Questions surrounding Jim Morrison’s death
Jim Morrison was a voracious reader and was inspired by philosophers and poets from a young age. He started college at Florida State University in 1962, but in 1964, he moved to Los Angeles and began studying at UCLA. In 1965, he graduated from UCLA, after completing his degree at UCLA’s film school in the Theater Arts department of the College of Fine Arts. While at UCLA, he made several short films.
After he graduated, he lived on the rooftop of the building where a friend from UCLA, Dennis Jacobs, lived. While there, Morrison wrote the lyrics to many of the early Doors songs, and according to Ray Manzarek, he lived on canned beans and LSD. He and Manzarek formed The Doors during that summer, formed the group, and joined Robby Krieger and John Densmore. They chose their name from Aldous Huxley’s book, The Doors of Perception, which was a reference to using psychedelics to unlock the doors of perception.