Doors history: Thee Experience where Jim Morrison hung out (part 1)

Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, onstage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California on July 5,1968. Photo by Henry Diltz.
Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, onstage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California on July 5,1968. Photo by Henry Diltz.

After the Doors had tasted success, Hollywood was Jim Morrison’s playground. The Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, which launched the band, showcased all the important groups with label backing. After the Doors had outgrown clubs, Morrison had carte blanche at the Whisky; his star cachet was his gold card. Occasionally he’d perform, but most of the time he just got drunk and abused the people around him. 

In 1969, he was one of the notables who might be glimpsed at Thee Experience, the last psychedelic rock club in Hollywood. Situated farther east than the fabled Sunset Strip, at the shabby corner of Sunset Boulevard at Sierra Bonita Avenue, its brief life fit neatly within the year 1969. From March to December the club booked second-drawer bands, though some were memorable: Flying Burrito Brothers, Alice Cooper, Poco, Buddy Miles Express, Blues Image, T-Rex and the Bonzo Dog Band. John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Albert Collins, Big Mama Thornton and Slim Harpo gave a blues profile to Thee Experience that was unique to Hollywood.

But the bands were almost superfluous. What drew people to the club were the superstars who came to jam and party. Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Jagger and Richards, Janis Joplin, Spencer Davis, Carlos Santana, Frank Zappa, Jorma and Jack of the Jefferson Airplane, Jerry Garcia, Captain Beefheart, and Booker T were just some of the rock royalty who dropped in. English musicians, in particular, loved the place: English breakfasts were served to them in the wee hours when the doors were closed.

Marshall Brevetz was the heart and soul of Thee Experience. The 29-year old ex-Marine had been Miami’s biggest rock impresario, where he helmed Thee Club and the Miami Pop Festival. Looking like a pot-bellied Larry of the Three-Stooges, Brevetz kept the club alive through wheeling and dealing. He catered to the whims of his star clientele, hoping that it would eventually boost his bottom line. It never did.

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