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Jim Morrison's Dad Breaks Silence
ROCK 103 Memphis ^ | November 9, 2006 | AP

Posted on 11/13/2006 4:50:46 AM PST by mcg2000

"The fact that he's dead is unfortunate but looking back on his life it's a very pleasant thought."

The father of late The Doors singer Jim Morrison has branded the death of his estranged son "unfortunate," despite the rocker often singing about his family's imagined demise.

George Morrison, a retired Navy admiral, insists memories of his rocker son are "pleasant" - even though he once joked his parents were dead and used Oedipal rant "The End" to imagine killing his dad and sleeping with his mother.

However, in a new memoir of the band, George remains positive about his child.

Contributing to "The Doors by The Doors" he says, "We look back on him with great delight.

"The fact that he's dead is unfortunate but looking back on his life it's a very pleasant thought.

"I had the feeling that he felt we'd just as soon not be associated with his career. He knew I didn't think rock music was the best goal for him. Maybe he was trying to protect us."

Morrison died in Paris, France of a heart attack in 1971.


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1 posted on 11/13/2006 4:50:47 AM PST by mcg2000
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To: mcg2000


Craig Garner ©Stars and Stripes

Aboard the USS Hancock off South Korea, December 3, 1968:
South Korean Prime Minister Chung Il Kwon is flanked by his hosts, Rear Adm. George S. Morrison, left, commander of Carrier Division Nine, and Vice Adm. William F. Bringle, commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet in the Pacific, as he watches jets from Air Wing 21 take off and land on the deck of the carrier USS Hancock. Morrison, father of singer Jim Morrison of The Doors, later served as commander of U.S. Naval Forces, Marianas, before retiring in August, 1975. In January of that year, an Australian humanitarian group dealing with Vietnamese refugees on Guam praised "the high degree of compassion and respect accorded to every single refugee, the fine example set by (Rear) Adm. G.S. Morrison being followed by each American serviceman and servicewoman."
2 posted on 11/13/2006 4:54:56 AM PST by mcg2000 (New Orleans: The city that declared Jihad on The Red Cross.)
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I had no idea his father was an officer in the Navy. Very interesting.


3 posted on 11/13/2006 4:59:47 AM PST by Long Island Pete
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I had no idea his father was an officer in the Navy. Very interesting.


4 posted on 11/13/2006 4:59:56 AM PST by Long Island Pete
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To: mcg2000
“even though he once joked his parents were dead and used Oedipal rant "The End" to imagine killing his dad and sleeping with his mother.”

Sounds like pop has no hard feelings... even though he just may have dodged a bullet given his spawns early demise.

5 posted on 11/13/2006 5:02:31 AM PST by johnny7 ("We took a hell of a beating." -'Vinegar Joe' Stilwell)
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To: mcg2000

Man, that apple fell REAL FAR from the tree!!!!!!


6 posted on 11/13/2006 5:03:02 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: mcg2000

Not a big fan of "The End", but big fan of "Light my Fire", "Riders on the Storm" and the lighter side of The Doors.

7 posted on 11/13/2006 5:03:43 AM PST by Clovis_Skeptic
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To: mcg2000

Jims best career move was taking a dirt nap. Daddy sure wasn't too proud of his son.


8 posted on 11/13/2006 5:05:19 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (I'm back!)
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To: johnny7

If he'd lived he and John McCain would have had a lot to talk about these days.


9 posted on 11/13/2006 5:07:17 AM PST by ichabod1 ("For make benefit of Our Glorious Socializt Revolution")
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To: Long Island Pete
Judge George Greer, who ok'd the slow killing of Terri Schiavo. was Jim Morrison' housemate in college.
10 posted on 11/13/2006 5:08:39 AM PST by Tribune7
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To: Fierce Allegiance
What a more than odd thing to say? Anyway ...

http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Music/11/09/books.doors.reut/index.html?eref=rss_mostpopular

"George Morrison, a retired U.S. Navy admiral, is one of the contributors to "The Doors by the Doors," an authorized memoir released this week. The book's author, rock journalist Ben Fong-Torres, also interviewed the band's three surviving members and Jim's younger brother and sister, among others.

Jim Morrison, a difficult teen who rebelled against his father's military lifestyle, went on to become one of the most magnetic performers in rock 'n' roll.

But he disowned his family, and once made a throwaway comment that they were dead. He also referenced his parents in the Oedipal rant "The End," singing that he wanted to kill his father and sleep with his mother.

Andy Morrison recalls that his mother, Clara, who died last year, took him to a Doors concert in Washington, D.C., and asked to see Jim, but he refused to meet with her, and she drove home in tears.

