duminică, 21 noiembrie 2010

Jim Morrison Handwritten

This was apparently written by Jim in June 1971 whilst in Paris and was featured on e-bay as the last poetry he wrote....what truth there is in this I have no way of knowing. It is certainly a different notebook from the Paris Journal butI am sure Jim had lots of books he was writing in at the time

Soon They will be here
O gentle listener, soon

I write these words in
The narrow privacy of my cell
To a Mexican girl

Jailer, I hear your keys
Dangling & clamouring
In the long hallway

Great Hiway
along the great ocean
I can give you a ride
a little further up the line

Toward the city

The universe, one line is a
long snake & we each are
facets on its jewelled skin
It moves inexorably, slowly
Winding peristaltic intestinal
Phallic orgasmic ass-wiggling
Slow. Fuck shit piss till
The skin of the dead beast
Shivers in hair raising waves
of love. Die brute. Claim
your world. Join the snake
on its slow journey

The eye of the pilot plane screams mute cloudly
the head jet
sensing the city. Streak
to the stars

But old snake moves & god
rolls slow in its progress
around to the end. If he
bites his own tail the earth will be born

jerk bait scrotum inc

but don't leave you stranded
on some foreign shore
crying aloud
asking for more

jerks, bats, baits

glorious sexual cool
I'm finally dead

Hey monkey
Wipe your nose
You're poisoned w/ books

all the poets
Trapped, lost, stone dead
in the dog-shit caverns of
The past (pagoda’s, temples)

We, truly, are alive

Man is defined by language
I talk, I am
All ideas can be reduced to shit
Not so words, & their combinations
The great philosophers are the great

And the mathematicians
Poetry has a harmony &
majesty which cannot ever
be denied

I must apologise for my unintentional mistake. I was rather tired and run down from getting back from Paris when I typed the post and did not realise till Noras post what I had actually said. Oops my mistake.
The notebook was NOT sold on ebay and IS without doubt one of Jim's notebooks.
It was left in a Paris flat along with his 1969 poetry session and the tape of what has (in my view) been wrongly identified as The Last Paris Tape which consisted of a 15 minute drunken session with Jim and two unknown people.
It was sold via auction TWICE first in 2001 and then in 2006. Initially by Philippe Dalecky who claimed he was GIVEN the notebook and tapes by Jim Morrison. Of course the only person who can contradict Daleckys account is dead and its my belief that Dalecky on hearing Morrison was dead just kept the bag with the tapes and notebook with a view to profiting from it later...which he did.

We discussed this before on this thread

This is a page from the 2001 Moments In Time sale

EXACT same page from 2006 Cooper Owen Sale

Some other views of the notebook from Cooper Owen Auction.....

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A member of the auction house staff shows off a handwritten notebook from US rockstar Jim Morrison, containing his last thoughts and musings, on display in London, Wednesday, July 26, 2006.

Now you are in danger
old sheep
Now you are in danger

When the true kings murderers
are allowed to run free
A 1000 magicians arise
in the night

So I say have fun
until the whole shithouse
goes up in smoke
get your favourite girl
& run

Can't you feel it now
that spring has come
it's time to play
in the scattered sun
it's time to run

Let the piper call the tune
March april May June

luni, 15 noiembrie 2010

Jim Morrison Last Photos From Paris???

Jim Morrison Last Photos From Paris???

Two photos are floating around the internet that claim to be the last known photos of a living Jim MorrisonMorrison died on July 3, 1971.
Jim Morrison flew to Paris in March 1971, took up residence in a rented apartment, and went for long walks through the city, admiring the city’s architecture. During that time, Morrison grew a beard. The ghostly shot captures him staring out of the window of the apartment where he would eventually die and is believed to be one of the last photographs taken of him and shows him sporting the beard.
The Polaroid photo above was auctioned along with his last notebook of poetry.
The Doors – Jim Morrison’s last notebook
This photo also shows up as Jim’s last photos.  There were a series of photos taken on June 28, 1971 with his girlfriend Pamela Courson by Alain Ronay. These photos from a village near Chantilly taken a few days before Jim died.  He’s pretty clean shaven in these.
jim_morrison_last_photo_pamela jim_morrison_pam
This photo from the bootleg recording,  Jim Morrison – The Lost Paris Tapes looks kinda freaky with the kid in the window.
These also claim to be some of the last photos of Jim.  You be the judge or help out.

sâmbătă, 13 noiembrie 2010

Was Jim Morrison Killed ?Lizard King was killed?

The official story is that Jim Morrison died at the age of 27-years-old in the early morning hours of July 3, 1971, in his bathtub at his apartment in Paris with his girlfriend Pamela Courson. The Doors manager, Bill Siddons, flew in from L.A. but did not see his body. Why not? The only people who apparently did were a few emergency medical personnel and Dr. Max Vassile, who is now deceased. He never gave any interviews only saying that Morrison died of "natural causes" specifically of heart failure which is why there was no autopsy. In this Rolling Stones article, things have changed quite a bit. Supposedly, Jim Morrison died in the bathroom of a Paris night club and that a singer, Marianne Faithful was sworn to secrecy not to talk about the events that lead to his overdosing of heroin that he bought from dealers for his girlfriend, Pamela Courson. Jim Morrison never did heroin in the U.S.A. and he had an intense hatred for the drug and needles as well. What did Marianne Faithful see exactly?
So why would he begin taking heroin in Paris, France? And if he did overdose why are mysterious people like this singer sworn not to talk about the events that night which led to his death? Wouldn't these events have come out into the mainstream press several weeks later? So what really did happened to James Douglas Morrison? 
And who was the American poet and singer for the rock band, The Doors, and what did he really stand for? This is an excerpt from a 1970 interview with Lizzie James:
He talks about his dislike for drugs with Lizzie James in this 1970 full interview. We are supposed to believe he died of a drug overdose which caused heart failure. But his personal physician, Dr. Derwin gave him a complete physical before he left to France and said to the press, "Jim was in excellent health before leaving to Paris." 
"We walked down to the Garden Spot on La Cienega for dinner. That was the evening we talked about drugs. I told him stories I'd heard of his acid escapades, and he laughed and said, 'I'm not interested in drugs,' almost scornfully, and lifted his martini glass towards me, rotating it slightly with a smile that said that this was the 'Crystal Ship.' Another time I offered him some speed, pot and once or twice some very superior downers, and he declined always, once with a derisive shake of his head saying, 'I don't need any pills.'"

The Rolling Stone interview was removed from youtube, so here is another interview with Jim Morrison (audio starts off low quality):

Update 28 Feb 2008:
I have noticed a pattern. After they kill famous and important people, and then they become legends, they have to do something to turn the general population away from them by writing lies like these below: morrison was bisexual
Otherwise, people may be inspired to find out why he really died. It's better to turn the masses away before they start investigating the crimes they have committed and find out some terrible facts.
The remaining three members of the band, his former friends, and many others that knew him said this book, Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend, by Stephen Davis, is spreading the lie that he was bisexual or homosexual. They all say without question he was straight.
And he loved one girl in particular, his long time girlfriend, Pamela Courson who died two years and nine months later after Jim Morrison's death on April 25, 1974 of a heroin overdose — surprise, surprise. How many rock stars and the people that knew them during the 1960's and 1970's died of a "heroin overdose" or other strange deaths? For instance, look at this list of dead rock stars put together by a police-pathologist, Dr. Ed Friedlander. What is going on here?
The book, No One Here Gets Out Alive, by Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugerman, is described as the first biography of Jim Morrison, but his sister, Anne Morrison, said that "my brother was not in that book." In other words, she did not consider the book to be a biography of her brother. Some people on the Internet have sarcastically referred to this book as Nothing Here but Lies. Ray Manzarek was so disgusted by Oliver Stone's movie about The Doors which portrayed Jim Morrison as crazy and out-of-control that he directed his own movie The Soft Parade to counteract the Zionist propaganda and lies. And recently a new documentary about Jim Morrison and The Doors, When You're Strange, has been released to further counteract the propaganda about Morrison and the band.



