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) is biography, the first published one, of American singer-songwriter Jim Morrison, lead singer and lyricist of the 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 publishers. Ten years later, the second version of the manuscript, with additional, sensationalistic content[1] added by Danny Sugerman, is the one that 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.


  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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