These kind of articles have been popping up lately, 10 things you didn’t know about Jim Morrison, the problem is that I already knew those things about Jim Morrison and I figured you, as Doors fans would too, maybe not a more causal rock audience or Beatles or Stones fan, but Doors fans would. The latest one to pop up is at Rock Square, and sure enough they include pretty well known Morrison facts.
Things the Rock Square list includes Jim Morrison had a high IQ, he wrote “Horse Latitudes” in high school, he was married in a Wiccan wedding ceremony (to Patricia Kennealy), He was shy offstage, he wrote, directed and starred in HWY, all things you can find in any decent Jim Morrison biography including Wikipedia. So I decided to put together my own list of things you didn’t know about Jim Morrison and/or The Doors, I didn’t quite make it to ten but here are some things Doors fans may not have known before.
1) Doors keyboardist, Ray Manzarek worked on the soundtrack of the 1975 movie “A Boy and his Dog” starring Don Johnson and Jason Robards (based on the Harlan Ellison novel). The credits for Manzarek’s name do read Ray Manczarek, the original spelling of his last name.
2) Jim Morrison signed a contract on 12/31/70 with Elektra Records and Jac Holzman for a spoken word poetry album.
3) June 1970 Jim Morrison visited France and was on the set of new wave director Jacques Demy’s film “Peau D’Ane” (see video above).
4) Among Jim Morrison’s effects found in Paris was one of Oliver Stone’s first screenplay’s titled “Break.” It was based on Stone’s experiences in Vietnam and had surrealistic scenes in it. Stone thought Morrison would be perfect as the lead character. Stone sent it to The Doors office and Kathy Lisciandro packed in with Morrison’s other papers.
5) That Ray Manzarek worked as a consultant on Stone’s “The Doors” (as well as John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Paul Rothchild, and Bruce Botnick) but envisioned a larger role for himself in the creation of the movie and butted heads with Stone until Stone banned him from the set.
6) A lot of fans find it astonishing that Jim Morrison was laid out on his Paris bed for three days until he was buried and want to find a conspiracy or something unusual in that. In fact it was a French tradition of lying out the deceased in their own beds for viewings prior to burial. This tradition was still practiced as late as the 1970’s.
I hope most Doors fans will find that these are some things you didn’t know about Jim Morrison and The Doors. (If you have know of any other little known Doors facts please pass them along!)
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