Admiral Morrison,
the attack of the U.S.S. Liberty,
and the Zionist Connection
Morrison's military awards According to his military record, Admiral Morrison was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal with "V" for valor device (Korean War), the Air Medal with two Gold Stars and the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon (World War II).
Rear Admiral Morrison also received the American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three Stars, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon with Bronze Star, Korean Service Medal, United National Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Taiwan Straits) and the Vietnam Service Medal. He also received the Korean Presidential Unit Citation Medal.
Admiral Morrison, then a captain, with his son, Jim, on the bridge of the U.S.S. Bon Homme Richard, January 1964
Aboard the U.S.S. Hancock off South Korea, December 3, 1968. Rear Adm. George S. Morrison, commander of Carrier Division Nine, left,
South Korean Prime Minister Chung Il Kwon, center,
and Vice Adm. William F. Bringle, commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet in the Pacific.
As of Nov. 2009, both  the New York Times (here) and the Wikipedia (here) have selected this particular photo of Morrison with a smear on his face. Is it a coincidence that of all the photos, they selected one with this imperfection?
A British newspaper (here) used the same photo, but without the imperfection.
Jim Morrison came from a military family. His father was a career U.S. Navy officer and a graduate of the Naval Academy. Admiral G.S. Morrison was one of the youngest Navy officers ever selected to become a Rear Admiral at the age of 47-years-old. Then a young Ensign, Admiral Morrison was stationed at Pearl Harbor, and was an eyewitness to the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. He flew fighter aircraft in the South Pacific during the last year of WW II and again during the Korean War.
Jim Morrison and his family were frequently moving during the late 1940's through the 1960's to new assignments his father was ordered to report to. While Jim Morrison was in college at UCLA film school, his father was leading a battle carrier group off the coast of South Vietnam in 1964.
You can read his biography here in this article:
Jim Morrison graduated from film school at UCLA in 1965 and he and Ray Manzarek formed The Doors in June of that year. The Vietnam war was escalating and there was a particular event that many Americans may still not have heard of yet but Admiral Morrison was very vocal about. That is an intelligence gathering ship, the U.S.S. Liberty which was stationed in the Mediterranean Sea near the Sinai Peninsula during the Six day War between Israel and Egypt when it was attacked by Israeli fighter jets on June 8, 1967 killing 34 and wounding 171 crewmembers.
The attack by the Israeli fighter jets lasted for over an hour and the crew of the U.S.S. Liberty being a non-combat ship only had two 0.50 inches caliber guns both fore and aft of the vessel but never got off a shot as these weapons were immediately destroyed by the Israeli jets.
After the Israeli fighter aircraft attack, the U.S.S. Liberty was again attacked by Israeli torpedo boats, which fired five torpedoes, one of which hit the Liberty creating a forty hole and killing 25 sailors. The Israeli torpedo boats also attacked with cannon fire and machine gunned defenseless American sailors in the water and as they were attempting to enter life rafts. The torpedo boats however failed to sink the U.S.S. Liberty.
At this page you can hear audio interviews of Commander James Ennes, U.S. Navy, retired, who was one of the officers on board that day. He tells in graphic detail how the attack happened and how they repeatedly told the Israelis they were an American ship. There is also an interview with a sailor who was on the U.S.S. America.
During the attack, the U.S.S. Liberty was able to get off a message to its flagship the aircraft carrier U.S.S. America and said that they were under attack. The U.S.S. America immediately scrambled F-4 Phantom fighter jets but were recalled by President Lyndon Johnson. What were President Johnson's motives for doing this?
Meanwhile, after the Israeli torpedo boats murdered American sailors trying to reach the safety of the life rafts, in came some Israeli helicopters with assault troops ready to board the ship and to kill the remaining crew members who had survived both attacks. The helicopters however, did not land on the ship as there was some radio traffic that suggested that U.S. fighter jets were again on their way to engage the Israelis.
You can read about the account of the U.S.S. Liberty here at the Wikipedia. Keep in mind however, that Wikipedia has strong Zionist connections so they are going to try and favor Israel in a positive light. There is another website, from the crew of the U.S.S. Liberty.
The U.S.S. Liberty flew the American flag that day so there was no question that the Israeli fighter jets did not know whose ship it was they were attacking. The Israeli fighter jets used rockets and cannon fire at the ship and many of the sailors that were hit by fragments were unrecognizable because of the damage these weapons do to the human body. Some of the sailors were also incinerated beyond recognition. Clearly, the Israelis were trying to sink this American ship. Although they claimed over the past decades that it was a mistake. Admiral Morrison thought otherwise:

Here is an excerpt from the Wikipedia of Admiral Morrison's stance against Israel (this section has since been erased, but a copy is still in their editing history here): Some believe his Naval career may have been slowed by political undertones surrounding his analysis of the U.S.S. Liberty incident which occurred in 1967. Morrison opposed the official U.S. Navy response to the attack, and proposed an immediate and swift economic and military response against Israel for the attack on an official U.S. Navy ship. 
[Admiral] Morrison's analysis and political motivation was at odds with the soft non-militaristic response ultimately taken by the U.S. State Department and U.S. Navy. [Admiral] Morrison asserted Israeli intentionally attacked the U.S.S. Liberty, trying to disguise Israeli torpedo boats as Syrian vessels in an attempt to provoke a war between the United States and Syria. This would have increased United State military and financial assistance during the Six Day War.
It is possible that Zionist Jews killed Jim Morrison in retaliation for his father's stance against Israel, and wanting a U.S. military strike against that country. It is also possible that the Zionists were afraid of Jim Morrison's independence, and they thought they could no longer control him so they killed him to get rid of someone who would have certainly had enough personal courage and guts to expose the criminal Jews and the crimes they have committed. Jim Morrison and his father, Rear Admiral Steve Morrison, didn't get along very well as father and son, but it sure does seem like they were fighting a common enemy, the Zionist Jews.

Additional information about the attack of the U.S.S. Liberty:
  Commander James Ennes also reports that:
"According to eyewitness accounts by Israeli officers and journalists, the Israeli Army--the Army that claims to hold itself to a higher moral standard than other armies--executed as many as 1,000 Arab prisoners during the 1967 war."
An Israeli military historian, Aryeh Yitzhaki also said,
"That Israeli troops carried out several mass killing in 1967 in which about 1,000 Egyptian prisoners were slain in the Sinai. Yitzhaki, who worked in the Israeli army's history department after the war, said he and other officers collected testimony from dozens of soldiers who admitted killing POW's. He said a report on the killings submitted to his superiors has been locked into a safe at military headquarters." 
And yet another Israeli historian, Uni Milstein, said:
"There were many incidents in the 1967 war in which Egyptian soldiers were killed by Israeli soldiers after they had raised their hands in surrender....It was no official policy, but there was an atmosphere that it was ok to do it, Milstein said."
He also commented, 
"Some commanders decided to do it, others refused. But everyone knew about it."
It is important to note that these murders show a pattern of how the Zionists mirror the Nazis in their killings in WW II. Indeed, as Arthur Koestler reports in his book, "The 13th Tribe," the word Nazi comes from the last four letters of Ashkenazi which is what the Khazarian Jews called themselves. You can read more about the Israeli massacre of Egyptian POW's in 1967 at  El Arish here:


 People Behind The Doors 26 March 2010
• Jac Holzman 
Jac Holzman, a Jew, was born in 1931 and attended St. John's College. He was the CEO and President of Elektra Records. He personally saw the Doors play several times live before signing them to a six record contract deal. The Doors' first record, The Doors, was released in 1967 and their last record, L.A. Woman was released in 1971. However, in 1970, Mr. Holzman sold all of his music interests to Warner Communications, Inc., but he continuted to run Elektra Records until 1973.  You can read more about his illustrious career in music and the home video cable industry here: followthemusic/whojac.html.

