Jim Morrison, The Doors lead singer, died of heart failure in a bath in Paris on 2 July 1971. He was 27. Former members of band marked the 40th anniversary of Jim Morrison’s death in Paris.
On Sunday (July 2), keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger lit candles at Morrison’s grave in the city’s Père Lachaise cemetery. (Photographer Bobby Klein)
Hundreds of Morrison fans, some wearing T-shirts bearing the words 40th Anniversary, left flowers at the grave. Others sang and others read poems to mark the day. This photo is of Morrison and Marc Benno, taken in 1971 by Frank Lisciandro.
Fans visting Morrison’s grave spoke to Associated Press. David Martin from Italy told them: “I’ve spent half my life thinking about Jim Morrison. He was more than just a singer. We were here for the 30th anniversary. We’ll be here again for the 50th.” This photo shows the band at the Bronson Caves, and is taken by Bobby Klein.
Pulp played tribute to Morrison during their headlining slot at the Wireless Festival on Sunday (July 3). Frontman Jarvis Cocker referenced the fact that it was the 40th anniversary of Doors frontman Jim Morrison’s death, paying tribute to the singer before playing ’Pink Glove’, from 1994’s ‘His’n’Hers’ album.
Another photo by Bobby Klein. Klein documented the band for three years and was the first official photographer of the band. He took the band’s first publicity shots in California.
Morrison is pictured here with partner Pamela Courson. She inherited his fortune following his death but became a reclusive heroin addict. On April 25, 1974, she died of a heroin overdose at her Los Angeles home.
In NME’s poll of The Greatest Singers Jim Morrison landed at Number 14.
When You’re Strange was a documentary about the band, which keyboardist Ray Manzareck called “the real story…the anti – Oliver Stone”, in reference to the 1991 film with Val Kilmer. The doc won the 2011 Grammy for Best Long Form Music Vide.
The Doors of Perception is running at Proud Camden from now until 21st August 2011. Visit the website for more. This week’s mag asks the question: Jim Morrison – legend or loser?