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  • John 8:00 am on September 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    The Doors – Live At Fillmore East (NYC) & More! 

    The Doors photos are from a Life magazine shoot and I believe most were never used.

    There’s a big Wonderland post going up this Friday, stay tuned.

     
  • John 9:40 am on September 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: crossroads of the world, , ray manzarek, sunset, the doors   

    Ray Manzarek’s High School Days 

    Ray grew up in Chicago and attended St. Rita High School. He loved basketball and if his coach had allowed him to play power forward rather than guard, he could have gone in that direction and we might not be having this conversation. That’s according to Ray. I guess he was pretty good at hoops.

    First up, I wanted to share this observation. John Holmes showed up in the late 60s to “audition” for Bill Amerson at his office behind Crossroads of the World in L.A. Meanwhile, the Doors were recording their first couple of albums at Sunset Sound Studios. They are across the street from each other.

    Crossroads of the World (circled, middle left) and Sunset Sound Studios (lower right) where the Doors recorded their first couple of albums.

    Crossroads of the World (circled, middle left) and Sunset Sound Studios (lower right) where the Doors recorded their first couple of albums.

    Ray. 1955 Senior photo.

    Ray. 1955 Junior photo.

    Ray. 1954 Sophomore photo.

    Ray. 1954 Sophomore photo.

     

    Ray. 1953 Freshman photo.

    Ray. 1953 Freshman photo.

     
    • criticextraordinaire 7:15 pm on September 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      John Holmes was the man. Who knows, if he had crossed the street and checked in on Jim and the guys, he could have become the fifth Door.

      • localarts 7:42 pm on September 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Carrying the banner for john holmes in one hand and your dick in the other. Odyssey is right, you’re one sick mother fucker. Probably Laurie Holmes incognito.

        • criticextraordinaire 3:23 pm on September 22, 2013 Permalink

          Laurie Holmes Incognito? I didn’t know she got remarried. What does Mr. Incognito do, is he in the biz?

        • Tori 1:41 pm on September 26, 2013 Permalink

          In my wonderland movie the second disc it’s the WADD movie about John holmes and Laurie is in it putting in all her two cents. John didn’t love her he was so messed up that he didn’t remember marrying her! Laurie was such a bitch she didn’t even let john god children in the room on his death bed!!

    • dreamweaverjenn 9:04 am on September 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Somehow I doubt that, lol but who knows?

      • The Odyssey 10:39 pm on September 20, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Forget all that. Prince recorded 1999 and Purple Rain at Sunset Sound and wrote little red corvette in the parking lot.

        • criticextraordinaire 5:41 pm on September 21, 2013 Permalink

          All that stuff that Prince sang about doing… Johnny Wadd actually did.

      • Tori 1:12 pm on September 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        It’s in the WADD movie interviewed by Laurie herself 🙂

    • Bonnie Brae 12:55 pm on September 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Hey – Isn’t that also where the Tropicana use to be as well as Dukes coffee shop??? The doors office is where Danny was answering the Doors fan mail.

    • Jill C. Nelson 3:13 pm on September 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      “In my wonderland movie the second disc it’s the WADD movie about John holmes and Laurie is in it putting in all her two cents. John didn’t love her he was so messed up that he didn’t remember marrying her! Laurie was such a bitch she didn’t even let john god children in the room on his death bed!!”

      Hi Tori, I realize I’m stickler about some of this stuff, but as I’ve posted on this forum before, John did love Laurie and her eight-year old son (John’s stepchild) very much and he proved it in the five years they had together. In the second edition of our book, for the first time Laurie allowed photos of John and her son together to be published. Laurie was approached to be interviewed in WADD just as Sharon and Dawn were interviewed and a whole slew of other people. She had the same right to share her memories as they did.

      After completing four plus years of research writing Holmes’s biography, we learned the truth about many aspects of John’s personal life that were not revealed in the WADD documentary or were left out. We had access to all of the material when we wrote the book — as with anything else, when you can see the whole picture, your perception can change.

      Sean Amerson, John’s godson, also read our book and afterwards, he wrote to us and thanked us. He said that after completing the book, for the first time in his life he understood why Laurie followed John’s request about not allowing anyone in to see him at the hospital when he was dying. it was hard for him to realize that. The only people who visited John during those last months were John’s mother, his half-brother David, Laurie, and Laurie’s son. After knowing Laurie Holmes for more than six years, we have become friends and I can’t help it, I have to stick up for her when I read something that I know isn’t true. Our objective was that our book would help to clarify a lot of misinformation not only about Holmes, but also about the people in his life, including Bill Amerson. Both Sean and Bill himself told us that Bill Amerson does not tell the truth about a lot of things. He and Holmes had a very strange and complex “friendship”.

