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Jim Morrison: Friends Gathered Together (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Frank Lisciandro , Steven Wheeler

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Jim Morrison… We know the stories, but does anyone know the real man? If you don’t know where the truth ends and the fiction begins, you’re not alone. Lies, myths, rumors and tall tales spread by people who didn’t know him have masked Jim Morrison and clouded what he accomplished.

Fearing that the original, actual real Jim would become hopelessly lost, Frank Lisciandro, Jim’s friend and film collaborator, gathered together more than a dozen of Morrison’s friends for a series of conversations and interviews. In the transcripts of these talks Jim Morrison is candidly brought to light by the people who knew him, who were his pals, colleagues, mentors and lovers. Jim Morrison: Friends Gathered Together confronts and sweeps away the fantasy to illuminate an extraordinary man and gifted creative artist.

A quote from the book:

"To call him a rock star is just a total insult to him and his intelligence and his awareness and this philosophy that was inside of him. His life was a philosophy. He didn’t tell people what they have to do, he just did it himself. He just put it all out there."– Ron Alan

The conversations covered a multitude of topics and events. The people who share their stories were themselves active participants in the West Coast music scene: musicians, concert promoters, publicists and band managers. Readers will discover funny stories, secrets revealed and truths more astounding than the fabrications published during and after Morrison’s life.

Another quote from the book:

“I loved Jim when he would get an idea, he'd say, ‘Uh oh, I think I'm getting a cerebral erection’. And then he'd hold his hands to his head because he had a new idea for a poem or song and then laugh about it. It was the laughter that followed that was wonderful.”– Leon Barnard

From his first year in high school and his student days at UCLA to the formation of The Doors and his rise to fame, this book weaves an amazing tapestry of honest information about Morrison the poet, the brilliant lyricist, and the iconic singer and performer of The Doors. The book is a treat for Jim’s fans worldwide and for curious readers who want to know the true Jim Morrison story. The conversations also offer a unique oral history of the restless and turbulent Sixties when L.A.’s Sunset Strip was the focus of a cultural renaissance and musical revolution.

The book contains more than 50 original Frank Lisciandro photographs, many never published before.

More quotes from the book:

"Jim was totally not interested in the economic aspect of his career. I never met anybody like Jim. He was seemingly disconnected with the meaning of money. He truly had no interest in physical possessions." – Bill Siddons

“The biographers seem to have lost Jim’s sense of humor. I can’t impress upon you enough that it was always there….He was the funniest human being I ever met. Simply that, the funniest human being I ever met.” – Fud Ford

"A few weeks before he left for Paris, I organized a (touch) football game. Jim was relentless in his pursuit of my brother, who was the opposing quarterback. Jim would go diving after him and hit the ground, and get up and chase him again. I remember him going, ‘Boy, that guy’s really squirmy, isn’t he?’ I remember Jim’s enthusiasm that day. He just didn’t quit.” .” – Rich Linnell

"Sometimes when I was typing his poems, I’d come across a word and I’d ask him, 'What does this mean?’ And he would give me the history of the word. What was the antecedents of that word, epistemology. So I would have an idea what that word meant in time and space. He had that kind of knowledge.” – Kathy Lisciandro

Biographie de l'auteur

Frank Lisciandro is a documentary filmmaker and photographer. He attended the UCLA Film School with Jim Morrison and Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek, and later collaborated with Morrison on his two films—Feast of Friends and HWY. A close friend and confidante of Jim, he was the co-producer of the Grammy-nominated album, An American Prayer, which featured Morrison’s spoken word poetry with musical backing by the three surviving Doors. In 1982, he released his first photo book, An Hour for Magic, which featured more than 100 photos and personal anecdotes about his work, travels and friendship with Morrison. In the late Eighties, on behalf of the Morrison Estate, Lisciandro went through the vaults containing Morrison’s personal writings and co-edited two volumes of previously unreleased Morrison poetry for Villard Books: Wilderness (1989) and The American Night (1990). Lisciandro has made more than 25 documentary films and shown his photographs in the USA, Canada, England, France and Italy.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 5804 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 393 pages
  • Editeur : Vision Words & Wonder (11 février 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00IDW2L90
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Amazon.com: 4.8 étoiles sur 5  44 commentaires
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Absolutely Essential 25 janvier 2014
Par Jym Cherry - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
The perennial question for those who knew Jim Morrison is “what was he like?” Jim’s friends along with The Doors have spent a lifetime answering that question and in “Jim Morrison: Friends Gathered Together” Frank Lisciandro succeeds magnificently in answering that question and presenting the many facets of Jim Morrison.