The Morrisons surmise that Jim's hostility was really designed to shield them from too much attention.

"I had the feeling that he felt we'd just as soon not be associated with his career," George Morrison says. "He knew I didn't think rock music was the best goal for him. Maybe he was trying to protect us."

Adds his sister, Anne, "He liked mystique, too. He didn't want to be from somewhere."

Jim Morrison died of a heart attack in Paris in 1971, and his grave at the Pere Lachaise cemetery is one of the city's top tourist attractions. His family pays the authorities to take care of the site.

George Morrison said it was "quite an honor ... for the family" to have his son buried near cultural giants like Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf and Frederic Chopin."
11 posted on 11/13/2006 5:09:40 AM PST by mcg2000 (New Orleans: The city that declared Jihad on The Red Cross.)
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To: Chi-townChief
Not really. Jim Morrison was an incredible talent who expressed it in a different way than his father. He was also an alcoholic, drug addict, and belligerent a**hole.

Of course, when you're famous and make a lot of money they refer to it as having demons.

12 posted on 11/13/2006 5:15:02 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Tribune7

Doesn't sound like they had much in common. lol


13 posted on 11/13/2006 5:15:03 AM PST by mcg2000 (New Orleans: The city that declared Jihad on The Red Cross.)
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To: Long Island Pete
I doubt that Samuel Elliot Morrison... would have been so gracious.
14 posted on 11/13/2006 5:17:08 AM PST by johnny7 ("We took a hell of a beating." -'Vinegar Joe' Stilwell)
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To: mcg2000

Instructive photo in #1


15 posted on 11/13/2006 5:18:54 AM PST by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

He's not dead. HE faked his death and is a rancher in montana or wyoming. He talked about his past to someone who relayed it on coast to coast am. The picture they posted of him (now aged) was a perfect match. His father is protecting his son the best way he can - by spreading disinformation - a military specialty.


16 posted on 11/13/2006 5:19:07 AM PST by x_plus_one (Franklin Graham: "Allah is not the God of Moses. Allah had no son")
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To: Moonman62
Of course, when you're famous and make a lot of money they refer to it as having demons.

Lol. Incisive comment. It seems some demons are more equal than others...

17 posted on 11/13/2006 5:22:21 AM PST by abb (The Dinosaur Media: A One-Way Medium in a Two-Way World)
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To: Long Island Pete

Me either. I had no idea. His death was "unfortunate",,and unfortunate choice of words if you ask me.


18 posted on 11/13/2006 5:22:38 AM PST by cajungirl (no)
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To: x_plus_one
Someone Claiming To Be Jim Morrison
19 posted on 11/13/2006 5:24:14 AM PST by mcg2000 (New Orleans: The city that declared Jihad on The Red Cross.)
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To: Chi-townChief
Man, that apple fell REAL FAR from the tree!!!!!!

with all due respect, I don't think so. I see a family of goal oriented achievers, and a father who taught his son to succeed at the highest level of his chosen career. "Breeding will tell..."

I think the old man was at some level very proud of his son (and maybe even more than a little proud of his notoriety too...).

now, if only the same discipline had applied in all areas of his (Jim's) life...

20 posted on 11/13/2006 5:25:24 AM PST by martin gibson ("I care not what course others may take, but as for myself, give me Ralph Stanley or give me death")
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To: x_plus_one

Did you get this information while wearing your tinfoil hat?


21 posted on 11/13/2006 5:25:46 AM PST by Long Island Pete
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To: Chi-townChief
"Man, that apple fell REAL FAR from the tree!!!!!!"

That apple may not have been from THAT tree.

22 posted on 11/13/2006 5:30:07 AM PST by WorkerbeeCitizen (Religion of peace my arse - We need a maintenance Crusade - piss on Islam)
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To: mcg2000
I always wonder what people like Morrison and Hendrix even Kobain would be like today had they sobered up and lived to older age.

Gary Busey comes to mind. He's crazy, but he means well.

23 posted on 11/13/2006 5:30:08 AM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: WorkerbeeCitizen

You're a trusting soul ... accuse a woman you don't even know of sleeping around? I bet you're a boatload of fun if someone you're involved with is a few minutes late and/or steps out of bounds.


24 posted on 11/13/2006 5:37:01 AM PST by mcg2000 (New Orleans: The city that declared Jihad on The Red Cross.)
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To: Constitution Day

Ping to #10


25 posted on 11/13/2006 5:37:56 AM PST by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: x_plus_one

"He's not dead. HE faked his death and is a rancher in montana or wyoming."

