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The sixties was a time of major political and social change in the western world These changes were mainly driven by the youth of the time Their parents had come from life in both the great depression of the early thirties as well as World War II and were on a whole more conservative than their children which the younger generation mostly refuted In the early sixties the electronic media such as Television and radio became an important communication tool in contrast to the largely print based media of previous decades With changes came a deep increase in the exchange of knowledge ideas and information which triggered a generation to become much more active in politics and other affairs affecting them than what the previous generations would have been The youth culture meant to change all of the contradictions that remained unchanged from their parents culture Although illustrations of this shift for change and progress included politics religion class struggle racial issues and the Vietnam War the area in which this change was most visible was in the arena of popular music which too had become a tool for the communication of ideas James Douglas aka Jim Morrison was born in Melbourne Florida on December 8t 1943 He was the son of a Rear-Admiral whose father grandfather and family all had lifetime careers in the Navy This suggests a strict and militaristic upbringing with the assumption being that the young Morrison would be a career Navy officer like his ancestors Obviously Morrison came from the kind of household that the youth culture was rebelling against Perhaps this was one of the causes of Morrisons open rebellion When he had finished school he moved to California where he enrolled in the theatre department of the University College of Los Angeles UCLA and hoped to become a movie director It was here that he met Raymond Ray Manzarek who was also a student of the film school
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