thru '69 it seemed to be as much a curse as a needed component to rise to the station he & the band did.
to use a boxing analogy, Jim wouldve been greatly helped if he had his own angelo dundee. an elder who been thru the some of the same ropes, got thru them & could balance a real domestic life. Even now, that seems so scarce in this particular field of entertainment arts.
On page 57 in the John's new book, The Doors Unhinged, he says "I was worried about Jim as a friend who was drinking too much and it took me a year to convince Ray that we needed to stop performing because Jim was destroying himself." Then he goes on to say that 10 months later Jim had his break down in New Orleans.
You know it was a run away train and it took something so dire as his break down in New Orleans for them to stop touring.
I am still reading the book......but what a thing to read that Ray kept cracking the whip.
Edited by Texasky, 20 May 2013 - 03:54 PM.