 Jac Holzman at the GRAMMY Awards in 2008
(Click photo for details)
And this Wikipedia entry says, "After Edgar Bronfman, Jr. and a group of investors bought out Warner Music Group from Time Warner in 2004 for $2.6 billion, Bronfman brought Holzman out of quasi-retirement to help revitalize his company, reuniting him with the company that had acquired his previous forays into the music business...." It is interesting to note that the Zionist Jews like Edgar Bronfman, Jr. don't work with just anyone. Jac Holzman talks about when he was president of Elketra Records and his time with The Doors in this video clip:

• Danny Sugarman 

Sugarman, younger.
Trying to look like Morrison?

Sugarman, older.
Danny Sugarman, also a Jew was born in 1954 and died in 2005 of lung cancer at the age of 50-years-old. He was one of the managers of the The Doors. He wrote several books about Jim Morrison and The Doors, including No One Gets Out Of Here Alive with Jerry Hopkins. As reported in this article, many people have referred to this book as "Nothing In Here But Lies". Sugarman began working for The Doors when he was 12-years-old. Jim Morrison hired him to answer fan mail. Later on, in 1991, Sugarman married Fawn Hall, of the Iran-Contra scandal. She was Lt. Col. Oliver North's secretary and she was implicated in stealing an destroying important documents regarding the investigation.
Sugarman dressed like Jim Morrison and apparently idolized him. Many people say he wanted to be like Jim Morrison. However, completely unlike Jim Morrison, Sugarman was a heroin addict, and stated, "I was on heroin for almost fifteen years and I am active on the college lecture/reading circuit, often teaming up with other addict writers like Wm. Burroughs, Jim Carroll and Timothy Leary...." You can read a letter he wrote to author Dr. Arnold S. Trebach who wrote, The Heroin Solution here:
Here is an interview of Danny Sugarman about his book, No One Gets Out of Here Alive on in 1981. The footage is grainy but the audio is OK.

• Bill Siddons 
Bill Siddons, born in 1949, was only 18-years-old when he began to manage The Doors from 1968 to 1972. After the death of Jim Morrison, he managed the three remaining members of The Doors for two more albums. In the Wikipedia article linked below, Siddons says, "He was the one person in the United States Pamela Courson contacted from Paris after Morrison had died. He arranged the funeral and burial with Pamela but never saw Jim's body due to the closed casket and his aversion to seeing his friend dead."

Bill Siddons in 2008 during an interview
He also said, "We buried Jim correctly." and,  "And that perhaps was greatest achievement: making sure we kept it quiet until it was done the right way. Nothing to hide, but we knew that what was going to happen because we'd just been through it with Jimi and Janis." Should we trust Bill Siddons? He went to Paris to verify the death of Jim Morrison but refused to look in the coffin to identify Morrison, "...but never saw Jim's body due to the closed casket and his aversion to seeing his friend dead."
Why did he go to Paris, France to identify Jim Morrison's dead body if he was truly incapable of viewing Morrison's dead body?

Bill Siddons, left, sitting next to Jim Morrison, and Robbie Krieger standing behind them
There were no official French police photographs of Jim Morrison's body. In fact, there are no photographs of any kind of Jim Morrison's body. And Bill Siddons never saw his body. So what evidence do we have that Jim Morrison died in the manner that was reported? If Siddons had looked in the casket, would he have seen that Morrison died a violent death? Or was the casket empty? Or was Morrison kidnapped? Have you heard about the mysterious disappearance of Christopher Bollyn and his family; the mysterious disappearance of Natalie Holloway; or the Johnny Gosch kidnapping?  Bill Siddons dated Lynette 'Squeaky Fromme', according to this article: She was a member of the Charles Manson family in 1967, and was arrested for attempting to assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975. Charles Manson, of course, was accused of the Sharon Tate murders. Sharon Tate married film director Roman Polanski in Jan 1968, and was killed August 9, 1969. 
For more information about:
• Roman Polanski and his rape of a 13-year-old girl here.
• Squeaky Fromme here.

Isn't it interesting that Bill Siddons dated Lynette 'Squeaky Fromme', and Danny Sugarman married Fawn Hall? Also, Natalie Holloway's mother is dating JonBenet Ramsey's father! Are these coincidences? Or are criminals attracted to one another?
To add further to the confusion, all three remaining members of The Doors have made strange statements concerning Jim Morrison's gravesite. For example:
Ray Manzarek, in a recent interview, said when he was at his grave, "The energy just wasn't there, man."  • Robbie Krieger commented that when he was at his grave, he didn't feel like Jim Morrison was there.
John Densmore said he thought the grave was too short for Jim Morrison's body.
• Paul A. Rothchild 
Paul Rothchild was born in 1935 and died in 1995 of lung cancer. He was the producer of The Doors for five of their albums from 1967-1971. He decided not to produce their last album, L.A. Woman because of a disagreement with the band where they were headed musically with this album. You can read more about his biography here:

Paul Rothchild, left, standing next to Jim Morrison in 1967

Paul Rothchild, in center, with members of the rock band Ars Nova.
(Click photo for details)

Rothchild gave an interview with BAM magazine in 1981.
In one of the questions, he answers very critically of Danny Sugarman's part in the book No One Here Gets Out Alive. Rothchild says,
"Danny Sugarman, (co-author of the book) is a FAN of The Doors who took Jerry Hopkins' original manuscript and destroyed it. Danny Sugarman didn't interview me, Jerry did. Danny then changed a lot of my interview to HEARSAY that other people did. I am FURIOUS about the book, and so is everyone else I've talked to who is quoted in it. It's a great piece of sensationalism, very little of which holds to historical fact. The general shape of it is correct, but Jim is sensationalized rather than spectacularly, and the best parts of Morrison are not there. The people who really helped The Doors' career are treated in a very cavalier manner, and the only people who come off well in my opinion are the groupes and sycophants who were hanging around the band and close to Danny Sugarman--who was a groupie himself."
He further comments on the book in a later question, 
"There's only one thing in the whole process that bothers me, and that is Danny Sugarman's book. If Jim Morrison were alive today, he'd be livid about that book. Not because the truth it tells, but because of the lies it maintains. Like Sugarman's trying to keep going the myth that Jim might still be alive! That is pure, total unmitigated BULLSHIT! If Danny had sat where you're sitting and listened to Pam after she came back from Paris, he wouldn't be trying to perpetuate this myth---and that's what it is. Pam and I were very dear friends. She sat on this sofa night after night and she'd cry, with the DEEPEST grief, over the loss of Jim. Night after night. It became a mania for her. She eventually gave up her life because of her love for Jim."
Is it possible that Danny Sugarman was pushing the myth that Jim Morrison was still alive in order to cover up his murder and how he was killed so people would not investigate Morrison's death? Danny Sugarman began by answering fan mail for the band, and later became their manager. Was Danny Sugarman just an innocent young man who idolized Jim Morrison, or was he much more than that?

Search for Jim Morrison's Lost Shelby - Jim 's Lost Car

Search for Morrison's Lost Shelby

I started to wonder a few years ago when the search for old Shelby's started to be part of my life. I watched "Love Story" and remembered a 66 GT 350 parked on a Boston street. This was before VHS so I couldn't rewind the tape and check out the car a second time.

I recall being talked into watching a Jane Fonda movie once and seeing a 67 GT 350 in the background. It was wimbledon white and I was able to catch a quick glimpse of the car.

Then one Saturday night I watched "Bullitt" on TBS. My older brother kept on mentioning to me to make sure to wait for "The Chase". Finally when McQueen jumped into his 68 Mustang I knew what he was referring too.

I was at a Los Angeles cruise night a few years back checking out a white 1967 GT 500. The owner and I started talking about Cobra's and Shelby Mustangs.
"Only a few miles up the road Jim Morrison hit a pole one night with one of these". "You mean Jim Morrison of the Doors" I asked.

One of the problems researching a car accident from forty years ago is the false information out there.

