I sure have Alex, when I lived in L.A. I lived about 4 blocks east of there. I used to think it was someone's way of pointing out the building where Jim stayed & it does look like it could fill the bill, up the back is a fire escape that goes right over the top of the building. I later found out the correct building is on the other end of the beach from there.
It's right on the beach, off Main St, (I think) in Venice, high tourist area. You can see area's of it in a lot of movies, including The Doors movie where ValJim follows PamMeg from the beach, although in the movie you can only see a small portion of it, it's about a mile strip of shops, right off the beach, parts of it are in a lot of movies if you know what you're looking for.
I've seen the mural and took a photo of it the last time I was in Los Angeles which was April 1999. I remember aiming the camera trying to avoid getting to much of the dumpster in my shot. Unfortunately the dumpster ended up in my photo anyway.
The mural is 6 blocks North of Venice Blvd. Between the boardwalk (Main Street) and Pacific Avenue at 18th and Speedway. It's too bad they have a fenced in area with a dumpster blocking the bottom part of the mural.
I think you'd find Venice Beach a cool place to visit. Alot of the buildings have murals on them. Some murals cover the entire sides of buildings. There is a cement skate/bike path along the beach and lots of shops along the boardwalk. Street performers do their thing along the beach entertaining the tourists and theres an interesting glass blowing shop that allows the public to see their wares being made.
I walked along the canals too. The water is kind of nasty but the houses and bridges were beautiful.
From the book: Moonlight Drive by Chuck Crisafulli (p.26)
"I wrote 'Break On Through' one morning down in the (Venice) canals. I was walking over a bridge. I guess it's about a girl, a girl I knew at the time." - Jim Morrison
Post by TheWallsScreamedPoetry on Mar 18, 2011 12:16:53 GMT
Directions to the Jim Morrison mural: From the main thoroughfare of Pacific Avenue in Venice (not Santa Monica, as some readers have wondered), take Windward Ave to the beach. As you turn onto Windward, it will look like you're heading into a dead end street. Don't worry; it's NOT a dead end. When the road ends, you will come to an alley, and that's where you'll turn LEFT. From that point, you can see the mural. Just drive up close and admire! The alley really does have a name...Speedway St. If you're bringing along a Thomas Guide (book of LA maps) in your car, then you WILL find Speedway listed for Venice, FYI.
A morning shot of the mural.
The other Morrison mural at 7000 Hawthorn LaBreaLos Angeles, 90046