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Jim Morrison was the lead singer of the rock band "The Doors." Morrison was a mysterious, charismatic, wild, sultry character that personified the quintessential qualities of a rock star. He was a writer and poet who was inspired by the works of Friedrich Nietzsche, Jack Kerouac, Norman Mailer, and Arthur Rimbaud, all of whom share a dark, sarcastic, tortured, and controversial theme in their works. Morrison was a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). After graduation he immersed himself in the hippie/bohemian lifestyle. During that time, his fellow UCLA classmate Ray Manzarek suggested that they form a band, using Morrison's poetry and Manzarek's keyboard. They formed The Doors in 1965 with drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Kreiger. Morrison is the only performer in rock history to be arrested on stage for indecency. After Morrison's death in 1971, the band continued as a trio. The Doors released ten albums from their inception to dismemberment in 1973, and the majority of their albums reached number one on the music charts.

Morrison was found dead at the age of 27 due to a drug overdoes in 1971 while in Paris, France. He was found by his girlfriend Pamela Courson. He is buried in Paris and his grave site is reportedly the number 4 most visited sites after the Eiffel Towel, Notre Dame, and the Louvre.

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