Rumor had it that Electra Records purchased Jim Morrison of "The Doors" a night mist blue 67 GT 500 for his fine work on the album "The Doors".
Morrison had a reputation of abusing just about everything he touched and with that in mind the GT 500 sat on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles just waiting for something to happen.
And it did.
One Friday night Morrison, driving recklessly, hit a telephone pole on Sunset Blvd and proceeded to jump out of the car and started to inspect the damage.
Frustrated, he walked up the road to the Whiskey A- Go-Go and continued his evening.
Hours later he walked back to the Shelby and by now the car was gone.
Now the mystery starts.
According to some, he never followed up on the accident or who towed the car.
Touring with a popular band in the 1960's Morrison had many distractions and a minor car accident probably wasn't his biggest priority.
Another interesting story worth mentioning is the LAX connection.
Morrison drove the Shelby to Los Angeles International Airport and left it there for an extended period of time while he was traveling.
When he returned the automobile was already towed away and sold at public auction.

Another persistent story I heard was that the GT 500 was resold many times in Southern California and no one really knew the history of the car. It had been in numerous accidents and didn't have much left to it. Finally on its last leg it made it to the crusher in the early 1980's.

This writer was contacted in 2005 by a woman from the Phoenix area who asked many questions about how she'd identify a very famous 67 Shelby owned by a "deceased rock star". I pressed the woman for more details however she suddenly became rather evasive and ended the call quickly.

I realized after the Phoenix call that even if the car was in front of me I couldn't tell if it was Morrison's or not.
I was confident it was a night mist blue 67 GT 500 but I needed much more than that.
With the help of Kerry Humphreys, publisher of "The Doors Collectors Magazine", I was able to contact Frank Lisciandro who was a personal friend of Jim Morrison.
Mr. Lisciandro came into possession of many documents of Morrison's when he died in Paris in 1971.
One of the documents was an original registration for a "1967 GT 500" from 1969.
"Whose name is on the registration" I asked.
"James Douglas Morrison"
After lengthy negotiations Tango Classic Auto's was able to purchase the original registration with the much needed vehicle identification number.

Tango recently came in possession of a film with Morrison driving his 67 GT 500 and it was indeed nightmist blue. And there is no doubt that it's a four speed. For the record, he was beating the hell out of it.

It's been about 40 years since this Shelby was running around Hollywood however just recently I had an interesting conversation concerning this piece of history.

For the time being, I'll keep that discussion to myself.

Bret Matteson
February 28, 2007

joi, 14 octombrie 2010

The Strange Deaths of Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin

The Strange Deaths of Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin

Is it just a coincidence that three of the biggest names in rock - Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin - should all die within a year? Director / writer Larry Buchanan doesn't think so. He believes Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin were murdered and Jim Morrison faked his own death. Mr. Buchanan wrote and directed the film "Beyond The Doors" which explores the mysterious deaths of the three superstars. And, when it comes to movie-making, Larry Buchanan is no slouch. He's been in the business for 30 years now. Most of his work was done for American International Pictures. He gave Morgan Fairchild her first job in a picture - with Fabian. He also gave Steve McQueen his first job in a film, on a short subject, called "The Cowboy". Mr. Buchanan also knew Marilyn Monroe. In the history of rock 'n roll only three names - Morrison, Hendrix, and Joplin - stand alongside of Elvis and The Beatles. Did the music of Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin get them killed? If so, why? And how did it happen? Let filmmaker Larry Buchanan take you on an exploration of the seamier side of rock 'n roll - a world "Beyond The Doors".

Q - How did you first become interested in the lives of Jim, Jimi, and Janis?

A - Too many things started to line up like ducks in a row on the three rock stars. The only one I knew was Janis. We were making these films in Dallas. One of her last concerts was in Lewisville, which is just north of Dallas, near Lake Dallas. We shot movies all around there. And so, my unit went out to do this on their own. They were just being paid to shoot the concert. So, I went out. I started talking to her and some things just started to match up with what I'd heard about Morrison and Hendrix. That is, that all three of them were under surveillance and being tapped. At that time, Nixon was desperately afraid of not being re-elected. There was legislation ready for passage, which it did pass, where 18-year-olds were to get to vote. Well, these were the King and Queen of Rock and the Heir Apparent to Rock - Morrison. Hendrix, Morrison, and Janis could actually make a difference-on an 18-year-old vote, with Nixon being out of the White House. It was that simple. So, they were to be followed and discredited. They started gathering stuff on them. Their excesses with sex, their excesses with drugs. Their income tax problems. Everything you could think of. They started building up folders on these people. It got so desperate that the word came down - Exterminate with Extreme Prejudice. In other words, these people are to be, the word they used, is neutralized. Neutralized means get rid of them. And the word quote is this: "They must go in the way they are expected to go." For example, Janis must take vodka with orange juice loaded with poison. She took one of those in the motel and went on the floor. Hendrix choked on his own vomit in an ambulance on the way to a hospital. Now remember, these people are not idiots. They had dealt with drugs all their lives. The idea of Janis Joplin or Jimi Hendrix overdosing - they did not overdose on anything. They were fixed. They were worked through this thing. In other words, it looks so simple. All we get is a cable from London - Jimi Hendrix, overdosed on drugs, dead. Janis Joplin, overdosed on drugs, dead. That's all you hear. You start peeking into it and you find it just doesn't add up. They didn't get Morrison. He escaped. He got through the tunnel. It had to be the work of the 'Thirty-Nine Steps.' These are ex-F.B.I., ex-NSA, and ex-C.I.A. They are funded for the rest of this century. They were originally funded by Jack Kennedy's father. A very wealthy man, and a very sinister person, to make sure his boys made it. Nothing could stand in the way. These are power mad people. Like Lyndon Johnson, who was successor to the throne of the Kennedys in power. So these people had to be eliminated. And that's what happened.

Q - And Morrison?

A - My wife and I went to Paris, to visit the Pere La Chaise cemetery. Now this is where Balzac is buried, Oscar Wilde, Chopin, and Jim Morrison. The man who let us in did not want to talk to us, but because we had a friend with us, he confirmed a story about Ray Manzarek (Doors keyboard player). Manzarek has been recorded in several books as having stood on that grave and said, 'Jim is not here.' Now that is an actual quote. I didn't hear him. I'm only telling you I've seen it in print. This man told me that's true. 

© Gary James

Images of Jim Morrison

Images of Jim Morrison

Photographer / Artist Ed Wincenten of Tulsa, Oklahoma has put together a rather unique look at Jim Morrison. Ed's book contains material on Morrison that you've never seen before. We're talking about pictures, posters and handbills. How'd he do it? Where did this material come from? We put those questions and more to Ed Wincentsen.

Q - Of all the people you could have written a book about, you chose Jim Morrison. Why? Don't you think there's already enough material out there on Morrison?

A - I wanted to do a book on Jim Morrison even though there was a lot of material coming out due to the movie, because there was one main theme I wanted to state; the theme being that I considered Jim Morrison a real poet, a poet that transcends even his fame as the rock and roll singer of The Doors. I tried to state this in the short piece I wrote for the beginning of the book. Also, I wanted the book to be meant as an artistic tribute to Morrison, like from a visual artist. Here is my tribute to Jim Morrison, poet, artist.

Q - How did you know where to turn to for material on Morrison?

A - I knew my approach to my book had a certain place that the others didn't because I also wanted to include reproductions of certain posters, handbills, and newspaper ads to try to capture a little of the times. I knew no other book was doing that and I also wanted to locate as many photos that had not been published before. Also, doing my color design work to images was going to be an exclusive for the book. Being a photographer, I knew how to track down photos for the book. I also had some sources that put me in touch with some people that had rare, unpublished items. We were able to obtain a rare Tulsa Doors concert poster for the collector Andrew Hawley, who traded us permission to use some of his collection for the book. Andrew had been approached by other publishers and had been offered cash to use his collection, but he turned many offers down. With us getting this one poster he had wanted for years, gave us that collection for the book. I used posters, handbills that did not have the copyright laws. They were public domain, the ones I used, but unpublished. 

© Gary James 

Is Jim Morrison alive?: Gerald Pitts says "Yes!"

