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July 14, 1991
For the past several years I have been writing a book on Jim Morrison, which is being published by William Morrow & Co. I would appreciate hearing from anyone with new information, photos or documents relating to Morrison. JAMES RIORDAN P.O. Box 755 Moorpark, CA 93021
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October 2, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Wednesday's verdict absolving concert promoter AEG Live of responsibility for Michael Jackson's untimely death in 2009 while preparing for what was to be a major career comeback raises the question of whether the spotlight will ever return to the superstar's musical legacy, one that yielded, among many other achievements, “Thriller,” the biggest selling album by a solo artist in history. Will Jackson's legacy be inextricably intertwined with the sad and often tawdry details of his personal life after his star went into decline, and the seemingly endless legal battles related to his death?
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June 5, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
An ancient plant eating lizard that looked like an iguana but was closer in size to a German shepherd has been named after Jim Morrison, the late troubled and charismatic lead singer of the Doors. It is called  Barbaturex morissoni . The lizard's name was chosen by Jason Head, a paleontologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a hard-core Doors fan since college. PHOTOS: 10 shocking facts about turtles "Morrison really liked lizards and snakes, and his lyrics and poetry used a lot of descriptions of ancient places," said Head.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2013 | By Martha Groves
From Venice Beach comes a seemingly simple tale of art imitating art, complicated by the ghost of a rock 'n' roll legend. In early 1969, a pioneering Venice muralist thought it would be a kick to paint a trompe l'oeil street scene on the back exterior wall of his studio, so that if an observer stood across the street and looked left and right he'd see the same view, more or less. From a distance that allowed ample perspective, artist Victor Henderson photographed a motley stretch of structures just down the block, with a slip of the calm Pacific in the background.
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March 11, 2005 | From Associated Press
Thirty-four years after his death, the state of Florida has found and restored what it believes to be the earliest film of Jim Morrison, shot in the early 1960s when he was a student at Florida State University. In the FSU promotional film, Morrison plays a clean-cut prospective student who is denied enrollment at the school. Morrison, who became lead singer of the Doors, attended FSU before enrolling in UCLA's film school. He died in Paris in 1971 at age 27.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 1991 | DENNIS HUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Which is the real Jim Morrison? At your video store, you're offered two very different perspectives of the late lead singer/songwriter of the '60s psychedelic group the Doors. In LIVE's "The Doors," director Oliver Stone's feature film about Morrison's rise and fall, the rock star is portrayed by Val Kilmer as arrogant, selfish, self-destructive and thoroughly unlikable. The documentary "The Doors: Soft Parade--a Retrospective," on MCA/Universal at $19.95, presents an opposite view.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 1991 | DENNIS HUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With director Oliver Stone's film "The Doors" as the driving force, a new generation of fans is turning on to the rock band, which thrived in the late '60s. Those inspired to see how the Doors lead singer, Jim Morrison, who died in 1971, really looked in concert can select from four videos that show the band in action. The videos also enable viewers to compare Val Kilmer's performance with Morrison and to gauge how much of the film is fact and how much Hollywood glorification.
NEWS
December 31, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Democrats are often accused of being soft on crime, while Republicans usually see themselves as the opposite. But when it comes to dealing with pardons for dead figues, all bets are off. On his last day in office Friday, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat, announced that he will not pardon the mythic western outlaw, Billy the Kid. Earlier this month, outgoing Republican Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida successfully pushed for a pardon for...
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May 29, 1991 | RAY LOYND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The music's over for Jim Morrison. He's bloated and boozy but still the dangerous poet, spilling his invective into a tape recorder between drinks and just before oblivion. It's 1971, the last 36 hours of Morrison's life in a Paris apartment shared with his longtime companion Pamela Courson and the ghosts of his incendiary stardom.
