Has Jim Morrison Closed The Doors?

Has Jim Morrison Closed The Doors?
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Fond of a pun, Lillian Roxon’s background as a tabloid journalist shows in the headline for this radio story, ‘Has Jim Morrison Closed The Doors?’.

This piece is a fine example of Roxon’s seemingly effortless ability to impress listeners with the depth of her knowledge about the history and interconnections within the world of rock, even in this short two-minute format.

Turning name-dropping into an art form she manages to highlight the connections between diverse figures such as Jim Morrison, writer Richard Goldstein, photographer (and her ex-best friend) Linda Eastman (later Linda McCartney), Beatle Paul McCartney, television personality Ed Sullivan and singer Judy Collins.

Her role as a friend and confidant to the stars, in conjunction with her confident delivery, succeeds in creating the impression that she is the gatekeeper to all the behind-the-scenes gossip – including what Morrison is up to now.

Her writing style is very down to earth and conversational which is a reminder that she is first and foremost a fan of underground music and wishes to keep in touch with what other music lovers are into.

Morrison died in Paris on 3 July 1971, just months after this story was recorded.

This is an episode of the radio show Discotique – a two-minute ‘daily newscast from the world of music’ syndicated on 250 radio stations in the United States.

The cover image for this title comes from a promotional photo of The Doors. Photo: Elektra Records-Joel Brodsky. This is an iconic image of The Doors and became all-the-more-so after Morrison's untimely death at the age of 27. The character of the band, along with Morrison's slightly unhinged look and confident sexual appeal, are evident from the image.

Notes by Beth Taylor