Yep. And Elvis' ranch is next door.


26 posted on 11/13/2006 5:40:05 AM PST by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: Moonman62

I agree - Morrison was a great talent. I have often wondered if his family would ever comment on his life/death.

I assume the family got the rights to his name/image after his death, does anybody know?


27 posted on 11/13/2006 5:40:32 AM PST by Cathy
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To: BallyBill
I always wonder what people like Morrison and Hendrix even Kobain would be like today had they sobered up and lived to older age.

I often wonder the same about Keith Richards ;-)

28 posted on 11/13/2006 5:41:25 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: martin gibson

"I see a family of goal oriented achievers, and a father who taught his son to succeed at the highest level of his chosen career."

Agreed. Morrison walked that road alone, but it was in his genes.


29 posted on 11/13/2006 5:42:28 AM PST by angkor
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To: Long Island Pete
I had no idea his father was an officer in the Navy. Very interesting.

His father never received another promotion once The Doors became popular.

30 posted on 11/13/2006 5:42:44 AM PST by Tolkien ("It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong." ---Voltaire)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0
"He's not dead. HE faked his death and is a rancher in montana or wyoming." Yep. And Elvis' ranch is next door.

Jim Morrison was very tall. His grave is very short. So when you go see his tombstone in France, either your standing where his feet are or his body is not in there.

31 posted on 11/13/2006 5:45:59 AM PST by Tolkien ("It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong." ---Voltaire)
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To: Tolkien

It's not what you see above ground that matters. Besides, maybe they folded him in half to save space.


32 posted on 11/13/2006 5:53:20 AM PST by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: mcg2000
Funny.

I'm kind of delighted that I don't have much reason to look back at him at all.

33 posted on 11/13/2006 5:55:59 AM PST by unspun (What do you think? Please think, before you answer.)
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To: Cathy
http://experts.about.com/q/Doors-Jim-Morrison-443/Morrison-Estate.htm

"In his will, made in Los Angeles County on February 12, 1969, Morrison (who describes himself as "an unmarried person") left his entire estate to Pamela Susan Courson, also naming her co-executor with his attorney, Max Fink. She thus inherited everything upon Morrison’s death in 1971.

When Courson died herself in 1974, a battle ensued between Morrison’s parents and Courson’s parents over who had legal claim to what had been Morrison’s estate. Since Morrison left a will, the question was effectively moot. On his death, his property became Courson’s property; and on her death, her property passed to her next heirs at law, who were her parents. Morrison's parents did not accept this and contested the will under which Courson and now her parents had inherited their son’s property.

To bolster their position, Courson’s parents presented a document they claimed she had acquired in Colorado, apparently an application for a declaration that she and Morrison had contracted a common law marriage under the laws of that state. The ability to contract a common-law marriage was abolished in California in 1896, but the state's conflict of laws rules provided for recognition of common-law marriages lawfully contracted in foreign jurisdictions - and Colorado was one of the eleven U.S. jurisdictions which still recognized common-law marriage. So, as long as a common-law marriage was lawfully contracted under Colorado law, it was recognised as a marriage under California law.

It is not known whether Courson acquired the application before or after Morrison’s death, or indeed whether it was she or her parents who acquired it. In either case, Morrison did not fill it out or sign it, may have never known about the document, and neither Morrison nor Courson appear to have ever been residents of Colorado. But those facts would not necessarily be relevant to the court’s deliberation on the validity of a common-law marriage, since the determination would be made according to Colorado law. Many of the jurisdictions which still permitted the common law contract of a marriage provide that either party may demand a declaration that a common law marriage was contracted between them, whether the other party (if living) agrees or not. The burden of proof is on the applicant, in any case, to prove that a marriage existed. What is ironic in this case is that both of the alleged applicants were dead, and it was their parents who were trying to prove or disprove that there had been a common-law marriage.

Whatever the circumstances of the unsigned document and the court case, and the controversy surrounding it, the California probate court decided that Courson and Morrison had a common-law marriage under the laws of Colorado. The effect of the court's ruling was to close probate of Morrison's and Courson's estates, and reinforce the Courson family's hold on the inheritance. The rights are now split. Yet, Pamela's father remains the executor of the estate to this day."
34 posted on 11/13/2006 5:57:37 AM PST by mcg2000 (New Orleans: The city that declared Jihad on The Red Cross.)
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To: WorkerbeeCitizen

Ugly, just ugly.

I agree with the poster who said the apple was right off the tree,,high achievement begats high achievement. The arenas were different.

I hate it that all these guys die young and we don't get to see what happens.


