15 things you didn’t know about Jim Morrison

Frank Lisciandro went to the UCLA film school at the same time as Jim Morrison. Lisciandro knew Morrison for six years. He saw The Doors in New York, and he caught them in their pomp on the Sunset Strip. He worked as editor on Morrison’s movie HWY: An American Pastoral, and co-directed the concert film Feast of Friends. In his new book – Jim Morrison: Friends Gathered Together – he collates thirteen in-depth interviews with some of Morrison’s less famous friends: manager Bill Siddons, and his wife, road manager Vince Treanor, close friends like Babe Hill, and Morrison’s girlfriend Eva Gardonyi amongst them, each offering a different perspective on the Lizard King.

He coulda been killed by his asthma

Morrison suffered from asthma and took a prescribed drug called Marax, via an inhaler, which has subsequently been banned in the USA since it was decided that taking it in conjunction with alcohol could result in death. Pamela Courson told Gardonyi that Jim’s asthma “was somehow connected with his heart. Rheumatic heart? Maybe. That’s what the doctor was saying.”

He was a bit of a lech

Jim’s favourite hang out was a go-go club called The Phone Booth, where he and pal Tom Baker liked to chat to the strippers and lift up their skirts. Girlfriend Eva used to tag along to help pick up girls: “Tom and Jim would lift their skirts and do something silly and they would be mirthful about it and laugh and slap each other’s back a couple of times and then go on to another place to get a couple of drinks.”

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