No One Here Gets Out Alive

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No One Here Gets Out Alive
AuthorsJerry Hopkins
Danny Sugerman
CountryUnited States
SubjectJim Morrison
Publication date
Media typePrint

No One Here Gets Out Alive (1980) was the first biography of Jim Morrison, lead singer and lyricist of the L.A. rock band The Doors.

Published nearly a decade after Morrison's death by journalist Jerry Hopkins, the first draft was written solely by Hopkins, based on an extensive interview with Morrison. But attempts to find a publisher, during the years when the Doors were no longer popular, met with rejections from all major publishing houses. Ten years later, the second version of the manuscript, with additional, sensationalistic content[1] added by Danny Sugerman, was what made it into publication.[2]

Taking its title from the Doors song "Five to One", the book is divided into three sections: The Bow is Drawn, The Arrow Flies and The Arrow Falls, for the early years of Morrison's life, his rise to fame with the Doors, and then his final years and death.

A companion video was made featuring interviews with the surviving members of The Doors, Hopkins, Sugerman and Paul Rothchild among others. It includes some rare footage and was the first video released by the band. It helped rekindle interest in the Doors by allowing fans that were too young or unable to remember, to see The Doors in action.

The book's publication, following the 1978 release of Morrison's posthumous spoken word album (with music by The Doors) An American Prayer, the prominent use of Doors music on the 1979 soundtrack for the film Apocalypse Now, and the 1980 release of the band's Greatest Hits album, all combined to bring the Doors and Morrison back into the popular culture.


  1. ^ Such as Sugerman's baseless suggestion that Morrison had faked his own death, and other speculations. Sugerman had begun working as an assistant in the Doors office at the age of 13 and was the manager for the remaining members after Morrison died.
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