Opening the Doors of Perception: Oliver Stone and Val Kilmer at Laurel Canyon

Val Kilmer, Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone wrote and directed the 1991 movie The Doors, which starred Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison. Paul Rothchild, who was the producer of the original band’s music, personally selected Kilmer. Stone was familiar with Kilmer from doing theater productions with Sean Penn at 17 at Juilliard. Kilmer, Penn, and Kevin Bacon were in the theater production the “Stab Boys.”

The Doors was partially filmed at Laurel Canyon. The Canyon was not only a neighborhood where military brats turned into rockstars, but it was a military facility that manufactured culture. It was the cultural nerve center in the 1960s.

ABC7 Reported on September 7, 2011:

Out of the tumultuous 1960s, a new consciousness formed among the youth of the time. Holding fast to the belief that peace and love could change the world, hippies sprouted throughout Laurel Canyon – a woodsy, mountainous area in Los Angeles that connects the San Fernando Valley on one side of the hill, to the Sunset Strip on the other. It was the perfect breeding ground for up-and-coming musicians as it was inexpensive to live there (about $100 would rent you a pretty great house at the top of Kirkwood) and the heart of the music world, the Sunset Strip, was only a thumb ride down the hill.

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