L.A. Woman And The Last Days Of Jim Morrison

In the early summer of 2009 I commissioned Max Bell to write a feature on LA Woman and The Death of Jim Morrison. My plan was to lean heavily on the LA Woman story – interview band members and get a proper breakdown of the Doors’ last album – and to balance that with a look at the theories around Morrison’s death.

The singer’s death was shrouded in bullshit. The usual guff: he’d been murdered. He was still alive. The CIA were involved. Most recently, a guy called Sam Bernett had released a book in France claiming that Morrison hadn’t died in a bathtub but in the nightclub Bernett ran at the time.

Neither Max or I believed this, but we thought it’d be interesting to explore. Max knew Morrison’s friends in Paris, and more people worth tracking down: Agnes Varda, a film maker friend of Jim’s who had never spoken about his time in Paris, a photographer called Patrick Chauvel who had apparently also witnessed Morrison’s body being removed from the nightclub.

Deadline loomed – the feature was really good. And then death came along and changed everything.

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