27: Jim Morrison (The 27 Club, Book 6) by Chris Salewicz

By Chris Salewicz

Jim Morrison, musician, singer and poet used to be chanced on lifeless, the sufferer of a suspected heroin overdose, in a Paris condo tub in 1971. He was once 27. Morrison used to be a skilled, charismatic, wild-tempered cultural cipher. He struggled to deal with his exalted prestige and his dying, formally from center failure, is still shrouded in secret. In 27: Jim Morrison, acclaimed track critic Chris Salewicz can pay homage to Morrison as a rock icon, while acknowledging the darkish aspect of this conflicted personality.

It is the 6th name in a sequence of specific song ebooks, an bold undertaking analyzing the perils of genius, superstar and extra.

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But when an opportunity came to leave Bengal without losing the means of living, I gladly took advantage of it. I went to Delhi, where I lived from 1942 to 1970. However, even before that long sojourn was over - in fact, by the time independence came to India in 1947 - I discovered that the speakers of Hindi were in no better predicament than we Bengalis. I even found that they were sunk deeper in decadence, for they were fossilized while we in Bengal were decomposing. Theirs was certainly a simpler state of human existence, but it did not have the simplicity on which I had reckoned.

Even in the political sphere the Bengalis were the pioneers of the modern nationalism of all Indians. However, this in itself was so disliked by the British administrators that they removed their capital from Calcutta in order to get away from it. Bengal was still more important in another sphere not less significant, which was the cultural. So far as British rule had a psychological aspect and a civilizing mission in India, its greatest achievement was seen in Bengal. That was the renovation of the culture and mental life of a people who had become almost fossilized culturally.

For these, I would record my deep sense of gratitude to these patrons of literature, and more especially in this connection I would thank Mr John Gross and Mr Victor Bonham-Carter. Hugo Brunner found to his dismay that instead of giving short measure for the money received, I gave overweight, which in these days of publication is worse than defaulting. But the present management of Chatto faced even this task, which showed not only courage, but also literary idealism. I have to thank Mrs Elsie Summers for preparing the final typescript of the book from pure friendship; Century Hutchinson Ltd for permission to quote from Rufus Isaacs by the Marquis of Reading, Eyre Methuen Ltd for permission to quote from The Life off.

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