Christmas I said "Weird Scenes Inside the Gold Mine". ...more
Jim Cherry
Jan 31, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Zach Bartell
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music
I read this book the year the Oliver Stone movie came out; but, I read the book first. Jerry Hopkins of course wrote the book on Elvis prior to this (so I am a bit confused why Denny Sugarman gets the full credit on this version.) As a kid growing up near Los Angeles CA it was something opposite to The Beach Boys to like The Doors; true fans know they had a storied history in Venice Beach. Though I appreciated the nostalgic look back on Venice Beach through the eyes of this book, I was equally s ...more
Mar 13, 2015 added it
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
Ben Donnelly
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
the Flowers in the Attic of 14 year old guys!
Think I needed to read this book when I first got it a fair few years ago. Informative enough read but the author's bias got bit too much at times.
Dan Banana
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My high school reading always had book with me, great story about a great band and the complex lead singer. Mr. Mojo lives on forever.
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