The Doors “Morrison Hotel” Album Cover

The Morrison Hotel location today.
The Morrison Hotel location today.

The cover of The Door’s 1970 album, Morrison Hotel, was shot by photographer Henry Diltz through the window of this transient hotel in Los Angeles. The location was ‘discovered’ by Ray Manzarek and his wife a few days before the shoot. When the group returned with Diltz and approached the desk clerk about taking photos inside the building, they were turned down. So Diltz took several shots of the group outside the building. Eventually the clerk took a break and the group was able to sneak in and take their places inside the window for what would end up as the album cover. Today the hotel sits vacant and is near the Staples Center.

After the photo shoot, the group traveled north to get a beer and came across a bar called the Hard Rock Café. A photo of the bar would serve as the back album cover and a few years later a restaurant chain would take it’s name from this album.

Required Listening:

Roadhouse Blues
You Make Me Real
Waiting For The Sun
Peace Frog
Ship Of Fools

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