Is Jim Morrison alive?: Gerald Pitts says "Yes!"

Is Jim Morrison alive? Did he fake his death? Gerald Pitts says yes to both questions. He knows Jim Morrison. He's talked to Jim Morrison. He's photographed Jim Morrison. How is this possible you ask? We'll let Gerald Pitts tell the story, a story by the way that marks the first time he's gone into such detail with any interviewer.

Q - This news that Jim Morrison is alive and working as an actor and you're his agent...

A - Whoa! Jim working as an actor.

Q - Didn't he appear in one of your films?

A - Well yeah, he did. Here's the situation: In 1999 Jim went out on a ranch. I put out a rodeo stage coach specialty together for him. See, that's online.

Q - Are you his agent?

A - Yeah.

Q - This should be a big story - that Jim Morrison is alive.

A - It should be. 

© Gary James 

Jim Morrison Death : remembered by his brother-in-law

Jim Morrison: remembered by his brother-in-law

Alan Graham was part of the inner circle of the Morrison family. He was married to Jim Morrison�s sister, Ann. As a member of the Morrison family, Alan was privy to information that the outside world could only guess about. Alan served as a consultant to Oliver Stone�s film "The Doors". Gary James talked with Alan Graham about one of rock�s enduring legends, Jim Morrison.

Q - If Jim died on July 3, 1971, why did we hear about it six days later, on July 9?

A - Jim Morrison died on July 3 and the next day was July 4. We only heard about it ourselves on July 6. It wasn�t reported to the press until the third day, because Pamela had kept it a secret for those 3 days so she could get her stuff in order, so she could get back to America. The day she left from Paris to America was July 6. That�s when it was reported to the press. And only at the burial.

Q - Alan, again, do you think Jim Morrison is alive?

A - Well, in this day and age, I don�t know. As far as I�m concerned, it�s possible. The only person who knows is Pamela Courson (who died of a drug overdose in 1974). Don�t forget the body was put on ice overnight. The morgues were closed. It was left on Saturday and Sunday night �til Monday morning and his body was really blue. She never saw it. Nobody saw that body �til it came from the morgue in the coffin, ready for the funeral. Pamela wouldn�t look at it. Nobody looked at it. The likelihood that it could�ve been somebody else is extremely high and Morrison could�ve seen it and went into hiding and said this is my chance to get away from all this.

Q - Get away from all of what?

A - His life and the people around him. I don�t want to be the person who says he�s alive in Africa somewhere. As sure as the Admiral is not at peace with himself, neither am I. I don�t know. I can�t say he�s dead. Nobody knows anything except the girl that put him in that coffin and that was Pamela and she�s dead. The others were junkies. It could�ve been anybody in that coffin. Nobody knew where they were, �cause they were all on heroin, including Pamela, smacked up at the funeral. It could have been a perfect road for escape for Morrison.

miercuri, 13 octombrie 2010

Read Jim Morrison Quotes

A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.
Jim Morrison

Actually I don't remember being born, it must have happened during one of my black outs.
Jim Morrison

Blake said that the body was the soul's prison unless the five senses are fully developed and open. He considered the senses the 'windows of the soul.' When sex involves all the senses intensely, it can be like a mystical experence.
Jim Morrison

Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as ravens claws.
Jim Morrison

Drugs are a bet with your mind.
Jim Morrison

Each generation wants new symbols, new people, new names. They want to divorce themselves from their predecessors.
Jim Morrison

Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
Jim Morrison

Film spectators are quiet vampires.
Jim Morrison

Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself - and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is.
Jim Morrison

Hatred is a very underestimated emotion.
Jim Morrison

I am interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos-especially activity that seems to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom... Rather than starting inside, I start outside and reach the mental through the physical.
Jim Morrison

I believe in a long, prolonged, derangement of the senses in order to obtain the unknown.
Jim Morrison

I like any reaction I can get with my music. Just anything to get people to think. I mean if you can get a whole room full of drunk, stoned people to actually wake up and think, you're doing something.
Jim Morrison

I like people who shake other people up and make them feel uncomfortable.
Jim Morrison

I see myself as an intelligent, sensitive human, with the soul of a clown which forces me to blow it at the most important moments.
Jim Morrison

I think in art, but especially in films, people are trying to confirm their own existences.
Jim Morrison

I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most important moments.
Jim Morrison

I'm interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that appears to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom.
Jim Morrison

If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.
Jim Morrison

It's like gambling somehow. You go out for a night of drinking and you don't know where your going to end up the next day. It could work out good or it could be disastrous. It's like the throw of the dice.
Jim Morrison

Listen, real poetry doesn't say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through anyone that suits you.
Jim Morrison

Love cannot save you from your own fate.
Jim Morrison

Music inflames temperament.
Jim Morrison

People fear death even more than pain. It's strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah, I guess it is a friend.
Jim Morrison

Sex is full of lies. The body tries to tell the truth. But, it's usually too battered with rules to be heard, and bound with pretenses so it can hardly move. We cripple ourselves with lies.
Jim Morrison

Some of the worst mistakes of my life have been haircuts.
Jim Morrison

The appeal of cinema lies in the fear of death.
Jim Morrison

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.
Jim Morrison

The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.
Jim Morrison

The time to hesitate is through.
Jim Morrison

There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors.
Jim Morrison

This is the strangest life I've ever known.
Jim Morrison

Violence isn't always evil. What's evil is the infatuation with violence.
Jim Morrison

We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict.
Jim Morrison

When you make your peace with authority, you become authority.
Jim Morrison

Where's your will to be weird?
Jim Morrison

Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.
Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison: His Girlfriend Remembers

Jim Morrison: His Girlfriend Remembers

Judy Huddleston was only 17 when she met Jim Morrison. She was a model in Los Angeles. The year was 1967. What happened after their initial meeting is chronicled in Judy's book "This Is The End My Only Friend, Living and Dying With Jim Morrison"

We spoke with Judy Huddleston about her life and times with Jim Morrison.

Q - If Jim Morrison hadn't been a rock star, would you have put up with the kind of terrible treatment he dished out to you?

A - Probably if he had been an artist or a writer I would have. He wouldn't have had to have been a rock star. If he would have been some sort of artist or writer whose work I loved, yeah. I wasn't even interested in people who weren't.

Q - Judy, how do we know that Jim Morrison really did die on July 3rd, 1971?

A - Ultimately, we don't. 

© Gary James

Jim Morrison: Danny Sugerman Remembers

Jim Morrison: Danny Sugerman Remembers

Danny Sugerman saw his first rock concert at the age of 12. That concert featured The Doors. Fascinated by The Doors' lead singer, Jim Morrison, Danny's obsession with the group and their music led him to a job in their office. He handled their fan mail and organized the group's press scrapbook. Danny has written what has to be the most detailed account yet of life with The Doors. And more than that, it's Danny Sugerman's story, his ups, his downs, his triumphs, his tragedies. Titled "Wonderland Avenue", (William Morrow and Co.) this is the closest look at the inner workings of rock that we've seen in a long time.

Q - You're on the road these days to promote "Wonderland Avenue", but how do you support yourself the rest of the time?

A - I manage The Doors, plus Ray Manzarek's solo career. Ray's very, very active producing. Their band is making movies. The Doors have a very lucrative catalog, compact discs have given us a third life. I worked with The Doors, and made the deals and was involved in the production of 'Dance On Fire' and 'Live At The Hollywood Bowl,' both platinum award-winning videos. I've just produced a new video, The Doors In Europe, aired on Cinemax, and in the Fall coming out on HBO Home Video. That, in combination with a 6-hour radio show on The Doors, shot sales up 500% for the Christmas season. And, we have a Doors box set coming up this Christmas, with an "American Prayer" as well as the 'live' material on CD for the first time, as well as the sixth studio album and a CD containing some never-before-released material.

Q - How were you able to recall all of the conversations in such detail? Did you keep a diary?

