the doors, jim morrison

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On March 1, 1969, Jim Morrison was arrested after a Doors show at the Dinner Key Auditorium (now the Coconut Grove Convention Center).

According to the police report, Morrison was charged with a number of legal infractions:
I. Lewd and lascivious behavior (felony)
II. Indecent exposure (misdemeanor)
III. Open profanity (misdemeanor)
IV. Drunkeness (misdemeanor)

Accounts of the what happened that night vary greatly according to witnesses. Morrison was acquitted of lewd and lascivious behavior, but was found guilty of indecent exposure and profanity, and he was sentenced to eight months in prison.

Morrison appealed and remained free on bail. He left for Paris with girlfriend Pamela in early 1971, where he died on July 3, 1971.

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jim morrison’s grandparents home

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Jim Morrison went to live with his paternal grandparents in 1961-62, when he attended classes at St. Petersburg College (then a junior college).

The home was demolished on Aug. 15, 2005. The developers (prominent Scientologist realtors in the area) auctioned the doors (get it?) on eBay to raise money for a charity. A series of condo towers were created on the property, and the developers have stated they would place a memorial plaque in the south tower where Jim Morrison would have lived.

The name The Doors comes from a William Blake quote: "“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.”

View a photo essay on Jim Morrison's grandparents' home from The St. Petersburg Times.

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jim morrison’s birthplace

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On December 8, 1943, James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was born at Brevard Hospital at this location.

Since then, the building has changed ownership many times, but has kept its general construction, most notably the curved-linear facade.

The son of a future Navy rear admiral (George Stephen Morrison), the Morrisons moved a great deal while Jim was growing up. The elder Morrison was unsupportive of Jim's musical ambitions, and by the time Jim Morrison had graduated from UCLA he had cut ties with his family.

When a neighbor brought over The Doors debut album to George Morrison, he wrote Jim a letter asking him, "to give up any idea of singing or any connection with a music group because of what I consider to be a complete lack of talent in this direction.'

The relationship was nonexistent after that point.

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morrison apartments

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Jim Morrison lived on the roof of this building in the summer of 1965. He would eat meals at his friend's (Dennis Jacob) apartment, stare at the ocean while tripping on LSD, and slept outside on the roof.

The current owner of this building is obviously aware of the legacy, because the name of the building is the Morrison Apartments.

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In the late 60's, Jim Morrison purchased a boutique for his long-time girlfriend Pam Courson. Named Themis, it featured fashions from around the world and became a hangout for Jim and Pam's circle of friends.

Up the stairs from this location is where the post-production of HWY took place, where Jim Morrison, Frank Lisciandro, Paul Ferrara and Babe Hill assembled an unwatchable film.

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