I completely agree. I was stunned when I went the green motel and saw where he lived for a few years! What a dump, but it fits with his non-materialistic lifestyle. That is what fascinated me too! And he never seemed as the years went on to acquire any of that "stuff", the trappings of fame. For me, it is what makes him more real and relatable.
I remember hearing the Doors songs here and there on the radio in the 80's, but I agree that not until NOHGOA came out that it blasted Jim and the Doors onto a non-stop train. It was mandatory reading at my husband's high school for his English class. Everyone had that book, it was on my parents bookcase for years. I picked it up when I was 12 and was hooked! Not until more cable exposure and then the internet did my love for the Doors/ Jim expand. Otherwise, you barely got any info on bands except for magazines back then.
Good topic! It was interesting to read everyones perspectives.