What do Jim Morrison, American sixties rock star, and Pussy Riot, 21st century Russian protest performers, have in common? Surprisingly, a lot. Both risked their personal freedom to make public statements about freedom, and both paid heavily for their gestures by being persecuted by the reigning authorities.
The backstory Croatian artist Mladen Mikulin sculpted a bust effigy of Jim Morrison for his grave in Père Lachaise cemetery. The bust was in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Jim’s death on July 3, 1981. It disappeared in 1988. Before and after A piece of the puzzle Film director and screenwriter, Olivier Chateau, hasContinue reading “Who stole Jim Morrison’s bust?”
Tales of the unexpected I received an incredible and unexpected email the other day from Lue Isaac informing me that her brother, Keith Keller, was briefly the guardian of Jim’s first gravestone in the late 90s. So it is with my sincerest thanks to Lue that I share with you this amazing story. “My deceasedContinue reading “Jim’s first gravestone surfaces briefly in New Orleans, ca. 1998”
Brian Minnis saw on the website that I was looking for past photos of Jim’s grave in an effort to complete the visual history. He reached out to me and kindly offered to scan and share his photos from February 1972. Here’s his story: Reminiscences American solider Brian “Breeze” Minnis was stationed in Langendamm,Continue reading “A soldier’s visit to Jim Morrison’s grave in 1972”
The cemetery, one of the most visited sites in Paris, has only 12 guards. Not enough to combat looting by funerary art enthusiasts.