Now this one I am looking forward to and hopefully it will turn up on Amazon UK soon. This is the guy Jim Morrison described at UCLA as the only guy he ever met who had read more books than he had. He worked with Roger Corman in Corman's earliest phase and also Francis Ford Coppola who was another one of the early Corman crowd. Corman had some fantastic movie ideas but was potless so they always look a bit cheap and cheesy.
Later he worked with Frank on one of his lesser known works Apocalypse Now. Happens to be one of my all time fave movies since it came out. And that is not because it includes The End in the soundtrack.....fucking hell I ain't that shallow Made me a huge fan of Martin Sheen and even though i have not read Heart of Darkness , AP gave me a damn good idea what it's themes explored. Dennis may well have been the one who suggested Coppola took the end segment and put it at the beginning juxtaposed with The End. Still to me the most amazing opening segment of any movie I have seen....and I seen a few this last 50 years.
Add to that a Morrison connection BEFORE The Doors and is a guy that hopefully will interest me on several levels.
Product Description Summer with Morrison, a new book by Dennis C. Jakob, explores the time in the singer’s life from film school at UCLA to the first stages of his fame. Jakob tells the story from a unique perspective, for he was Morrison’s roommate and fellow filmmaker for most of this period.
The book covers Morrison’s early relationship with the mysterious Mary Werbelow, his night-stalking forays into the dark corners of Venice, CA, his trips through Big Sur and down through Mexico, and covers the philosophical and literary influences that later surfaced in his music.
Summer with Morrison includes twenty-five never-before-seen photographs taken by the author, and a forward by respected LA poet (and Morrison’s fellow film-student) Michael C Ford.
First third is a memoir, but not of Morrison the superstar; rather, before he became a 'Door', (and before the author became a filmmaker). Both met at UCLA filmschool, and were for a time roomies. — second third records eclectic & brilliant conversations between the two. — last third is a gallery of unpublished photos of J. Morrison by the author, b&w & color. — Introduction by Michael C. Ford.
Dennis C. Jakob was born in Irvington New Jersey. Moving to Southern California, he attended elementary and high schools in Pasadena. Later, receiving his BA from the motion picture division of Theatre Arts at UCLA, where his 1st novel "The Undiscovered Country" earned first honorable mention in the Samuel Goldwyn literary competition. Graduate studies in the UCLA School Of Cinema Arts was followed by seminal recognition for his first film project: "The Invaders." After sporadic mentoring experience with the likes of Arthur Ripley, Roger Corman and Francis Ford Coppola, his first film editing assignments were for the Corman Company. They included montage sequences in "The Trip," "Devil’s Angels" and "The Young Racers." He began working as a story editor and creative consultant for Coppola at Zoetrope culminating in his choice assignment as one of the principal editors on the 1979 movie: Apocalypse Now. Interestingly, it was D.C. Jakob who advised Coppola to use Joseph Conrad’s novel "Heart Of Darkness" as a template for the basic Apocalypse Now story line. That assignment was preceded by being invited by Bobby Darin to be a film cutter on his production entitled "The Dealer," the undertaking of which found Dennis literally cutting film in Sandra Dee’s kitchen. In the ensuing decades, Jakob has been involved in a hermetically sealed career which has produced, not only the autobiographic tome you now hold, but two novels: "The Coast Watchers" and "The Sand Painter;" plus the thoroughly enchanting memoir: "Going to Goethe" as well as two evocative screenplays: a noir detective story Stella and the vicious and violent Unknown Soldier. He currently resides in Northern California’s Napa Valley.
Morrison and a college roommate, Dennis Jakob, had joked about forming a rock duo called The Doors: Open & Closed. Their repertory was to consist of two songs: "I’m Hungry" and "Want." -Digby Diehl EYE magazine [April 1968]