NEWS
October 7, 2000 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In tribute, Anke Bettenfeld, a nurse from Germany, came to the hillside tomb singing "Roadhouse Blues." She wanted to leave a can of beer as a sign of remembrance, but the guard told her to put it back in her bag. So instead, the 22-year-old woman with strawberry-red dyed hair thoughtfully smoked a cigarette while gazing on the grave. Meanwhile, a closed-circuit TV camera hidden in a street light monitored her and other pilgrims who were arriving.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
It was a battle that John Densmore wishes didn't require  the beating of his drum, but one that his conscience wouldn't let him sidestep when he decided to sue his former bandmates in the Doors, keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger. At issue was their use of the Doors' name for a new round of touring without long-departed lead singer Jim Morrison. Densmore's case against his fellow surviving members of the L.A. rock quartet -- and their $40-million counter-suit against him -- forms the core of Densmore's new book, “The Doors Unhinged: Jim Morrison's Legacy Goes On Trial” (Baker & Taylor, $24.95)
SCIENCE
June 5, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
An ancient plant eating lizard that looked like an iguana but was closer in size to a German shepherd has been named after Jim Morrison, the late troubled and charismatic lead singer of the Doors. It is called  Barbaturex morissoni . The lizard's name was chosen by Jason Head, a paleontologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a hard-core Doors fan since college. PHOTOS: 10 shocking facts about turtles "Morrison really liked lizards and snakes, and his lyrics and poetry used a lot of descriptions of ancient places," said Head.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2013 | Randy Lewis
When the Doors were still a fledgling quartet, and the band members were honing their chops playing five sets a night at the London Fog club in Hollywood, it wasn't rock stardom on keyboardist Ray Manzarek's mind as he and his three bandmates laid down an extended jam for their debut album that ran more than seven minutes. Manzarek was thinking more of one of his jazz heroes when he cribbed some of John Coltrane's ideas from the saxophonist's recording of "My Favorite Things" for his own solo in the song that would become the Doors' signature hit, and one of the defining singles of the 1960s: "Light My Fire.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2013 | By August Brown
The death Monday of Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek was a sad mark in the ledger of L.A. rock history. But although the Doors are a classic-rock radio staple, the band's vision of L.A. -- seductive and evil, gaudy and threatening -- has stayed powerful for younger artists in the city as well. On the surface, the L.A. experimental noise quartet Health sounds little like the Doors -- it's recently played Coachella, the FYF Fest and scored the soundtrack to the video game "Max Payne 3 . " But the quartet shares the Doors' sense of Los Angeles as a city of intertwining lust and violence, and Manzarek's ear for re-imagining how a rock band could work.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
When Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek died Monday, he left behind a musical legacy that included 15 singles that made Billboard's hot 100 list, including the songs "Light My Fire," "Waiting for the Sun," "Touch Me," "Riders on the Storm," and "People Are Strange. " Less well known is his literary legacy, which included a memoir and two novels. The memoir was "Light My Fire: My Life With the Doors. " Manzarek was uniquely positioned to tell the story of the Doors, having begun the band with Jim Morrison after they met in Venice, Calif., in 1965.
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May 20, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Keyboardist Ray Manzarek, the founding member of the Doors whose piercing electric organ sound defined their career-establishing hit “Light My Fire” and most of the L.A. group's cornerstone songs, died Monday in Germany after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer, his publicist said. He was 74. "I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today," Doors guitarist Robby Krieger said in a statement.  "I'm just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade.  Ray was a huge part of my life, and I will always miss him. " Manzarek and Jim Morrison decided to form a band built around Morrison's poetry after they met in Venice, Calif., in 1965, while both were attending film school at UCLA.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2005 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
Just for the record, Cheri Woods is no fan of the Doors. Jim Morrison's band was too dark, too druggy. "No, I'm an Elvis nut. I did like that one song ... what was it? 'Light My Fire'?" Still, Woods has been on a crash course in all things Doors that has included hours of research, memorabilia shopping and a seance. These are the things you do if you run a two-bedroom Morrison Hotel. "It's $200 a night," Woods says in a chirpy voice, "or $1,000 for a week."
NEWS
March 10, 1991 | PAT H. BROESKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since his death in 1971 at age 27, Jim Morrison has come to signify the glory and the decadence of the '60s saga of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. But beyond the hedonism and beyond the music, the Doors' lead singer had another side. Morrison wanted to be a poet--not just the writer of many of the song lyrics that were a Doors signature, but of serious verse. In a 1969 interview with Jerry Hopkins in Rolling Stone, Morrison called poetry "eternal."
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Jimmy Fallon, who has made high art out of his impersonation of Neil Young, gets a shot at getting inside the mind -- and tight leather pants -- of another Rock and Roll Hall of Famemember on his show tonight when he fills in for the Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison during an appearance by the group's original drummer, John Densmore. With a lot of help from Fallon's house band, the Roots, they plan to tackle the Doors' rave-up “Roadhouse Blues,” in which Fallon will get to spout that classic opening line, “Well I woke up this morning and I got myself a beer.” GRAPHIC: Jimmy Fallon's musical moments Densmore, 68, is visiting Fallon's show to discuss his new book, “The Doors Unhinged: Jim Morrison's Legacy Goes on Trial.” No, it's not an account of the notorious criminal case in Florida in which Morrison was charged with indecent exposure during a concert.
NEWS
December 31, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Democrats are often accused of being soft on crime, while Republicans usually see themselves as the opposite. But when it comes to dealing with pardons for dead figues, all bets are off. On his last day in office Friday, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat, announced that he will not pardon the mythic western outlaw, Billy the Kid. Earlier this month, outgoing Republican Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida successfully pushed for a pardon for...
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