Abelard, the medieval punk monk

12th century France

Peter Abelard (1079–1142)

You know the story: Teacher and student fall in love, have a baby (a boy, Astrolabe!), then marry secretly. Furious, student’s uncle has teacher castrated. The lovers separate, carry on in various monasteries and abbeys, all the while managing to stay in touch.

Classic medieval shenanigans. So why all the fuss?

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John Densmore, special guest for Disquaire Day 2014

April 19, 2014

The Disquaire Day team is proud to announce that the Doors’ drummer, John Densmore, will be this year’s Disquaire Day special guest for the release of his book, “The Doors: Unhinged: Jim Morrison’s legacy goes on trial”, on April 17 in France.

The 396 page book was released last year in the US. It will be available at all independent record and book stores for Disquaire Day.

John Densmore sets forth his vision of the Doors and his battle to preserve Jim Morrison’s legacy, therefore questioning the role of money for bands and integrity in the world of rock music.

The cover illustration is by contemporary American street artist, designer and illustrator, Frank Shepard Fairey. His work is known all over the world through his poster “Hope” for Barack Obama.

John Densmore will be in France from April 16 and will participate in several events before and during Disquaire Day on the 19th.

Updates

The Doors, les portes claquent: John Densmore, batteur des Doors, raconte @LExpress_Cult

The Real-Life Death of Jim Morrison by Bernard Wolfe

Esquire magazine, June 1972

As a graphic designer, I was particularly interested in the illustrations by Jean Lagarrigue of the apartment at 17 rue Beautreillis. So I was very excited to find a copy on eBay. Lagarrigue taught at École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs (ENSAD) and was art directeur at Esquire magazine.

Illustrations by Jean Lagarrigue

Esquire magazine, June 1972, p107. Illustration by Jean Lagarrigue.
James Douglas Morrison, b. December 8, 1943, to Captain and Mrs. George Morrison, U.S.N. A classmate remembers: “He knew all about the poets, more than the teachers.”
Esquire magazine, June 1972, p108. Illustration by Jean Lagarrigue.
At George Washington High School in Alexandria, Virginia, Morrison made the honor roll but had few friends. He studied film, on a scholarship, at U.C.L.A., became a rock star.
Esquire magazine, June 1972, p109. Illustration by Jean Lagarrigue.
As a Door, he called himself an “erotic politician,” was arrested for exposing himself at a concert in Miami, Florida. Died of heart failure, Paris, France, July 3, 1971.

Article by Bernard Wolfe

Morrison’s Super 8 film from May 1971 for sale

An original Super 8 film, shot by Jim Morrison of his girlfriend, Pamela Courson, in a cemetery in Corsica. Filmed using his Braun Nizo S56 Super 8 Camera during a ten day holiday in May 1971. Archivally preserved, with the original spool retained. The film is 2 minutes and 37 seconds long and has never been shown publicly.

It is referenced specifically in Patricia Butler’s book Angels Dance and Angels Die: The Tragic Romance of Pamela and Jim Morrison: “The scene cuts to Pamela, slowly walking between an aisle of gravestones. Her head is bowed, and her long red hair shields her face from view for a moment, before she slowly looks up to stare pensively into the camera. A moment later, an extreme close-up of her face, again slightly out of focus, shows Pamela pouting in the direction of Jim, who is operating the camera.

It is easy to make out the words she speaks as she tells him, “I don’t want to move”. So the camera pans away from the uncooperative subject, who changes her mind suddenly and runs back into the camera range, reclaiming the scene by dancing wildly among the gravestones, her hair flashing about her like a flaming banner. All at once, Pamela disappears behind a mausoleum, but Jim anticipates her moves and the camera catches her reappearance, running from behind the marble monument and continuing her wild dance.”

On the last night of his life, as recorded in ‘The Last Days Of Jim Morrison: A rare look into the rock god’s journals’ in Rolling Stone magazine, ‘Jim started threading Super-8 films of their travels in the projector. Pamela said they sang together as they watched their dark, jerky, out-of-focus movies of Spain, Morocco and Corsica on the wall. Jim (according to Pamela in all her narratives) played old Doors records- even ‘The End’- far into the night’.

Price

£ 16,500

Notes

Whilst Morrison is known to have shot home movies with this camera regularly, this would appear to be the only one to have surfaced in the 42 years since his death.

Source

Ghost riders in Paris

By Michelle Campbell

In 1992, I took a walk around Père Lachaise cemetery and Paris with Joe Russo, lead singer of the Doors tribute band, the Soft Parade.

We took some shots at, and around Jim Morrison’s grave, and then went on to Saint Michel, an area that Jim liked to wander very much.

Here are some examples from that day of following in Jim’s footsteps.