Einstein said “God doesn’t play with dice” but did Jim Morrison? Is The End a random assortment of poetic ideas strung together for an illusion of depth or did Morrison plant some deeper, more universal messages in the lyrics?
Author David Shiang (“God Does Not Play Dice: the Fulfillment of Einstein’s Quest for Law and Order in Nature”) has some ideas. Shiang is currently working on a book about The Doors, and he has posted a few essays on a blog Weird Scenes in the Gold Mine. Shiang has also been presenting his thesis of The Doors in a presentation “Weird Scenes inside the Gold Mine: Unlocking the Hidden Treasure Behind the Music of Jim Morrison and The Doors.” The presentation is an over view of The Doors and their career but it takes a closer look at the ideas behind Doors songs especially The End. Shiang is currently working on a book of his ideas on The Doors and hopes to have it published in time for the 40th anniversary of Morrison’s death in July of 2011. The video is 58 minutes, I found it interesting and I hope you will. Shiang’s presentation is presented in its entirety below.
Read previous related articles: Previously Unreleased Jim Morrison Poem to Appear on CD, The Lost Literary Influence of Jim Morrison, Jim Morrison and Jack Kerouac Pt 1
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