If ever an individual was divided by strife, inwardly (his music) and outwardly (courtroom convictions and appeals) it was James Douglas Morrison who died at 27 in Paris.
His manager, William Siddons, said last week that Morrison, lead singer of the Doors died peacefully on July 2 and was buried privately in a French cemetery.
Sources later quoted Paris police as saying Morrison suffered a heart attack in his bathtub. Subsequent reports indicate the cause of death was pneumonia.
How ironic. And Miamians should be especially aware of this.
It was here, more than two years ago, that the career of Jim Morrison, self proclaimed “Lizard King,” Street Punk-Turned-Poet, and rock superstar, came to a sudden, though not unexpected end.
It was here, not Paris, that the “erotic politician” and so called “King Of Orgasmic Rock” actually died.
Miamians and other got their first glimpse of the Doors in 1968 on television. They performed their hit, “Light My Fire” on the Ed Sullivan Show.
It wasn’t much of a performance, except that the long haired singer was wearing what appeared to be much to tight leather pants (which) could have made Rasputin look away in discomfort. ( “…but the little girls, they understand.”)