Jim Morrison’s Grave
Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise
As a teenager in the ‘60’s I was a huge fan of Jim Morrison and the Doors. Hearing that he was performing at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York in September 1968, my girlfriend and I hitchhiked from Massachusetts to see them. At that time you could buy lawn seats at the outdoor amphitheater for $2 but halfway through the concert, a couple left and handed us tickets to the fourth row! My friend was convinced that he meant it when he sang “Meet me at the back of the blue bus” and we spent quite some time after the concert trying to find it. His performances never disappointed, as much theater as musical, although sometimes his theatrics on and off stage got him in trouble with the law as in New Haven in 1967 and Miami in 1969.
He died in Paris on July 3, 1971 at the age of 27. He was an amazing poet/singer/songwriter and appropriately is buried in “Poets’ Corner” in the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery. Although small, as far as monuments go, forty-three years after his death fans still leave flowers and tokens at his grave.