Last week was Jim’s Birthday and, as always, we celebrated it with unusual posts and positivity. This post is a bit different… We’ll look for your reactions and comments to see if we should include these kinds of observations and memories in our remembrances.

So… No question that you know David Crosby… singer-songwriter (Byrds, C,S & N) – his thought was that Jim had a sublimated masochism. Your thought?

“I had dropped acid with a guy who had worked for the Byrds as our equipment tech. The two of us drove down to the Strip in his VW van because we thought it was a good idea to go see some live music at the Whisky. Jim Morrison was there and Morrison, as far as I could tell, had a masochistic bent; he sublimated it. He’d go out and get monumentally trashed—and pick a fight with someone who would beat him up. He did it repeatedly…I’m wearing sunglasses because I’m thoroughly dosed and the lights of the clubs on the Strip need deamplification before they hit my retina. Morrison comes over to where I’m standing in the back. He attacks us, actually jumps at us, saying to me as he does, “You can’t hide behind those shades.”…

from Long Time Gone: The Autobiography of David Crosby, by David Crosby with Carl Gottlieb (Doubleday, 1988)
Provided by Dana Cook, Contributor to the Los Angeles Free Press.