Controversial lead singer Jim Morrison of The Doors might be best known for his moody voice and bare-chested “heroin chic” rock star vibes but judging from a 60s/70s era interview with Village Voice writer Howard Smith it took a “Soul Kitchen” to truly “light his fire.”
Online PBS series Blank on Blank animates audio interviews between artists and journalists of yesteryear, giving life to old words.
Their most recent endeavor features Morrison asking for a sandwich or “chicken delight” at the beginning of the interview and saying “fat is beautiful.”
Here’s an incomplete transcript:
“You know, that’s something that really bothers me. What’s wrong with being fat? That’s what I want to know. Why is it so onerous to be fat? I don’t see anything wrong with fat. You know? I remember when I used to weigh 185 pounds. I was the same height that I now am: 185 pounds.”
“And I was going to college, and I had this food ticket at the cafeteria. And the cafeteria food is mainly all based on starch. You know, it’s cheap food, right? And so I don’t know what it was — I just felt like if you missed your meal, I figured, well, I was getting screwed, right? if I missed a meal, I just blew it. So I’d get up at 6:30 every morning just to make breakfast. Eggs and grits and sausages and toast. Milk. Then I’d go do a few classes and I’d make it in there for lunch. Mashed potatoes, ahh. Every now and then, they’d put a little piece of meat in something, you know? And then I’d go to a few more classes and then I’d go to dinner and it was more mashed potatoes.”
“And so about three months later, I was 185 pounds, and you know what? I felt so great. I felt like a tank, you know? I felt like a large mammal, a big beast. When I’d move through the corridors or across the lawn, I just feel like I could knock anybody out of my way. I was solid, man. It’s terrible to be thin and wispy because, you know, you’d get knocked over by a strong wind or something. Fat is beautiful.”
In an era where obesity is prevalent, was Morrison’s addictive attitude–towards food and drugs–a precursor to our current generation of eaters?
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles