Jim Morrison
Musician, Songwriter, Poet, Filmmaker
Jim Morrison
James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer-songwriter and poet, best remembered as the lead singer of Angeleno rock band The Doors. Following The Doors' explosive rise to fame in 1967, Morrison developed a severe alcohol and drug dependency that culminated in his death at the age of 27 in Paris. He is alleged to have died of a heroin overdose, but as no autopsy was performed, the exact cause of his death is still disputed.
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In remembrance of our own mortality - The Canberra Times
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But me, I've never had the desire to visit Pere Lachaise in Paris to see the grave of Jim Morrison or any of the other luminaries of the afterworld. I never wanted to hang around graves with hipsters reminiscing about the good old days of rock
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Alberta Tory majority rule one of longest in country - Montreal Gazette
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It was the summer of 1971 when they first took office: iconic Doors frontman Jim Morrison had just been found dead in a Paris bathtub, the Pentagon Papers were making headlines and Gloria Steinem had just delivered her revolutionary Address to the
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White Sands International Film Festival commentary: Kilmer deserves honor - Las Cruces Sun-News
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He'll introduce the film "The Doors" at Cineport 10 at 6 pm Friday and will hang out for a Q&A afterward (Kilmer played Jim Morrison in the movie). Following the screening, Kilmer will attend a VIP event at Preston Contemporary Art Center
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No wheels? No prob at Ole Miss --- rent a Zipcar - Memphis Commercial Appeal
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The company will give Ole Miss students, who can register online and receive plastic cards similar to credit cards that allow them to use the vehicles, a $50 credit that covers the $35 initial fee and $15 toward rental fees, said Jim Morrison,
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The Doors: The Seedier Side Of The Sixties Dream - Sabotage Times
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Jim Morrison and The Doors produced genuinely thrilling rock 'n' roll lighting a fire under the happy clappy sixties Summer Of Love. The Doors, along with The Velvet Underground and The Stooges formed the Unholy Trinity of classic rite
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Jim Morrison column Use speech to make the right impression - Green Bay Press Gazette
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I leaned a great lesson myself that day. Next column, I will continue with openings and get into closings. Jim Morrison is a professional speaker and leadership trainer from Green Bay. He can be reached at www.jim morrisonspeaks.com
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More to John Morrison than the name - CANOE
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Wrestling Though he physically resembles the legendary frontman of the 1960s band The Doors, WWE superstar John Morrison has no plans to follow in Jim Morrison's tragic footsteps. Unlike the singer, who burned out after five years on top of the world,
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Amy Winehouse Found Dead in London, Police Say
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LONDON — Amy Winehouse , the Grammy -award winning singer who has battled addiction problems for years, was found dead on Saturday at her apartment in London, the police said. She was 27. The police were called by an ambulance to Ms. Winehouse’s apartment in Camden, North London, shortly before 4:05 pm, the police said in a statement.
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Prunk TV and Holly Hunt's Gavin Perry Talk Guitars, Jim Morrison, and Speaking ... - Miami New Times (blog)
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And then the conversation turned to stage diving, Jim Morrison, speaking in tongues, and other interesting topics. Prunk TV: Let's talk about your equipment and your tone. You use a lot of pedals. What is your set up? Gavin Perry: I'm currently using a
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Tour of note for students - Auckland stuff.co.nz
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MUSICAL TOUR: Jim Morrison's grave is on the itinerary for Kaipara College students visiting Europe. Thirteen students and four staff from Kaipara College are on a European history music trip. It has taken three years to raise nearly $150000 for the
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Truckee's late Katie Jackson Morrison honored by fellow aviators - Sierra Sun
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Katie's husband, Jim Morrison, accepted her award at the ceremony. The International Forest of Friendship is a living, growing memorial to those who have contributed to the world history of aviation and aerospace. It was a gift to America in 1976 on
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On the 30th Anniversary of His Death, Examining the Legacy of Jim Morrison - Examiner.com
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This July marks the 40th anniversary of the passing of Jim Morrison, lead singer of the rock band The Doors during the 1960s. He was, and still is an immensely polarizing figure in American rock history. Whether he was indeed a drunken degenerate or an
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Boat owners asked to help clean Tampa Bay - Tbo.com
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Tampa Bay Watch volunteer Jim Morrison loads a crab trap onto a support boat in Tampa Bay Watch's last crab trap removal in January. By LOIS KINDLE | The Tampa Tribune Volunteers with boats are needed to participate in Tampa Bay Watch's derelict crab
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Former Doors Members Visit Jim Morrison's Gravesite - RTT News
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(RTTNews) - Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, band mates of Jim Morrison, appeared at the late singer's Parisian grave this week to honor the 40th anniversary of Morrison's death. According to various sources, Krieger and Manzarek visited Morrison's
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jim Morrison
    TWENTIES
  • 1971
    Age 27
    In July 1971, Janet Erwin documented in her journal dating Morrison during this last few weeks before he left to Paris and wrote the essay "Your Ballroom Days Are Over".
    More Details Hide Details On a couple of their nights together there were strong aftershocks from an earthquake with one being a 5.. At the time of Morrison's death there were at least three paternity actions pending against him, although no claims were made against his estate by any of the putative paternity claimants. One persistent claim of paternity came from Cliff Morrison. Pamela Des Barres later said in her autobiography I'm With The Band: Confessions of a Groupie that Morrison "turned out to be very much a one-woman man" referencing Pamela Courson.
    This tape was later determined by avid listeners to be largely of Jomo & The Smoothies recordings of Morrison, friends and producer Paul Rothchild loose jamming in Los Angeles well before 1971.
    More Details Hide Details Morrison was buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, one of the city's most visited tourist attractions. The grave had no official marker until French officials placed a shield over it, which was stolen in 1973. The grave was listed in the cemetery directory with Morrison's name incorrectly rearranged as "Douglas James Morrison." In 1981, Croatian sculptor Mladen Mikulin voluntarily placed a bust of his own design and a new gravestone with Morrison's name at the grave to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his death; the bust was defaced through the years by cemetery vandals and later stolen in 1988. Mikulin made another bust of Morrison in 1989, and a bronze portrait of him in 2001; neither piece is at the gravesite. In the early 1990s, Morrison's father, George Stephen Morrison, after consulting with E. Nicholas Genovese, professor of classics and humanities, San Diego State University, placed a flat stone on the grave. The bronze plaque thereon bears the Greek inscription: ΚΑΤΑ ΤΟΝ ΔΑΙΜΟΝΑ ΕΑΥΤΟΥ, literally meaning "according to his own daemon, i.e., guiding spirit," to convey the sentiment "True to Himself."
    Morrison died on July 3, 1971 at age 27.
    More Details Hide Details In the official account of his death, he was found in a Paris apartment bathtub (at 17–19 rue Beautreillis, 4th arrondissement) by Courson. The official cause of death was listed as "heart failure", although no autopsy was performed. The absence of an autopsy left many questions regarding the cause of Morrison's death. In Wonderland Avenue, Danny Sugerman discussed his encounter with Courson after she returned to the United States. According to Sugerman's account, Courson stated that Morrison had died of an accidental heroin overdose, having snorted what he believed to be cocaine. Sugerman added that Courson had given numerous contradictory versions of Morrison's death, saying at times that she had killed Morrison, or that his death was her fault. Courson's story of Morrison's unintentional ingestion of heroin, resulting in an accidental overdose, is supported by the confession of Alain Ronay, who has written that Morrison died of a hemorrhage after snorting Courson's heroin, and that Courson nodded off instead of phoning for medical help, leaving Morrison alone and bleeding to death.
    Morrison joined Courson in Paris in March 1971, at an apartment he had rented on the rue Beautreillis (in the 4th arrondissement of Paris on the Right Bank).
    More Details Hide Details In letters he described going for long walks through the city, alone. During this time, Morrison shaved his beard and lost some of the weight he had gained in the previous months.
  • 1970
    Age 26
    In an interview reported in the book Rock Wives, Kennealy reveals that she and Jim Morrison were wed, sort of, in a witch ceremony in 1970, but that he turned "really cold" when Kennealy became pregnant—maybe, she speculates, because he had "20 paternity suits pending against him."
    More Details Hide Details She was asked if Morrison took the ceremony seriously and she answered "probably not too seriously".
    In 1970, Morrison participated in a Celtic Pagan handfasting ceremony with rock critic author Patricia Kennealy.
    More Details Hide Details The couple signed a document declaring themselves wed, but none of the necessary paperwork for a legal marriage was filed with the state. Kennealy discussed her experiences with Morrison in her autobiography Strange Days: My Life With and Without Jim Morrison.
    In a letter to the Florida Probation and Parole Commission District Office dated October 2, 1970, Morrison's father acknowledged the breakdown in family communications as the result of an argument over his assessment of his son's musical talents.
    More Details Hide Details He said he could not blame his son for being reluctant to initiate contact and that he was proud of him nonetheless. Morrison spoke fondly of his Irish and Scottish ancestry and was inspired by Celtic mythology in his poetry and songs. Celtic Family Magazine revealed in their 2016 Spring Issue his Morrison clan was originally from the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, while his Irish side, the Clelland clan whom married into the Morrison line were from County Down, Ireland.
  • 1969
    Age 25
    Morrison's best-known but seldom seen cinematic endeavor is HWY: An American Pastoral, a project he started in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details Morrison financed the venture and formed his own production company in order to maintain complete control of the project. Paul Ferrara, Frank Lisciandro and Babe Hill assisted with the project. Morrison played the main character, a hitchhiker turned killer/car thief. Morrison asked his friend, composer/pianist Fred Myrow, to select the soundtrack for the film. Morrison's early life was the semi-nomadic existence typical of military families. Jerry Hopkins recorded Morrison's brother, Andy, explaining that his parents had determined never to use physical corporal punishment such as spanking on their children. They instead instilled discipline and levied punishment by the military tradition known as dressing down. This consisted of yelling at and berating the children until they were reduced to tears and acknowledged their failings. Once Morrison graduated from UCLA, he broke off most contact with his family. By the time Morrison's music ascended to the top of the charts (in 1967) he had not been in communication with his family for more than a year and falsely claimed that his parents and siblings were dead (or claiming, as it has been widely misreported, that he was an only child).
    He self-published two separate volumes of his poetry in 1969, titled The Lords / Notes on Vision and The New Creatures.
    More Details Hide Details The Lords consists primarily of brief descriptions of places, people, events and Morrison's thoughts on cinema. The New Creatures verses are more poetic in structure, feel and appearance. These two books were later combined into a single volume titled The Lords and The New Creatures. These were the only writings published during Morrison's lifetime. Morrison befriended Beat poet Michael McClure, who wrote the afterword for Danny Sugerman's biography of Morrison, No One Here Gets Out Alive. McClure and Morrison reportedly collaborated on a number of unmade film projects, including a film version of McClure's infamous play The Beard, in which Morrison would have played Billy the Kid. After his death, a further two volumes of Morrison's poetry were published. The contents of the books were selected and arranged by Morrison's friend, photographer Frank Lisciandro, and girlfriend Pamela Courson's parents, who owned the rights to his poetry.
    During a concert of March 1, 1969 at the Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami, Morrison attempted to spark a riot in the audience.
    More Details Hide Details He failed, but a warrant for his arrest was issued by the Dade County Police department three days later for indecent exposure. Consequently, many of the Doors' scheduled concerts were canceled. In September 1970, Morrison was convicted of indecent exposure and profanity. Morrison, who attended the sentencing "in a wool jacket adorned with Indian designs", silently listened as he was sentenced for six months in prison and had to pay a $500 fine. Morrison remained free on a $50,000 bond. At the sentencing, Judge Murray Goodman told Morrison that he was a "person graced with a talent" admired by many of his peers. In 2007 Florida Governor Charlie Crist suggested the possibility of a posthumous pardon for Morrison, which was announced as successful on December 9, 2010. Drummer John Densmore denied Morrison ever exposed himself on stage that night.
  • 1967
    Age 23
    They had previously obtained marriage licenses in Colorado in 1967 and in Los Angeles in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details The Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek described Courson as Morrison's “other half”. Morrison spoke to Courson through his lyrics and his poetry and dedicated his published poetry book The New Creatures to her. Songs like “Love Street”, “Queen of the Highway”, “Blue Sunday", and "Indian Summer" as well as many of his poems were said to be written about her. Morrison also reportedly regularly had sex with fans ("groupies") such as Pamela Des Barres and Josépha Karcz, who wrote a novel about their night together, and had numerous short flings with other musicians, as well as writers and photographers involved in the music business. They included Nico, the singer associated with the Velvet Underground, a one-night stand with singer Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane, an on-again, off-again relationship with 16 Magazines Gloria Stavers as well as an alleged alcohol-fueled encounter with Janis Joplin. Nico also wanted to marry Morrison and they cut their thumbs in the desert with a knife and let their blood mingle. Nico said, "We exchanged blood. I carry his blood inside me."
    In late 1967 at an infamous concert in New Haven, Connecticut, he was arrested on stage, an incident that further added to his mystique and emphasized his rebellious image.
    More Details Hide Details In 1968, the Doors released their third studio album, Waiting for the Sun. The band performed on July 5 at the Hollywood Bowl, this performance became famous with the DVD: Live at the Hollywood Bowl. It's also this year that the band played, for the first time, in Europe. Their fourth album, The Soft Parade, was released in 1969. It was the first album where the individual band members were given credit on the inner sleeve for the songs they had written. Previously, each song on their albums had been credited simply to "the Doors". On September 6 and 7, 1968, the Doors played four performances at the Roundhouse, London, England with Jefferson Airplane which were filmed by Granada for a television documentary The Doors are Open directed by John Sheppard. Around this time, Morrison—who had long been a heavy drinker—started showing up for recording sessions visibly inebriated. He was also frequently late for live performances.
  • 1966
    Age 22
    In 1966, photographer Joel Brodsky took a series of black-and-white photos of Morrison, in a photo shoot known as "The Young Lion" photo session.
    More Details Hide Details These photographs are considered among the most iconic images of Jim Morrison and are frequently used as covers for compilation albums, books, and other memorabilia of the Doors and Morrison.
    In November 1966, Morrison and the Doors produced a promotional film for "Break on Through (To the Other Side)", which was their first single release.
    More Details Hide Details The film featured the four members of the group playing the song on a darkened set with alternating views and close-ups of the performers while Morrison lip-synched the lyrics. Morrison and the Doors continued to make short music films, including "The Unknown Soldier", "Moonlight Drive", and "People Are Strange". The Doors achieved national recognition after signing with Elektra Records in 1967. The single "Light My Fire" spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in July/August 1967. This was a far cry from the Doors playing warm up for Simon and Garfunkel and playing at a high school as they did in Connecticut that same year. Later, the Doors appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, a popular Sunday night variety series that had introduced the Beatles and Elvis Presley to the United States. Ed Sullivan requested two songs from the Doors for the show, "People Are Strange" and "Light My Fire". Sullivan's censors insisted that the Doors change the lyrics of the song "Light My Fire" from "Girl we couldn't get much higher" to "Girl we couldn't get much better" for the television viewers; this was reportedly due to what was perceived as a reference to drugs in the original lyrics. After giving assurances of compliance to the producer in the dressing room, the band agreed, "we're not changing a word," and proceeded to sing the song with the original lyrics.
    In June 1966, Morrison and the Doors were the opening act at the Whisky a Go Go in the last week of the residency of Van Morrison's band Them.
    More Details Hide Details Van's influence on Jim's developing stage performance was later noted by John Densmore in his book Riders On The Storm: "Jim Morrison learned quickly from his near-namesake's stagecraft, his apparent recklessness, his air of subdued menace, the way he would improvise poetry to a rock beat, even his habit of crouching down by the bass drum during instrumental breaks." On the final night, the two Morrisons and their two bands jammed together on "Gloria".
  • 1965
    Age 21
    In 1965, Judy Huddleston met Morrison and claimed she had a four-year on-and-off relationship with him which she chronicled in her book Love Him Madly: An Intimate Memoir of Jim Morrison and an out-of-print book called This is the End My Only Friend: Living & Dying with Jim Morrison, which was updated as Like He Was God.
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    In the summer of 1965, after graduating with a degree from the UCLA film school, Morrison led a bohemian lifestyle in Venice Beach.
    More Details Hide Details Living on the rooftop of a building inhabited by his old UCLA cinematography friend, Dennis Jakobs, he wrote the lyrics of many of the early songs the Doors would later perform live and record on albums, the most notable being "Moonlight Drive" and "Hello, I Love You". According to Jakobs, he lived on canned beans and LSD for several months. Morrison and fellow UCLA student, Ray Manzarek, were the first two members of the Doors, forming the group during that summer. They had met months earlier as cinematography students. The now-legendary story claims that Manzarek was lying on the beach at Venice one day, where he accidentally encountered Morrison. He was impressed with Morrison's poetic lyrics, claiming that they were "rock group" material. Subsequently, guitarist Robby Krieger and drummer John Densmore joined. Krieger auditioned at Densmore's recommendation and was then added to the lineup. All three musicians shared a common interest in the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's meditation practices at the time, attending scheduled classes, but Morrison was not involved in this series of classes, claiming later that he "did not meditate."
    Morrison completed his undergraduate degree at UCLA's film school within the Theater Arts department of the College of Fine Arts in 1965.
    More Details Hide Details At the time of graduation ceremony, he went to Venice, and his diploma was mailed to his mother at Coronado. He made several short films while attending UCLA. First Love, the first of these films, made with Morrison's classmate and roommate Max Schwartz, was released to the public when it appeared in a documentary about the film Obscura.
  • 1964
    Age 20
    Shortly thereafter on August 2, 1964, Morrison's father, George Stephen Morrison, commanded a carrier division of the United States fleet during the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, which resulted in the United States' rapid escalation of the Vietnam War.
    More Details Hide Details At UCLA, Morrison enrolled in Jack Hirschman's class on Antonin Artaud in the Comparative Literature program within the UCLA English Department. Artaud's brand of surrealist theatre had a profound impact on Morrison's dark poetic sensibility of cinematic theatricality.
    In January 1964, Morrison moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1962
    Age 18
    In 1962, he transferred to Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, where he appeared in a school recruitment film.
    More Details Hide Details While attending FSU, Morrison was arrested for a prank following a home football game.
  • 1961
    Age 17
    He graduated from George Washington High School, now George Washington Middle School, in Alexandria, Virginia in June 1961.
    More Details Hide Details Cass Elliot also attended high school there, that same year. Morrison read widely and voraciously—being particularly inspired by the writings of philosophers and poets. He was influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche, whose views on aesthetics, morality, and the Apollonian and Dionysian duality would appear in his conversation, poetry and songs. He read Plutarch’s "Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans". He read the works of the French Symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud, whose style would later influence the form of Morrison’s short prose poems. He was also influenced by William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Charles Baudelaire, Molière, Franz Kafka, Honoré de Balzac and Jean Cocteau, along with most of the French existentialist philosophers. His senior-year English teacher said, "Jim read as much and probably more than any student in class, but everything he read was so offbeat I had another teacher (who was going to the Library of Congress) check to see if the books Jim was reporting on actually existed. I suspected he was making them up, as they were English books on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century demonology. I’d never heard of them, but they existed, and I’m convinced from the paper he wrote that he read them, and the Library of Congress would’ve been the only source." Morrison went to live with his paternal grandparents in Clearwater, Florida, where he attended classes at St. Petersburg College (then known as a junior college).
  • 1957
    Age 13
    In 1957, Morrison attended Alameda High School in Alameda, California.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1952
    Age 8
    Raised a military brat, Morrison's family moved often. He spent part of his childhood in San Diego. He completed third grade at a Fairfax County Elementary School Fairfax County, Virginia. His father was stationed at NAS Kingsville in 1952, he attended Charles H. Flato Elementary School in Kingsville, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details He continued at St. John's Methodist School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and then Longfellow School Sixth Grade Graduation Program from San Diego, California.
  • 1947
    Age 3
    His ancestors were Scottish, Irish, and English. In 1947, Morrison, then four years old, allegedly witnessed a car accident in the desert, in which a family of Native Americans were injured and possibly killed.
    More Details Hide Details He referred to this incident in the Doors' song "Peace Frog" on the 1970 album Morrison Hotel, as well as in the spoken word performances "Dawn's Highway" and "Ghost Song" on the posthumous 1978 album An American Prayer. Morrison believed this incident to be the most formative event of his life, and made repeated references to it in the imagery in his songs, poems, and interviews. His family does not recall this incident happening in the way he told it. According to the Morrison biography No One Here Gets Out Alive, Morrison's family did drive past a car accident on an Indian reservation when he was a child, and he was very upset by it. The book The Doors, written by the remaining members of the Doors, explains how different Morrison's account of the incident was from that of his father. This book quotes his father as saying, "We went by several Indians. It did make an impression on him young James. He always thought about that crying Indian." This is contrasted sharply with Morrison's tale of "Indians scattered all over the highway, bleeding to death." In the same book, his sister is quoted as saying, "He enjoyed telling that story and exaggerating it. He said he saw a dead Indian by the side of the road, and I don't even know if that's true."
    Morrison had a sister, Anne Robin, who was born in 1947 in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and a brother, Andrew Lee Morrison, who was born in 1948 in Los Altos, California.
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  • 1943
    Born
    Born on December 8, 1943.
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