A - I made a lot of notes. When a lot of this stuff was going down, I was writing about it. I knew someday I hoped to use them in a book. If you were to ask me to tell you everything Jim Morrison told me, in order, word for word, I couldn't have done it. Sitting down at the typewriter, getting his character to live on paper, once he was alive in this story, he spoke. I could see him, I could hear him. I knew what he would say and I knew what he did say. Once the spirit of him was alive, the words just came. I learned more about my mind in the creative process in the writing of this book. I really feel like a writer now. I know to trust the process, and when I'm inspired to write. 

© Gary James 

Jim Morrison: Frank Lisciandro Remembers

Jim Morrison: Frank Lisciandro Remembers

Frank Lisciandro was a close friend of Jim Morrison. He worked, traveled and partied with Jim for three years, photographing and filming the Doors at the height of their popularity. Last year (1982) Frank Lisciandro wrote a book about his experiences with Jim Morrison entitled "Jim Morrison, An Hour For Magic, Photo journal" (Delilah Books) We, at the Campus Advertiser, take real pride in presenting this very special interview with Frank Lisciandro.

Q - Why don't Morrison's parents speak out about their son?

A - His father is an ex-Navy Admiral, and they tend to be rather conservative, military people. I don't think they've ever realized Jim's greatness, and I think they've always been ashamed that he was busted in Miami, and busted in New Haven. It doesn't fit the image of a military man. In a sense, they would prefer that nothing be written about him. They don't like the way it reflects on them, believe it or not. They don't see the greatness in their son, rather they see the embarrassment it causes them. Because of that, they've been totally uncooperative with everyone. I did hear that they liked my book quite a lot. Although I didn't need their cooperation, it was nice to hear that. But, even his sister hasn't spoken up, or his brother. They would just rather cherish the kind of images they had of him rather than have a publicity thing go out. So they're not very sympathetic to the fans' needs or the people who really idolize Jim even to this day. There are young people and older people even, who find him a great innovator, a great rock singer, lyricist, poet. And these people want more and more Information about him. The parents and the family don't see that really. They just don't want the exposure, so, they haven't been generous with their information about Jim. Hopefully, that will change.

Q - Why is Jim Morrison so popular today?

A - When Jim wrote, he wrote from a universal standpoint. That is, he dealt with themes that are universal, and they are timeless. He dealt with love, death, sex, breaking away from one's family, mysticism, breaking on through to the other side. To see a new reality, he talked about rebellion and revolution. Those are things that are a lot different than "Sixteen Candles", boy meets girl, boy loses girl. Not only were his themes meaningful, but the way he addressed those themes, the way he treated them. He read deeply into philosophy, and psychology. He was a very learned and well-read person and he was able to talk about those things in a way that people responded then, and still respond to. I think people who listen to him are attracted now both by his physical image, his voice, and also the things he wrote and talked about because those subjects are always meaningful to people. 

© Gary James 

vineri, 24 septembrie 2010

Jim Morrison death secrets

So much has been written and speculated upon surrounding Jim Morrison's life, death and after-death that it is no longer enough to address just the facts. One must now also address the self-perpetuating mythos that has developed and enveloped the facts.

In the late nineteen sixties, Doors' singer Jim Morrison founded a publishing company named Zeppelin Publishing Company with the help of the legal department of Warner Brothers Pictures and Atlantic Records. According to promotions for Zeppelin, "Jim wanted to get his hands on the trademark 'Zeppelin' before Led Zeppelin did. He did this while everyone in America knew who the Doors were, but before the other rock group was well known..." Zeppelin Publishing Company was chartered and put into hibernation for later resurrection.

On July 3, 1971, rock and roll wunderkind James Douglas Morrison was supposedly, reportedly, found dead in a Paris, France apartment he had sub-leased as a writer's studio. His 'wife', Pamela Courson, was the first to discover the body in the bathroom. Jim lay in the bathtub, naked and half-submerged. At first she thought that "Jim was pretending", noticing that he had "recently shaved".

What immediately followed was a series of bizarre and convoluted events, probable conspiracies, strange coincidences and surreal news reports surrounding the death of James Douglas Morrison. Following the death there was a three day news blackout. This was reported on and questioned widely in the media, including articles in The Berkeley Barb, Esquire, the LA Free Press, Sounds, The Baltimore Morning Sun, and many others. Robert Hillburn writing at that time in The LA Times, called his obituary of Morrison "Why Morrison Death News Delay??" igniting a spark that has yet to smolder.

The blackout prevented Morrison's close friends from getting at the principals and witnesses -- and the corpse -- for close inspection. Even Jim's parents and his in-laws were prevented from seeing the corpse.

Pamela had called a local French medical examiner -- Dr. Max Vasille -- to take charge upon finding her husband's body. Dr. Vasille listed the cause of death as "heart failure". Several people viewed the sealed coffin, including Doors manager Bill Siddons, who apparently chose not to view the corpse. Siddons official statement to the press was that "Jim Morrison died of natural causes" and that "the death was peaceful".

Although Jim's death was listed officially as "heart failure", his personal physician, Dr. Derwin, stated to the press that "Jim Morrison was in excellent health before travelling to Paris".

This has recently been complicated by "Queen Mu" writing in the avant garde magazine Mondo 2000 (Summer, 1991). Apparently Mondo 2000 surfaced a rare medical file regarding Jim Morrison's various sexual diseases, and the treatments he was undergoing for them. There was mention of "cancer of the penis...". Queen Mu reports:

"... Hey! No one wants to be expunged from the Book of Life. How many medical workers at UCLA knew that Jim Morrison was being treated for gonorrhea in the Fall of 1970? Knew of the biopsy that confirmed adenoma of the penile urethra -- often consequence to repeated gonorrhea? This is a particularly swift form of cancer whose only alternative may have been radical castration..." -- Queen Mu, pp. 131

No autopsy was performed on Jim Morrison's corpse, as is the usual custom in unusual or suspect deaths in France. Had friends been able to at least see the corpse this might have been done.

According to several reports, a Morrison confidant Alan Ronay alos helped maintain the blackout surrounding the death. Jim Morrison's body was quickly whisked away to be buried at Pere Lachaise. Pere Lachaise is a national French monument and notables like Balzac, Edith Piaf, Moliere, Oscar Wilde and other French countrymen are buried there. Regarding Pere Lachaise: Jim had handpicked the gravesite on several occasions for his impending 'burial'. He had visited the site as late as three days before his 'death'. This is reported in Break On Through and other Morrison biographies.

The media at once showed suspicion regarding Morrison's grave due to the fact that foreigners are rarely buried in a national French monument. Reports like those in the Baltimore Morning Sun questioned how he might have cajoled his way into the cemetary to be buried.

Upon viewing the Pere Lachaise grave site, Doors drummer John Densmore stated: "... the grave is too short!" Doors manager Bill Siddons, when asked about Pere Lachaise, stated: "... how it happened is still not clear to me". He was quoted in Bam!, a rock magazine back in 1981 regarding the controversy. At any rate, Morrison's grave at Pere Lachaise remained unmarked for several months, adding and maintaining a further cloak around the corpse and the evidence.

Only two people saw Jim Morrison's dead body -- his wife Pamela and Dr. Vasille. Dr. Vasille has repeatedly denied interviews and will not answer questions, and Pamela is dead.

The Occult Connection

Besides the "facts" as laid out in countless books, films, interviews and press reports, there exists also a wild and surreal assortment of rumors regarding "what really took place". Many of these rumors center in on the occult, black and white magick, Voudoo, magical Christianity and assorted mystical strangenesses.

In J. Prochniky's biography of Morrison, Break On Through, there is this description of Morrison-based occult rumors:

"... even more incredible were theories that Morrison had somehow been "murdered" through "supernatural means". While Jim was fascinated with the occult, it is quite an assumption that a jealous rival or jilted lover could cause his death in a Paris bathtub by stabbing a Voodoo doll or melting down a Doors album while chanting a curse."

