Jim Morrison Jesus Complex is an eye-rolling, soul-pinching psychological autopsy of the legendary Doors singer.
Jim Morrison Jesus Complex will be launched in Sydney tomorrow (Wednesday, December 8 at 7.00pm) by Dr Guy Debelle, Assistant Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia and keen Doors fan. The venue is the Captain Cook Hotel, 33 Kent Street in The Rocks.
The book is a thoroughly original treatment of the rock ‘n’ roll star who died in Paris in 1971 at the age of 27 – a long, free verse poem with a 1000-world preamble.
It explores Morrison’s investigation of primitive religion, ritual, shamanism, and his ambivalent relationship with the Jesus Christ figure.
“Jim Morrison was a rock god, a poet and a libertine –a 1960s superstar who has become a 21st Century cultural phenomenon,” Grogan said. “Even though he is long dead, he has never been more alive in the public eye than now, as we approach the 40th anniversary of his death.
“Morrison had an IQ of 159, was a borderline personality and an alcoholic. He lived on the edge but was interested in God, death and the nature of reality. That was his intellectual basis.
“The enduring fascination with Morrison’s magnetism places him in the same echelon as Marilyn Monroe. Just look at the labyrinthine sub-world of websites dedicated to Jim Morrison on the internet.”
Grogan’s lifelong interest in theology and philosophy allows him to delve into the “Satanic” Morrison persona and its ongoing manipulation at the hands of fundamentalist evangelicals.
“Jim Morrison was the St Augustine of contemporary Los Angeles around the time of the psychedelic culture,” he said.
“The aura around Morrison, even today, shows him to be much more than just a sexy rock singer. He was a spiritual investigator who forged his own brand of chemical mysticism and shamanistic ritual, to perilous extremes.”
Jim Morrison Jesus Complex is the fourth book from Grogan, one of Australia’s most versatile and original authors. Junkie Pilgrim, his first novel, won a Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction in 2004. The follow-up, Vale Byron Bay, was a critically acclaimed descent into the dark side of paradise in Australia’s famous tourist mecca. And his third novel, Heavy Allies, is the underbelly of all underbellies: the book that exposed the CIA’s role in the rise of the Australian drug trade via the notorious Nugan Hand Bank – the biggest criminal conspiracy in Australia’s history.
Jim Morrison Jesus Complex is the first title published by the new independent Australian imprint, Deep Line Books.
“I am proud to have an established writer such as Wayne Grogan to lead off this venture in conventional and eBook publishing,” Deep Line publisher Gary Martin said.
“I believe there is great potential for worldwide eBook sales of Jim Morrison Jesus Complex. This is a good time to start a new publishing venture.”
Grogan’s book is supported by the website www.jimmorrisonjesuscomplex.com. As well as download eBook sales from this site, orders can be placed for the book in attractive paperback format.
The book is also available from selected bookshops.
Deep Line Books
Deep Line Books is a new independent Australian publisher of eBooks and paperbacks.
Jim Morrison Jesus Complex is the flagship inaugural title of Deep Line Books, which welcomes manuscripts from emerging and established authors.
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