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Words by Mr Mansel Fletcher

Mr Morrison, the son of a naval officer, was born in Florida in December 1943. He laid great emphasis on a car crash he witnessed at the age of four, in which a group of Native Americans were injured. While the severity of the accident remains a subject of debate, what's clear is the impact it had on Mr Morrison. His appetite for oversized concho belts, fringed suede jackets and loopy mysticism presumably related back to that accident.

The lessons we draw from Mr Morrison's style, given that leather trousers and Native American belts are hard to work into a 21st century wardrobe, are plenty: aviator shades go well with wild hair, denim shirts are always a good casual option, beards make you look older than you really are, black polo shirts persist and, hard though it is to imagine now, long hair can look cool. A new exhibition in London provides a good opportunity to study the details that defined Mr Morrison's image.

In 1962 he was a student at Florida State University in Tallahassee, when he exhibited his nascent rebellious streak and was arrested for a drunken prank, and by 1964 he was a film student living in Los Angeles' Venice Beach. Mr Morrison and keyboard player Mr Ray Manzarek founded The Doors in 1965, with drummer Mr John Densmore and guitarist Mr Robby Krieger, and the band signed a recording contract with Elektra Records the following summer. They reached number one with their second single, 'Light My Fire', in 1967.

The Doors released six studio albums during Mr Morrison's lifetime, and by April 1971, when the last of them, LA Woman, came out, the future of the band appeared to be in doubt. It was in this atmosphere, in the spring of 1971, that Mr Morrison moved to Paris with his girlfriend Ms Pamela Courson. He died of a drug overdose on the 3rd of July.

The Doors of Perception, an exhibition at London's Proud Camden gallery,
opens on the 23rd of June. proud.co.uk

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