Fans campaign to turn Jim Morrison’s childhood home into a designated historical site

The house is located in north-east Albuquerque, with Morrison living at the property from the ages of 12 to 14

The Doors fans are calling for the preservation of singer Jim Morrison‘s former house in New Mexico.

Morrison lived at the property, situated in north-east Albuquerque, from the ages of 12 to 14, while his father worked at the nearby Kirtland Air Force Base.

According to local news channel KOAT, historian and fan Anthony Gomez is campaigning to make Morrison’s childhood home a designated historical site. “Living in Albuquerque for a while, I think he should have a spot here,” Gomez said.

The current owner of the house, Thelma Lue appeared unconvinced on the idea but claimed that she’s unaffected by pilgrimage trips of Doors fans. “It doesn’t bother me. They’ve all been very thoughtful and nice,” said Lue.

A new documentary about Morrison is currently in production. Before The End: Jim Morrison Comes Of Age will look at the life of the late singer, examining his early years through to his death. The film will feature interviews with Morrison’s family and friends, including his brother Andy Morrison and the band’s roadie Gareth Blyth, as well as previously unseen home movies and photographs. No release date for the film has been set as yet.

Marianne Faithfull recently claimed that her ex-boyfriend was responsible for the death of Jim Morrison. In an interview with Mojo, the singer said that her former lover, heroin dealer Jean de Breteuil, was behind the frontman’s death, though she says it was ‘accidental’.

Faithfull recalls travelling to Paris with de Breteuil, but staying at their hotel while he went to visit Morrison at his apartment. “I could intuitively feel trouble,” said Faithfull. “I thought, I’ll take a few Tuinal [barbiturates] and I won’t be there. And he went to see Jim Morrison and killed him. I mean I’m sure it was an accident. Poor bastard. The smack was too strong? Yeah. And he died. And I didn’t know anything about this. Anyway, everybody connected to the death of this poor guy is dead now. Except me.”

Morrison died at the age of 27, on July 3, 1971. The Doors released six albums before Morrison’s death in 1971, their self-titled debut, ‘Strange Days’, ‘Waiting For The Sun’, ‘The Soft Machine’, ‘Morrison Hotel’ and ‘LA Woman’.