Jim Morrison, PBS Studios
New York City, 1969 (BW11)

In the last years of his life, Jim stopped trying to fill the media’s image of a pop star. He changed, he put on weight, grew a beard, shaved it off and grew it back again. He didn’t necessarily change his colors to melt into the environment although many of his contem-poraries and friends were bearded. Jim changed on the outside because he didn’t need to be a pop star anymore; he was done with that life experience and ready to move on. It was this transition into James Douglas Morrison, Poet, that confused and even alienated some of his fans. They expected him to remain as he was forever. For Jim (for anyone!) that would have been as intolerable as wearing a mask to a fete, and never being able to remove it.