, the lead singer of the Doors
, aspired to cross over into another artistic medium.
In a massive anthology of his writings, which will be released on June 8, the late rock 'n' roll icon strongly hinted that he would retire from music
and transition into filmmaking.
His sister, Anne Morrison Chewning, compiled his poems, journal entries, and book
proposals for "The Collected Works Of Jim Morrison."
According to The Daily Beast, her brother saw his 1970 Miami trial
for indecent exposure at a concert as a watershed moment. “The joy of performing has ended,” the frontman wrote at the time in a note Chewning discovered. “Joy of films is pleasure of writing.”
Morrison appeared to be contemplating his departure from the legendary band in order to work behind the camera.
“End with fond farewell & future plans—not an actor, writer-filmmaker,” he wrote, “Which of my cellves [sic] will be remembered. Goodbye America, I loved you.”
Chewning told The Daily Beast that the trial drove the "Touch Me" singer to "seek solace" in Paris. "He actually said, 'Maybe I was ready to be done,'" she said. "He was quite drunk and who knows what he was saying, but he said himself, 'Maybe I wanted this to happen, so I could be done for a while.'"
Morrison, 27, died on July 3, 1971, in Paris, of what was thought to be heart failure caused by a heroin overdose.
In 1993, The Doors were elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame