Like it or not, the reason most people visit Pere-Lachaise the first time is to see JIM. Jim, for the uninitiated, is James Douglas Morrison, aka The Lizard King and Mr. Mojo Risin’ (an anagram of Jim Morrison), lead singer for the late 1960s/early 1970s rock group the Doors. Morrison visited Paris in March 1971 and never left.
Jim Morrison was born in Melbourne, Florida, the first of three children of George and Clara Morrison. He became interested in philosophy and writing at an early age but gravitated far from the mainstream, preferring Nietzsche, Kerouac, Ginsberg and Ferlinghetti to more traditional fare. He was particularly attracted to French writers, including Charles Baudelaire, Moliere, Honore de Balzac and Jean Cocteau. He attended college in Florida, where he was arrested for a drunken prank, before transferring to UCLA in Los Angeles in 1964. At UCLA he took classes in comparative literature, film and theater arts. In the summer of 1965, when Morrison was residing on a rooftop in Venice Beach, reportedly living on canned beans and LSD, he and fellow UCLA student Ray Manzarek formed the group the Doors, with Morrison as lead singer and Manzarek as keyboardist and backup vocalist. The group’s name was taken from Aldous Huxley’s book, The Doors of Perception. Soon after, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Keieger were added to the group.
The band recorded their self-titled album in late summer 1966. In early 1967 a three-minute single version (cut down from the seven-minute album version) of Light My Fire hit the radio waves and catapulted the band to fame. Light My Fire rocketed to number one on the billboard chart and sold over a million copies. From the release of Light My Fire to Morrison’s death, the band was virtually unstoppable, if, at the time, erraticand Morrison’s on-and-off stage life became more and more unpredictable. In December 1967 he was maced in a bathroom by a policeman prior to a performance in New Haven, Connecticut, for what is best described as disagreeable behavior. Much of Morrison’s behavior can be attributed to his increased intake of alcohol and its predictably unpredictable consequences. It all culminated on March 1, 1969 in what is called the Miami Incident. Although there are varied and exaggerated accounts of what happened, most agree that a seriously inebriated Morrison decided to expose himself to a crowd of 12,000 fans at the Dinner Key Auditorium The Dade County Sheriffs office took a dim view of Morrison’s antics (whether he actually exposed himself is the stuff of legend and conjecture) and arrested him Morrison refused to accept a plea deal, which entailed performing a free concert, and he was sentenced to 6 months of hard labor and a $500 fine. Morrison remained free on appeal and eventually, in 2010, was posthumously pardoned.
The Doors continued recording, releasing the album Morrison Hotel in 1970, and Jim Morrison’s final album L. A. Woman released in 1971 (Morrisonleft for Paris when the recording was finished). During the time the Doors were performing and recording, Morrison continued writing poetry.
When you send again, I entreat you rather send but thirty carpenters, husbandmen, gardeners, fishermen, blacksmiths, mason, and diggers up of trees’ roots, well provided, than a thousand such as we have. South Sudan Map Tourist Attractions Nothing is to be expected thence, but by labor. In 16091610, the colony faced its third winter. Although there were now 700 inhabitants, the settlement again barely survived. After that season, known as the starving time, the remaining population numbered only 60. Most died from disease and starvation. In 1609, John Smith, injured by exploding gunpowder, was forced to return to England. He would later make two more voyages to the New England region. Finally, in 1616, he compiled his observations in a document called the Countrie of Massachussetts, which is the Paradise of all those parts.
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