Photo by Georgio Pepperoni
PARIS MOJO

Visual history of Jim Morrison’s grave

Background

Born on December 8, 1943, Jim Morrison died in Paris on July 3, 1971 at the age of 27. Jim was buried in Division 6 in Père Lachaise cemetery on July 7. In attendance at the burial were Jim’s girlfriend Pamela Courson, Doors manager Bill Siddons, Jim’s friends, Agnès Varda and Alain Ronay, and Jim’s secretary, Robin Wertle.

The Ghost of Jim Morrison

The year is 1974. Capitol Records releases a single "Black Magic, White Magic" along with liner notes stating the band consists of Drummer X, Bassist Y, and Keyboardist Z, with vocals and music written by "The Phantom." This album would soon cause a whirlwind of conspiracy theories which still circulate today. The album, Phantom’s Divine Comedy Pt 1 was released three years after the passing of Jim Morrison, although the music and vocals sounded so much like The Doors, it gives one chills. Jim Morrison died under mysterious circumstances, at the age of 27, of a heroin overdose in Le Marais, Paris. An autopsy was never conducted, causing the speculation of his death being a hoax to spread among his fans like a wildfire.

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UPROXX

John Densmore Looks Back On The Doors’ Iconic Concert At The 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival

Listen To This Eddie is a weekly column that examines the important people and events in the classic rock canon and how they continue to impact the world of popular music.

600,000 people. That was the size of the crowd the Doors faced down at 2 AM on Saturday, August 29, 1970. The LA rockers were booked to perform in the middle of the last great rock festival of the Woodstock/Altamont/Monterey Pop-era, alongside the likes of the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Sly and The Family Stone, and Leonard Cohen to name just a few. Though they played shrouded in a near-incomprehensible darkness, bathed in an ominous red hue, The Doors knocked it out of the park, putting together an hour-long set that serves as a dramatic final capstone to their touring career.

Jim Morrison predicted EDM in 1969

In 1969, Jim Morrison gave a series of interviews over a week to Rolling Stone scribe Jerry Hopkins, which became the most detailed and illuminating profile of the star published during his short life.

TVOVERMIND

Five Things You Didn’t Know About the Day of The Doors Celebration

Judy Greenlees (TVOvermind) | January 10, 2018

There are plenty of streets in Los Angeles. But, there are only two named for The Doors legendary John Densmore and Jim Morrison. Los Angeles was the place where The Doors came to be in 1965. The influential rock band is truly one of the best to emerge from the huge megalopolis. It’s also typical of Los Angeles that streets are ubiquitous. Los Angelenos appreciate their functionality, and normally elevate them to places of honor when they develop the regular reputation for easier or faster access to or from someplace. With literally thousands of streets in use daily, it always seems a bit quirky when one is singled out to commemorate something truly special.

The Day of The Doors was first held in Los Angeles in 2017.

For drummer John Densmore, a native of Los Angeles, and lead singer Jim Morrison, something even quirkier happened. Los Angeles city officials declared January 4, 2017 as Day of The Doors, and they held a celebration in Venice, where The Doors first formed.

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John Densmore shows the new street sign during the second annual ‘Day Of The Doors’ event in Encino, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018.
LIVE TRIB

Meet at the Corner of Morrison Street and Densmore Avenue to Honor The Doors

The Associated Press (Trib Live, Jan 5, 2018)

As the drummer for the Doors, John Densmore's name has been inexorably linked with that of lead singer Jim Morrison's for more than half a century.

Now those names are connected by signs as well, on a street not far from where the seminal rock band, arguably Los Angeles' greatest, was formed in 1965.

On Thursday, the second anniversary of LA's annual Day of the Doors celebration, Densmore gathered with dozens of friends, family and fans to unveil a pair of street sign informing motorists they have just arrived at the corner of Morrison Street and Densmore Avenue.

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American rock group The Doors, from left to right: Jim Morrison (singer), Ray Manzarek (organist), Robby Krieger (guitarist), and John Densmore (drummer), posed for publicity photos for the album WAITING FOR THE SUN in the Santa Monica Mountains in Santa Monica, California in spring 1968. Photo by Paul Ferrara.
LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS

The Ethos of “Cool”: Robert Harrison on Jim Morrison and The Doors

THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY ENTITLED OPINIONS AND PUBLISHED BY LOS ANGELES REVIEW OF BOOKS ON JANUARY 5, 2018.

Fifty years ago, the award-winning album The Doors was released into the world—a landmark debut for what would become L.A.’s biggest band. The Doors and its lead singer Jim Morrison have few champions as articulate and passionate as Entitled Opinions host Robert Pogue Harrison, who interprets the band’s legacy in this podcast.