In the spring and summer of 1990 Lisciandro, a film school friend of Jim Morrison and Ray Manazarek as well as editor for The Doors documentary “Feast of Friends” and collaborator on Morrison’s film “HWY,” endeavored to talk with and interview on the record Jim Morrison’s friends. These are the interviews that comprise “Jim Morrison: Friends Gathered Together.”

The interviews in “Friends Gathered Together” were also the raw material for Lisciandro’s 1991 book on Morrison “Feast of Friends.” The question has come up how “Friends Gathered Together” differs from Lisciandro’s ‘91 book? The answer is, “Feast of Friends” is only 178 pages while “Friends Gathered Together” is 376 pages. The interviews in “Friends Gathered Together” are the full, unabridged, unexpurgated (slightly edited, by journalist Steven Wheeler) interviews conducted by Lisciandro in 1991.

Many books mention the different aspects of Jim Morrison, but “Friends Gathered Together,” through the differing viewpoints of the interviewees the reader is able to see the habits, temperament, and eccentricities of Jim Morrison. If you want some insight into Morrison’s personality read the interviews with Phil O’Leno and Rich Linnell, if you want to know what the Sunset Strip scene was like in the 60’s read Ron Alan’s interview, if you’re looking for Jim Morrison, the poet, read Michael McClure’s, what was Pam Courson like on coming back from Paris after Morrison’s death read the interview with Cheri Siddons, what was Jim like as a lover, read the interview with Eva Gardonyi. That’s not to say the interviews aren’t multidimensional, you will find elements of all in every interview, and it is through the commonalties in their reports the reader can bring the picture of Jim Morrison into closer focus.

“Jim Morrison: Friends Gathered Together” is a great reference book for any Doors/Jim Morrison fan. The look into Jim Morrison‘s personality and life is unparalleled. The interviews are annotated with dates of events that the interviewees’ memories are weak on. I’m sure “Jim Morrison: Friends Gathered Together” is a book that will be kept close by and referenced regularly.

Jim Cherry writes The Doors Examiner.
13 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 ...the best book about Jim Morrison 27 janvier 2014
Par jlo - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
This book is a collection of conversations that Frank Liciandro had with friends and colleagues of Jim Morrison.

These accounts illustrate who this man was -- warts and all. One topic discussed time and time again is his amazing sense of humor -- something that is probably not associated with Jim Morrison. These stories describe a man who is the polar opposite of the lunatic portrayed in the Oliver Stone movie. This book is a must read for someone who wants to try to understand this amazingly talented person and have an insight into what made him tick; from people who were there and who were witness to both Jim Morrison's history and the history of the 60s and early 70s.

It is the best book I've read about Jim Morrison because it contains the words of people who do not have anything to gain by clouding what happened with sensational stories. The conversations feel like those between friends, fondly reminiscing about the past. Every one of these conversations is interesting to read.

Finally, a REAL glimpse into who this talented poet, artist and singer was.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Legitimate, Definitive Book on Jim Morrison 2 février 2014
Par Brad Durham - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Jim Morrison’s writings have had a profound impact on my thinking. When I first heard AN AMERICAN PRAYER in 1978, I knew Morrison was more than a rock star. For decades, books and films have offered confusing and misleading information about the poet, singer, and filmmaker. “Jim Morrison: Friends Gathered Together,” a book by Morrison’s friend and colleague Frank Lisciandro, finally offers a clear and definitive portrait of Jim Morrison. It is a necessary read that helps resolve the past distortions and assaults on Jim Morrison’s legacy.