      • Tori 1:14 pm on September 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Yes I’ve read your book. And porn king. There’s so many different aspects from everyone. I just thought who is Laurie to say he can’t see his god children, his wife yes? But they were long time friends

        • Tori 1:16 pm on September 27, 2013 Permalink

          And I’m not bashing Laurie. It’s just how WADD made her look . And the Amersons . Not so good.

    • Jill C. Nelson 3:29 pm on September 27, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I understand what you mean. 🙂 Yes, WADD did paint Laurie in a poor light in certain portions. With respect to John and the Amersons, Laurie was fulfilling John’s wishes at the time of his dying. There is a lot more to most stories than meets the eye, and usually, there are multiple sides. It depends on who is doing the telling.

      • Tori 1:18 am on September 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        I also understand that a lot of people lie to get themselves out there and to sell a story u know

  • John 10:51 am on September 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: high school, , the doors   

    Photos From Jim Morrison’s Freshman Yearbook 

    In 1958, Jim Morrison attended Alameda High School in Alameda, just south of Oakland, CA. I have never read any books about Jim, so this may be old news to some. Either way, I hope you like the post.

    The freshman class only had group photos of their homeroom included in the yearbook. I guess that individual portraits were also taken, but they are not included in the yearbook.

    9th grade. 1958.

    9th grade. 1958. Mrs. Henry’s home room class.

    Jim was also on the Junior Varsity swim team. This photo is a lot clearer, easy to see him.

    1958 Alameda High School. JV Swim Team.

    1958 Alameda High School. JV Swim Team.

     
    • pamelasusancoursonmorrison 11:14 pm on September 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Pamela Courson Inspirations .

    • dreamweaverjenn 9:04 am on September 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Damn, you can just tell how FINE he would be one day……

    • Annie 11:43 am on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Mrs. Henry was my Spanish teacher for 2 yrs when I was there but I graduated in 1977! 🙂

    • Margaret Tudor 9:43 pm on January 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for posting these vintage photos of Jim’s high school days! I’ve never seen them before, what a treat! I have read that he was an expert swimmer so I guess it makes sense he was on his school’s swim team! 🙂

    • Jill Nelson 9:09 am on January 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful pictures! I’ve never seen them before either. Thanks. No One Here Gets Out Alive is one of the best bios I’ve ever read.

    • Steve brown. 12:39 am on February 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      At Alameda High, freshman classes just had, group pictures, only seniors had individual photos,
      I know this because I was a classmate of his, the second one on the right of jim in the group shot steve brown

  • John 3:21 pm on August 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: danny sugerman, fawn hall, , manzarek, the doors,   

    Danny Sugerman’s Wonderland Avenue House 

    Thanks to Bonnie and Julia… you can now view the house that DOORS manager, Danny Sugerman, lived in on Wonderland Ave. I did a bunch of searches and nobody had it posted anywhere. Most DOORS fan sites said that you would have to take a drive up there and just guess. Well, not anymore.

    The Sugerman house is on the left side as you approach 8763. You can see it in Bonnie’s “Driving to Nash’s” video. She says “Sugermans house is on the right at 55 seconds. Identifiable by the car parked on curb in front facing in the opposite direction.”

    Go here to see photos and read the back-story for finding Danny’s house.

    Thanks for visiting!

    Of course, I had to include Danny’s yearbook photo! 😉  RIP Danny.

    * * * * * * * * * 

    Daniel Stephen “Danny” Sugerman (October 11, 1954 – January 5, 2005) was the second manager of the Los Angeles-based rock band The Doors, and wrote several books about Jim Morrison and The Doors, including No One Here Gets Out Alive (co-authored with Jerry Hopkins), and the autobiography Wonderland Avenue. Sugerman began working with The Doors when he was 12 years old, starting out answering their fan mail. By the age of 17, Sugarman replaced the original Doors manager, Bill Siddons, shortly after Morrison’s death in 1971. Sugerman attended Westchester High School in Los Angeles, where he regularly authored articles about The Doors in the student newspaper. He graduated in 1972. He later went on to manage Ray Manzarek‘s solo-career and first album. He was also Iggy Pop‘s manager for a period, and produced his song “Repo Man“, before they both ended up in Californian State mental hospitals suffering from drug and alcohol addiction syndrome. He also wrote Appetite For Destruction: The Days of Guns N’ Roses in 1991. He helped film director Oliver Stone with the production of the 1991 movie The Doors.