35 posted on 11/13/2006 6:00:48 AM PST by cajungirl (no)
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To: Long Island Pete

Kris Kristofferson and Emmy Lou Harris both had flag-grade fathers as well....


36 posted on 11/13/2006 6:03:07 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (You cannot live forever, so live a life that will never be forgotten.)
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To: mcg2000

Man,,,bummer for Morrison's family. Someone else reaped the harvest.


37 posted on 11/13/2006 6:05:36 AM PST by cajungirl (no)
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To: mcg2000
It's called rebellion. The '60s was awash with it and we live its bitter legacy today.

Father was a prominent member of the US military, a pillar of the establishment. Son becomes a dissolute, drug-addled rock musician. The former embraces a career which is built on discipline. The latter lives a life of total self-indulgence and excess.

It's almost a cliche by now.

Jim's dad knows his son spat in his face but as one's own end approaches, the urge to forgive and let bygones be bygones increases substantially.

38 posted on 11/13/2006 6:09:14 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: cajungirl

I agree with you - Iwould have been interesting to see.


39 posted on 11/13/2006 6:12:33 AM PST by WorkerbeeCitizen (Religion of peace my arse - We need a maintenance Crusade - piss on Islam)
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To: Moonman62
I believe Teddy Kennedy is prime example of what happens when a young addict grows into and old addict.
40 posted on 11/13/2006 6:12:39 AM PST by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia now a certified socialist state reporting to Mexico City for further instructions)
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To: x_plus_one

Time heals all....unfortunatly


41 posted on 11/13/2006 6:15:10 AM PST by Youngman442002
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To: Tolkien

10,000 mics

I bet his parents are amazed so many people think their drug-addict,bi-sexual dead son is a hero.

the soft parade has now begun.


42 posted on 11/13/2006 6:15:39 AM PST by redstaterabblerouser
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To: johnny7
I doubt that Samuel Elliot Morrison(Morison)... would have been so gracious.

I never appreciated Christopher Columbus' accomplishments until I read his 'Admiral of the Ocean Sea'. A fascinating book.

He researches C.C's logs, and retraces C.C's voyage of discovery in a sailboat. Uses landmarks described in the logs to find what he believes to be the exact islands, beaches, etc.

IIRC his son committed treason or something similar.

43 posted on 11/13/2006 6:15:41 AM PST by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Kris Kristofferson -- one of the best resumes, ever.


44 posted on 11/13/2006 6:16:42 AM PST by durasell (!)
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To: mcg2000
"You're a trusting soul ... accuse a woman you don't even know of sleeping around? "

Oh come on, That statement was made in jest but, it's not a far stretch. A lot of infedelity in the services while the men are off.

"I bet you're a boatload of fun if someone you're involved with is a few minutes late and/or steps out of bounds."

Don't pretent to know anything about me or my personality - you don't have a clew (he he).

45 posted on 11/13/2006 6:18:11 AM PST by WorkerbeeCitizen (Religion of peace my arse - We need a maintenance Crusade - piss on Islam)
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To: mcg2000

When the music's over, turn out the lights, yeah......


46 posted on 11/13/2006 6:24:19 AM PST by showme_the_Glory (No more rhyming, and I mean it! ..Anybody want a peanut.....)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0; IowaHawk
Judge George Greer, who ok'd the slow killing of Terri Schiavo. was Jim Morrison' housemate in college.

You know what's long overdue?
A Ouija-style board (like Iowahawk's masterpiece below) to document all the perfidious links in the Vast Terri Schiavo Conspiracy™...


47 posted on 11/13/2006 6:27:19 AM PST by Constitution Day (I guess Rove isn't such a Magnificent Bastard, after all.)
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To: Long Island Pete

Check out Mick Jagger's father........


48 posted on 11/13/2006 6:27:58 AM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: Red Badger

All I can find is his father died last Saturday.


49 posted on 11/13/2006 6:47:51 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Moonman62
From Wikipedia, Mick Jagger's Bio:

Early life Jagger was born into a middle-class family at Livingstone Hospital, East Hill, Dartford, Kent, England. His father, Joe, and his paternal grandfather were both teachers; his mother, Eva, an Australian immigrant to England, was an active member of the Conservative Party. Eva died in 2000; Joe died in 2006 aged 93 [1]. Jagger was the older of two sons and was raised to follow in his father's career path. Academically successful, he attended Dartford Grammar School, before entering the London School of Economics on a scholarship. He studied for a degree in accounting and finance, attended for less than a year and did not graduate; dropping out to pursue a musical career.

50 posted on 11/13/2006 6:52:56 AM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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