"... Another supernatural-based theory is that Morrison's body had been driven to great extremes by the spirit of the shaman he believed had entered his body as a child on that New Mexico highway. When this spirit or a demon its talents to influence the world, it abandoned Jim and left him a physically wasted and mentally exhausted man who felt betrayed with no desire to go on..." -- Riordan and Prochniky, pp. 466

Another occult theory exists in No One Hear Gets Out Alive by Sugarman and Hopkins. Regarding Jim's death they state:

"... Other theories abounded in Jim's close circle of friends. One had him killed when someone plucked out his eyes with a knife ("to free his soul", as the story had it). Another had a spurned mistress killing him long distance from New York by Witchcraft..." -- Sugarman and Hopkins, pp. 372

Anthropologist Allison Bailey Kennedy even went so far as to tie Morrison in with Orphic mystery cults and the initiatory uses of various spider venoms, which release the "deuende in Gypsy tradition -- the dark soul that burn incandescently like a cicada, immolating itself in fiery passion."

Jim Morrison many times claimed connections to the occult and specifically Voodoo or Voudun philosophy and magick. It was a part of his "path". The moniker "Mr. Mojo Risin'" was an anagram -- a rearrangement of the letters in Jim Morrison. Mojo is a religious term describing shamanic "power icon" or affiliation. The African root Mo refers to the dark or darkness. Mojo is a specific African/Voodoun/Obeah traditional term.

"I think that there are whole regions of images and feelings that are rarely given outlet in daily life... when they do come out, they can take perverse forms" said Morrison circa 1968. He goes on to say that "the shaman is the healer, like the Witch-doctor." Morrison reiterates elsewhere that "we must not forget that the snake or the lizard is identified with the unconscious and the forces of evil..." So says the legendary "Lizard King". "The Lizard King" was one of Jim Morrison's occult code names. He was also called "The Exterminating Angel" in occult circles, according to film critic Gene Youngblood and others.

In No One Here Gets Out Alive authors Hopkins and Sugarman recount Morrison drinking blood with Witch-initiate Ingrid Thompson. In certain occult traditions, the use of blood combined with certain sexual acts is reginmen, part of a hidden technology for spell casting. This is especially so in the Tantric Vama Marg (left-handed) rites. It is also a part of Western ritual magic, used in groups like La Couleuvre Noir, the Ordo Templi Orientis, Les Ophitis and others, although it is more uncommon than common in occult work. This sort of sorcery is also used in Voodoo/Voudun Petro rites to summon different Loas (gods and goddesses).

Speaking of the Tantra Vama Marg and the Voodoo Petro, there is this description of death mythology pertinent to Jim Morrison's occult beliefs and possibly his practices. At the very least he would have known of these ideas:

"...but the human form is no means just an empty vessal for the Gods... Rather it is a critical locus where a number of sacred forces may converge. The players are the basic components of man: the z'etiole, the gros bon ange and the ti bon ange, as well as the n'ame of the corpse cadaver. The latter is the body itself, the flesh and the blood. The n'ame is the gift from God and the spirit of the flesh that allows each cell in the body to function. It is the residual presence of the n'ame for example, that gives form to the corpse long after the clinical "death" of the body. The n'ame, upon the "death" of the body begins to pass slowly into the organisms of the soil... A process that takes 18 months to complete..." -- Davis, pp. 99

Remember, Jim Morrison's grave at Pere Lachait remained unmarked for several months so that no one might disturb the corpse and the surrounding site. The whole event from day one was part of a blackout, remember.

According to Tibetan tradtion, something similar is believed to exist so far as naming the componants of the soul and the body. The Vama Marg and especially the Bardo Thodol (the Tibetan Book of the Dead) relate specific death myths concerning what occurs right after someone dies. Writing in Psychedelic Monographs and Essays {out of print 11-06-99}, psychiatrist Dr. Rick Strassman shows that: "... Another model of birth and death, and transformation in which the 49 day interval appears is in the Bardo Thodol... This is the time when the life forces of the deceased -- the energetic tendencies accumulated during "life", "decide on" or gravitate towards or coalesce around the next incarnate form..." -- Strassman, pp. 182

Rock writer Greg Shaw, writing in Bam! and Mojo Navigator interpreted Morrison's song The End along these lines also, stating that each line in the song is a direct quote from the Bardo Thodol. It all "makes perfect sense, if one is familiar with the mystical background," said Shaw.

What are the implications for these ideas in light of the supposed "death" of Jim Morrison? At clinical death, according to the above, the person actually splits up into his or her true parts, formerly connected into a whole being.

According to occult lore, it is possible to ensnare or trap parts of the personality or spirit during this transition. Wade Davis, author of The Serpent and the Rainbow and Passage of Darkness: The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie, has this to say:

"During initiation, for example the ti bon ange may be extracted from the body and housed in a clay jar called a canari. A canari is a clay jar that has been placed at the inner sanctuary of the hounfour (ritual house)."

"... During the stages directly following the physical death and the first stages of after-death the ti bon ange is extremely vulnerable... Only when it is liberated from the flesh... is it relatively safe..." -- Davis, pp. 102

Is it Jim Morrison's ti bon ange that is at the root of all these occult rumors? Was it his ti bon ange that was bought, sold and then collected on that fateful day in Paris when he "died"...?

That canari has a name. It is called Zeppelin Publishing Company. And the bokor, or Voodoo high priest who cajoled Morrison's ti bon ange into the canari? He runs a company called the B of A Company (or B of A Communications), formerly of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and now of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He owns an active passport and IDs under the name of James Douglas Morrison and claims to actually be the no-so-dead rock star!

Apparitions and Appearances After the "Death"

In the first two years after Jim Morrison's "death" in Paris, many sightings of the rock star were reported. These sightings range from the totally spurious and ridiculous to the reliable and very hard to shake.

The LA Free Press and several wire service reports described someone in 1973 appearing on several occasions in San Francisco. There Morrison was involved with business and banking transactions with the Bank of America of San Francisco. The employee that handled the transactions, Walt Fleischer, confirmed that someone resembling Morrison and using that name was indeed doing business at the Bank of America. He did add that he "was far from sure that this was the 'dead' artist" as Morrison showed no identification. Could this be because a photo ID was already on file at the bank, with the name James Douglas Morrison? Yes, it is still on file.

According to authors Riordan and Prochniky, Morrison was also seen on several occasions hanging out in "unpleasant places" in Los Angeles and wearing Morrison's leather garb, all in black. This was over a period of two years right after the Paris "death". I researched this a bit further and found out that the "unpleasant places" meant notorious gay leather bars, and the underground gay community in Los Angeles.

There were also many rumors that Morrison was also appearing regularly in Louisiana and had made several radio interviews. Again, Prochniky and Riordan reveal that:

"... At an obscure radio station in the Midwest Jim supposedly showed up in the dead of night and did a lengthy interview that explained it all... After the interview he vanished into the darkness again. As you might buess, no recordings of the interview exist and no reliable source remembers hearing the broadcast..."

An LP record called Phantom's Divine Comedy was released also in 1974. This was rumored to be Jim Morrison singing with an anonymous band with the names of "drummer X, bassist Y, and keyboardist Z". The music reportedly resembled Jim Morrison's sound quite well. All this again added and sparked the rumor mills, and stirred public fascination.

However, in a 1992 press released from the Zeppelin group, it is revealed that Morrison pal Iggy Pop was actually doing all the singing and helping the "hoax" along. This added more fuel as to how many people were actually involved in maintaining his "death hoax". Up until the 1992 press release, the record company that had released Phantom had refused to divulge the names on the LP, or the singer's name -- which was indeed Iggy Pop.

Regarding all these rumors, Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek stated: "If there was one guy that would have been capable of staging his own death -- getting a phony death certificate and paying off some French doctor... And putting a hundred and fifty pound sack of sand into a coffin and splitting to some point on this planet -- Africa, who knows where -- it is Jim Morrison who would have been able to pull it off."

Jim Morrison's best friend Tom Baker, writing in High Times (June, 1981) had this to say: "I was very tempted to believe the rumors that Jim had faked his own death."