    Sugerman married Fawn Hall of the Iran–Contra affair fame in 1991 and they remained married until his death. They briefly met MP3.com co-founder Rod Underhill while Hall was employed there. Underhill later stated that “Sugerman was very interesting. He had appeared to go out of his way to appear visually like Jim Morrison. Same type of haircut, similar clothing. The similarity was uncanny.” Sugerman discussed his idolisation of Morrison in detail, in part of one of his books Wonderland Avenue. Sugerman was a recovering heroin addict who found solace in Buddhism.

    1972 Westchester High School, CA. Senior photo.

    1972 Westchester High School, CA. Senior photo.

     
    • Brandy 6:26 pm on August 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I literally just read his book. WEIRD!

    • Bonnie Brae 9:00 pm on August 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      This picture is not in any of his books or anywhere on the internet because I have never seen it.!
      So thank you for this!
      super awesome!
      Such a fantastic book!

      • Bonnie Brae 9:20 pm on August 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        In the book, he talked about that douche step dad wanting him to cut his hair and how he would cut a little here and there but still try to keep it as long as possible satisfying authority and himself. This picture shows the hair cut that he described in his book.

        • John 10:18 am on August 30, 2013 Permalink

          I’m going to read the book again this weekend. I had left it in my friend’s car, and just got it back.

    • Jill C. Nelson 10:04 am on August 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      “Thanks to Bonnie and Julia… you can now view the house that DOORS manager, Danny Sugerman, lived in on Wonderland Ave. I did a bunch of searches and nobody had it posted anywhere.”

      Just a little tie-in to the Doors and Wonderland Ave.: I don’t know if you were aware John that Bob Chinn had gone to U.C.L.A. film school in the early-mid – ’60s with Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek and the three were friends. At the time, Jim and Ray were aspiring writers/musicians. Val Kilmer was blown away when Bob told him (while he was a consultant to Kilmer on the Wonderland film) as he’d (obviously also) played Jim Morrison in The Doors feature film. It’s a nice story for me too since next to The Beatles, The Doors are my favourite band. 😉

      • John 10:11 am on August 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Same here, Jill. I am also a big Eric Burdon fan. He worked with Robby Krieger and toured together over the years. Before I was 21, Eric and Robby were coming to Houston. It was at a nicer club and so I put on a suit, and without a fake ID, my friend and I got in. It was an amazing show. Lots of Animals, WAR, and Doors. Burdon has a deep enough voice that he could pull of a few Doors tunes. It was an amazing night. Opening for them was Shirley Hemphill, the comedienne from What’s Happenin’? the TV show. She had a very “blue” act, it was great.

    • Jill C. Nelson 10:25 am on August 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I am also a fan of Eric Burdon and in the 1980s, my husband and I saw perform solo on a double bill with John Kay of Steppenwolf. It was awesome. Seeing Robby Krieger and Eric Burdon together would have been fantastic — nice touch that Burdon performed some Doors tunes. Morrison wouldn’t be easy to replicate.

      Actually, I am presently working on a memoir about a 6 month road trip I took with a friend when we were 17 & 18 years old: youth hostelling, and hitchiking our way across B.C. and down into Washington, Oregon and California. The reason I mention it is because I kept a journal during our trip (otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to remember most of what happened) and in it, are lists of the bands, albums, and song lyrics that were prevalent during that year (1976) and were significant to us in some way. I’m trying to incorporate as many mentions of the musicians/bands or lyric snippets into the story that I can. So far, it’s been a real trip down memory lane and (mostly) in a good way. In retrospect, we were stupid to hitchhike (2400 miles in all), but it was the ’70s and a whole different set of rules applied. 😉 Anyway, music has always been a huge part of my life so it’s great to have a small opportunity to honor many of these great bands and influences of a couple of decades (’60s & ’70s) in some way. The title of the book will be ‘1976: Tapes from California,’ named after an LP/song written by one of my all-time favourite folk artists, the late great Phil Ochs.

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