Beard of Action: James Douglas Morrison

Morrison“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, [shave].”

We remember Florida-born Lizard King poet-musician Morrison most often for his role as the lead singer of The Doors; but in focusing on his  spiritual aspect, as valuable as it continues to be, we may overlook the scientific value of Morrison’s contribution to Bearded Studies.  Consider this excerpt from Wikipedia:

Morrison joined Courson in Paris in March 1971…During this time, Morrison shaved his beard and lost some of the weight he had gained in the previous months.  His last studio recording was with two American street musicians—a session dismissed by Manzarek as “drunken gibberish”…Morrison died on July 3, 1971 at age 27.

Shaving, emaciation, insanity, death.  In that order.  For his selfless contribution to The Center for Beard Related Studies’ understanding of the perils of shaving, we hereby name James Douglas Morrison a laureate Beard of Action.

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3 responses to “Beard of Action: James Douglas Morrison

  1. Morrison was the reason I first grew a beard.

  2. Thinking about my beard and about Mr. Mojo Risin’ I decided to write my August 2013 Off-Topic post about it.  If you get a chance, I invite you to visit SmoothingIt.com and take a look.

    To My Beard, With Love…

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