Frank Lisciandro has gone into the vaults and given the reader an unabridged look at Jim Morrison from those who actually knew him. These memories are not forty-something years old. The friends' stories were first revealed in an abridged form in a book Lisciandro published in 1991. The full and complete versions of their stories bring more focus and clarity to the picture of Jim Morrison the person than anything else I have read. (And I believe I have read virtually all of the books and articles.)

“Jim Morrison: Friends Gathered Together” answers the question, “what was Jim Morrison really like?” For people like me, who have spent long decades cross-referencing books and films in a search for the real Jim Morrison, this ground-breaking book is revealing and reassuring. Yes, Jim Morrison was more than a rock star. Lisciandro allows the people who knew him best to tell you who he really was.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Jim Morrison up front and personal 1 avril 2014
Par Beth Taylor - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
i liked that by the end of the book I felt I had hung around with Jim for a little while. Doesn't get much better than that.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Frank Liscandro is known as one of Morrison's best friends in the last year of his life 19 novembre 2014
Par WorldTravelr - Publié sur Amazon.com
This is an interesting book. While the person who wrote it, Frank Liscandro is known as one of Morrison's best friends in the last year of his life ... I think that the author glosses over the fact that he himself was not a very positive force in the saga of the life and death of Jim Morrison. I think Frank was someone that Morrison liked hanging out with in his drunkest days due to a shared 'Russian Roulette' sort of lifestyle. But not a true friend. Another 'tales of Jim Morrison' author, John Densmore after Jim's death suddenly became one of the misty melancholy rememberers of Morrison as a friend even though the two actually hated each other in life. Beyond that connundrum, I think this book captures Jim Morrison as a person by interviewing his aquantences from his grade school days through to those around him at the end.

The stories are written in a magazine interview type of format so this is a quick read. My biggest critique of this book is that it is essentially almost an exact reprint of a book of these interviews Lisciandro wrote in the 1990s. A few more photos and bigger pieces of the interviews made it to this book but anyone who read the original book would likely not get much more out of this one. Which is a shame because instead of interviewing a few new people, Lisciandro took the easy road and 'fine tuned' a lot of the old stuff.

The second biggest critique of the book is that it is a collection of interviews which often contradict themselves when it comes to Jim Morrison information. Some interviews say one thing about Jim, while others say the exact opposite thing. Not the author's fault at all ... but it does show how everything written about Jim Morrison posthumously is pretty much open to interpretation.

You will glean some facts about Morrison's life that other books don't offer. (What kind of things Jim drank and how much. What type of clothing Jim wore. etc.) But you won't walk away with a clear idea of who Jim Morrison was. In fact, just the opposite. After hearing so many conflicting things from people who spent a lot of time with the man, you almost wonder if anyone truly knew who he was. One theme that the author weaves in (almost as if he realizes this contradiction is coming up in the interviews) is the theory that Jim was a chameleon who acted differently with different people.

A few really interesting revelations come from the woman who Morrison slept with and moved in with him after Pamela left for Europe. That was one of the most interesting interviews. I also thought it was interesting all the stories about how Morrison used to flirt with disaster. Driving his car drunk through narrow allyways, walking on high ledges of tall buildings with no safety mechanisms and running full speed through moving traffic without stopping just for the rush.

Jim Morrison was a truly fascinating person and although Frank Lisciandro is not the best interviewer, this book offers a lot of interesting insights into things people saw Jim Morrison do and how he interacted with them. I doubt anyone will ever know what was going on in Jim's head. He was probably slightly insane in a 'mad genius' sort of way. But these interviews were an easy read and the book was entertaining and left you wanting more. (unless you have already read the previous version.)

Any Doors or Jim Morrison fan will benefit from reading this book but I think No One Here Gets Out Alive is still the best Doors book out there. Ray M.'s biography also was pretty groovy.
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