A group of fans actually went so far as to try to get Morrison's dental records, apparently to try to get permission to dig up his body and match the records to the remains. This was immediately blocked both by Morrison's parents and their attorneys -- at least for the time being.

It is known that Jim Morrison had repeatedly planted the seeds which would lead to this sort of speculation -- that he had somehow faked his own death and dropped out into a new identity. At the Fillmore in San Francisco in 1967, Jim started suggesting that he should pull a "death stunt" to bring national press attention onto the band. This was when he came up with the "Mr. Mojo Risin'" anagram which would be used after he "split to Africa" and wished to secretly contact friends.

Morrison also told Danny Sugarman and Jerry Hopkins on more than one occasion that he could see himself "radically changing careers, reappearing as a suited and neck-tied businessman." Jack Holzman's assistant Steve Harris even remembers Jim Morrison asking what might happen if he were to suddenly "die"... how might it affect business, record sales, the press, and would people believe it? With confidant Mary Francis Werebelow Jim "entertained long conversations about how the Disciples had stolen the body of Christ from the crypt, jokingly calling it the "Easter heist," etc."

In a Rolling Stone article for September 17, 1981, author Jerry Hopkins recounts many other Morrison sightings:

"The first one I remember was a beaut... He surfaced in San Francisco shortly after Morrison's death and began cashing checks in Morrison's name. He was not writing bad checks, mind you; it was his money he was spending. It was just that he was dressed as Jim would in his 'leather period', and that he told everyone that he was indeed the 'dead singer'.

"The telephone operator asked: 'will you accept a long distance collect call from Jim Morrison?' It was an interesting conversation..."

"Our conversations were unsettling. He told me to go to Paris and dig up the corpse, but that you would need permission from '12 Catholic Bishops' to do it... A visit to his home was more jarring. There at the end of one room was a Morrison 'shrine', converted with posters, flowers, religious icons -- the works!" -- Sugarman, pp. 33

Years later, I actually got the chance to visit and interview the shrine's owner, who claimed to be Jim Morrison. He told me matter-of-factly details about Hopkins, as well as that other reporters had actually burglarized the shrine in an attempt to get a scoop.

Another surreal sighting involved "Donny" of Baton Rouge, Lousiana. He described Jim Morrison at Morrison's home in 1978. Donny told his friend "Larry" about it, as Larry was trying to break in to the world of rock and roll:

"I remember Larry telling me about the whole wall of one room lined with books all across it. Every one of the books were about Satan, or had something to do with him. He also told me about a large chair that looked like a throne, on which this man sat and watched over his nude children running around... I guess that you can probably guess who that kinky old weird man was -- Jim Morrison, The Lizard King!" -- Sugarman, pp. 33

Another person named Rhea (the Greek goddess of fertility) claimed she was living with Jim Morrison in 1979 with their son "Jesse Blue James". She matter-of-factly claimed that Morrison had "evolved into a state of pure energy... And can materialize and dematerilize at will." She and Jim were also in direct telepathic communication and in "electromagnetic synch".

The Intelligence Connection and JM2

Rock icon Jim Morrison's father was an admiral in the United States Navy, privy to intelligence and counterintelligence information. His name is Steven Morrison. During the first few years surround Jim Morrison's "death" a number of interesting articles surfaced. These cited references showing various intelligence interests either in Morrison's underground activity; his "death" or that intelligence had even masterminded Morrison's death itself! One of the more explicit appeared in the Scandinavian magazine Dagblatte. This article detailed French intelligence efforts to assassinate Jim Morrison in Paris. Author Bernard Wolfe writing The Real Life Death of Jim Morrison for Esquire (June 1972) related the story of:

"Sherry, a Pasadena girl who knew Morrison well: "...I couldn't make sense out of the stories in the papers. Suppose he had a heart attack exactly as they reported, is that what he died of? My God, you might as well say that Ernest Hemingway died of "extensive brain damage". If you want to know the cause of Jim's death -- not just the physiology of it -- ask what triggered his heart to stop... And whose finger was on the trigger." -- Wolfe, pp. 106

In the first few years after Morrison's "death" the owner of B of A Communications, named James Douglas Morrison, claimed to be operating as an intelligence agent for a number of domestic and international groups including the CIA, NSA, Interpol, Swedish Inteligence and others. There are also connections between James Douglas Morrison and various occult groups with probable intelligence connections. [Author's note: from here on the B of A Morrison will be referred to as JM2].

The enclosed plates show several documents implicating him in intelligence circles. JM2 also claims to be the "dead" rock star and former singer for The Doors. The new JM2 dropped the old JM1 rock and roll identity to become a "James Bond" wearing the suit and tie that Morrison predicted when he was with The Doors.

This author has in fact seen what appear to be stacks of official-looking documents and letters between the CIA, various government agencies, national news groups like CNN and NBC and JM2, involving what looked like personal meetings, projects and ephemera. Of special interest is that when I viewed parts of the files, all the reports had a paper-thin metallic band affixed to them with colored UPC bar codes. There is no way for me to authenticate the claims of JM2, but everything looked extremely offical and very elaborate.

From about 1972 through 1992 JM2 has left a surreal trail of paper and appearances all over the world. These include letters to and from Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards and CIA Director William Colby, through the Washington, DC law firm of Colby, Miller and Hanes.

A courtroom transcript which I have seen implicates the FBI and CIA in several coverups regarding JM2's intelligence career. These show that there seems to be a sytematic destruction of files relating to JM2's spy activities. An enclosed plate also shows JM2's Swedish Intelligence ID card, obtained from the FBI through the Freedom of Information Act. Unfortunately the only copy I have is obscured in the facial area, but the ID numbers are intact. Also in my possession are files concerning JM2's rogue financial activities with the Bank of America, and news reports regarding lawsuits by and against JM2 for bank fraud and espionage, which he claims was done under intelligence auspices as part of financial experiments to destabilize foreign currencies and exchange rates.

There also appear to be hundreds if not thousands of miscellaneous files -- both classified and declassified -- regarding one James Douglas Morrison, dated after his "death" in 1971. These also refer to "WBC", a nom de plume of JM2. These look like real letters, documents, and court transcripts involving intelligence circles. These involve the CIA, Danish intelligence, and others. There is also an active passport and banking IDs under the name James Douglas Morrison.

Is this all for real or is this an elaborate hoax? It is not the scope of this work to determine the truth -- or lack of truth -- or the consequences of such activities. The important thing to note for the sake of this study is that someone or some group are actively pursuing and setting up a mass "urban legend" regarding James Morrison. They are painstakingly documenting it also. Whether this is a hoax or not is not as important as the fact that a lot of official-looking information is being generated surrounding the myth and legendry of Jim Morrison, his life and his supposed "death".

Just why might this be?

Multiple Morrisons

Like the "multiple Oswald" theories of Kennedy assassination buffs, there also exist rumors and urban legends describing the "multiple Morrison" theory.

The idea that Jim Morrison was in fact several different people and actors, or intelligence agents has been going on for some time. Besides the "Morrison" singing on the Phantom (now shown to be Iggy Pop) there also exist rumors that a Louisiana banker as well as Richard Tanguay -- a close friend of Mick Jagger -- perpetuated the hoax. Even High Times ran and old news story about someone claiming to be Jim Morrison (post 1971) running for governor of Louisiana! Supposedly Richard Tanguay (related to vaudeville legend Eva Tanguay) took the Morrison persona on, on several occasions, and even sang with The Doors when they toured Europe with the Rolling Stones. Is this possible?

In fact JM2 has claimed publicly that there have been numerous James Douglas Morrisons, and that they all knew one another and met from time to time to work it all out. The impersonations were part of CIA sociological experiments like Artichoke or MK-ULTRA.

It is impossible to substantiate wild stories like this. But the fact that there are people and groups out there making these claims in a big way and perpetuating "urban legends" about Jim Morrison is a curiosity in itself... And funny, in a dark sort of way