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Whoever controls the media controls the mind

Jim Morrison, AKA The Lizard King, was best known for his sonorous baritone, tight leather trousers, and poetic lyricism. Morrison was a founding member of psychedelic-rock band The Doors, whose huge hits include Light my Fire, Break on Through and The End.

Charismatic and provocative, Morrison courted controversy throughout his life, and in 1967 he became the first rockstar to be arrested live on stage. Before a concert a police officer had stumbled upon him and a fan in a shower stall; according to accounts, the officer was promptly told to “Eat it”, to which his response was a spray of mace. During the show later that night, Morrison improvised an expletive-laden song about the "little men in blue" and taunted the police who had surrounded the stage. He was arrested on charges of inciting a riot, indecency and public obscenity.

As well as an accomplished musician and songwriter, Morrison was a poet and actor, who was fascinated with literature, mythology and his own Celtic ancestry. He never officially married, although he did take part in a Wiccan handfasting ceremony with rock and jazz critic Patricia Kennealy, which she claims that he took "probably not too seriously”.

After becoming more dependant on alcohol during the 1960s, Morrison died in his Paris apartment in 1971. His gravestone in the famous Père Lachaise cemetery is inscribed in Greek: “ΚΑΤΑ ΤΟΝ ΔΑΙΜΟΝΑ ΕΑΥΤΟΥ” – “according to his own daemon”