Only Jim Morrison could create controversy nearly four full decades after his death. Sam Bernett, who managed the Rock and Roll Circus nightclub in Paris, just released a book in which he claims that the official tale of the Lizard King’s death isn’t true. Bernett claims that Morrison didn’t die of heart failure in his bathtub, and instead was found slumped over in a bathroom at his club after OD’ing on heroin. We would tend to dismiss Bernett’s account, but the guy did go on to achieve success as the Vice President of Disneyland Paris.
Former Circus employee Patrick Chauvel, who says he was present the night Morrison was carried out, has backed up Bernett’s story. At this point, does it really matter how he died? Let’s just let sleeping lizards lie.
In other newsy news, we’ve got a stockpile of links to share with ya today:
- The White Stripes rocked a fishing vessel in Canada on Wednesday
- Jefitoblog gives us Part Two of the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Queen
- The Roots are headlining the Hip Hop Honors tour this fall
- End-of-the-world stocker rocker John Popper has copped a plea
- Famed acid-slinger Owsley submits to a rare interview
- Genesis plans to release a book, and a live DVD/CD set
- Kudos to Stereogum for their tribute to O.K. Computer
- Michael Franti and Spearhead will spend the fall asking how ‘ya feelin’
- The rumors were true: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will soon be releasing a new album
- Bob Weir feels jambands get hurt the worst for file-sharing
- The Disco Biscuits get the full treatment from their alma mater
- Band Of Horses and Zach Galifianakis played a benefit for New York Cares
- A unique version of That’s It For The Other One is among the many highlights in this week’s Grateful Dead Taper’s Section. The Dead have also started a Grateful Dead Hour podcast series featuring music from old and new episodes of the show
- RAQ has announced a full fall tour
- SuperDee reviews a recent Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey concert
- Justin Kreutzmann provides a preview of The Who: Fragments DVD
- Col. Bruce Hampton is the subject of the Roanoke Times’ podcast
- Let’s all thank hippies for creating the modern economy
As always, if you are seein’ any shows this weekend, let us know what you are up to by leaving a comment below…we’re dying to know your plans.