The James of Hollywood is a tributary title in honor of the many legendary James’ that have made their mark on Hollywood and Los Angeles History. Below is the story of the darkly poetic life of the legend that was Jim Morrison.
Unbeknownst to the world, in December 1943 a true legend was born. James “Jim” Morrison – The Lizard King, Mr. Mojo Risin’, the epitome of US counterculture, lived a life that could only be envisioned or properly understood in a psychedelic hallucination.
In the last five years of his life, he created something that no other man could create – a legendary status shrouded in mystery, fueled by ego, passion and illicit substances. But on December 8, 1943, nobody was to guess or expect the outcome of the soul that had just arrived on earth.
In his early childhood, Morrison was a quiet boy; a voracious reader and excellent student. His father’s naval career meant that the family moved frequently before settling in Virginia. Morrison’s teenage years experienced more rebellious nature, yet he remained an avid reader and decent student. He moved to his home state of Florida after high school to attend Florida State University, but Morrison found the experience lackluster. By 1966, he was enrolled in film studies at University of California Los Angeles where fate took its course.
The Doors, whose name was derived from William Blake’s The Doors of Perception, was born when Jim met bandmate Ray Manzerak, a fellow classmate on the beach in Venice, CA. Shortly after, Robby Krieger and John Densmore were recruited, and the band took on a life of its own.
The band cut their teeth on the stage of Whiskey-a-Go-Go, where they honed their stage presence and sent their fans into a frenzy eventually drawing the attention of talent agents. Their first album was released in 1967 followed by a new album every year until 1971. As the Doors were catapulted to fame, Morrison spiraled in rapid decline. For him, the “normalcy” of sex, drugs and rock and roll was heightened and coupled by depression. He became prone to violent and profane outbursts leading to an onstage arrest in New Haven and later convicted in Florida after a supposed incident of indecent exposure. While his attorney appealed the conviction, Morrison did not live to see the outcome and charges were posthumously dropped.
Morrison’s life was like a shooting star burning hot and bright, hurling through space and time only to burn out as quickly. 1971 Paris, France Morrison was found deceased at the age of 27 by his girlfriend. It was said that he died of heart failure, though no autopsy was performed. Buried in the Pere-Lachaisse cemetery in France, his grave remains one of the most visited sites today.
The James of Hollywood received its moniker as a tribute the many famous James’ involved in the Hollywood scene. Here, legends live on forever; steeped into the walls and the rich history.
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