I can't say that I ever really connected with Jim Morrison. Sure, I appreciated the fact that he was a fan of French Symbolist poets, but there was something about him that felt, well, pretentious. It also felt like he was his own biggest fan, while carefully constructing a legend that somehow lasts to today. The only song I particularly cared for was "Riders on the Storm," more because of the tune and what Ray Manzarek managed to do with his Fender piano than the scattershot lyrics. And yet that legend lives on.
This article suggests a nice contrast between Morrison and his father, an admiral who seemed to have trouble dealing with the legacy of his son. The contrast is jarring, between someone who was involved in the disputed Gulf of Tonkin incident and the man who sang "Peace Frog." Anyway, to a certain extent the 60's belonged to the Morrisons, so check it out here.