Tag Archives: Jim Morrison

Roi Lézard

On July 3rd we observed the 47th anniversary of the death of Jim Morrison. We still care about Morrison because he lead the greatest American rock band of all time, and because he was also a gifted poet and a lyrical filmmaker. Even folks who’d disagree with all of those points would have to concede [...]

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40 Years Of An American Prayer And Jim Morrison’s Lost Paris Tapes

Across the days that marked the overlap from the 1960s to the 1970s Jim Morrison recorded the poetry readings that would eventually be featured on the 1978 release An American Prayer. This year we’re celebrating 40 years since the album’s 1978 debut, but the project has always been a difficult one for fans of the [...]

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Lust 40

2017 marks 40 years since the release of Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life. Including the classic title song and the evergreen “Passenger,” the album also features the dark romance of “Tonight” and the jailbait jam, “Sixteen.” I’ve always loved this album as it’s probably the best example of the massive influence that Jim Morrison had [...]

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Go Rimbaud

So I found an interesting article at Please Kill Me yesterday. It seems that poet/rocker Patti Smith may have bought the childhood home of French poet Arthur Rimbaud. Along with Jim Morrison and William S. Burroughs, Rimbaud is one of Smith’s great heroes — her song “Land” from her classic album, Horses, features the singalong [...]

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Open To Doors

After all of these Halloween posts I’ve been posting I was at a loss at what to write about on Halloween night. I looked at a bunch of places that inspire these posts before remembering this documentary about The Doors. I’m not sure if I’m part of a counterculture or if I share genes with [...]

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Strange Days

50 years ago, in Venice Beach, California over a long summer stretching into fall and winter and a new year, Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek take the first steps to put together a new band that would fuse electric blues, classical music, jazz and Spanish flamenco guitar music to poetic lyrics that recalled the writings [...]

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Feast of Friends

While on tour in 1968, The Doors took it upon themselves to create their own documentary of their life as a band. At first glance it sounds like a good idea — Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek met as film students at USC, and The Doors’ photographer, Paul Ferrara, was deployed as cameraman, crew chief [...]

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Jim Morrison’s HWY

45 years ago, in the summer of 1969, Jim Morrison shot his experimental film HWY in Los Angeles and in the Mojave Desert. Morrison had hitchhiked hundreds of miles in his younger days as a college student and the thumbs-up locomotion of the protagonist (played by Morrison) at the center of HWY finds the director/actor [...]

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