manhime, on 03 April 2013 - 05:40 PM, said:
I found the website I was talking about. Why would countless people lie about Paris?
June 16th 1971: Jim stumbles upon two young American street musicians who are playing guitar in front of the Café de Flore.
On one of his walks through the narrow streets of St-Germain des-Près one day he discovered a recording studio, and went there again on June 16th to listen to a reel-to-reel tape of the poetry he had recorded in March 1969 in Los Angeles. On stepping out of the studio in search of liquid refreshment, he stumbled upon two young American street musicians who were playing guitar in front of the Café de Flore. He decided on the spot to buy them a drink. Later in the afternoon he invited them to a spontaneous recording session in the studio he had just come from. Everybody was already drunk. Jim told the engineer it was his own band called Jomo And The Smoothies and paid for an hour of recording.
"I get twenty-five percent of everything that happens, right?" he told the musicians. The others tuned their guitars. This took a fairly long time while the tape was running, and it sounded horrible. Jim grinned "They're tolerating us until we get our asses in gear." he said.
But the three musicians failed to make decent recordings of songs they knew, although one guitarist suggested songs like 'Little Miss Five Feet Five', 'Three Little Fishes' and 'I Wanna Dance With My Indigo Sugar'. Even when it came to his own material, Jim couldn't quite remember all the lyrics of his ode to Pamela, 'Orange County Suite', screaming and yelling the hazy parts. The session ended after only 14 minutes and the engineer cut the tape. Jim and the two others listened to the tape again, but decided not to record more. Jim scribbled "JOMO AND THE SMOOTHIES" onto the box and put it into a plastic bag in which he also put the poetry tape and a few other belongings.
Then they left the studio and split. Jim wanted to go for some more drinks but wasn't into carrying the bag around. After all, the poetry tape was the master copy from Elektra Records' archives, and together with the master of the recording he and the musicians had just made as Jomo and The Smoothies, the risk of losing the plastic bag somewhere in a Parisian bar during the night would have been too great. So he decided to pay a visit to Philippe, a friend of his who used to live just round the corner.
"I used to be a friend of Jim's when he was in Paris", Philippe told The Doors Quarterly Magazine in 1994. "I met him quite often because I was in love with a girl who was Pamela's friend. But it wasn't that much we did together, you know, a few meetings here and there. We all went out a couple of times to bars and restaurants in the Quartier, the Marais and Les Halles, where we had drinks together. He always was very quiet, not talkative at all. Very shy. But there always was a good feeling between us."
They shared a few drinks while copying some poetry tapes on cassette. When Jim left, he took the dubbed cassettes, but not the plastic bag with the two reels. Philippe ran after him shouting, "Jim, you forgot your bag!" but Jim was a ready going down in the elevator yelling back, "Keep it for me, I'll pick it up later!".
Philippe never saw Jim Morrison again. Of course he was curious and looked into the bag. Jim was carrying not only the two reels with him that night, but also a note book full of poetry, a bunch of private photos (including a polaroid showing Jim standing at the window of his Rue Beautreillis apartment looking out in the street) and official Elektra press pictures, also two newspaper articles. One was an interview with film director Jean-Luc Godard called l Film And Revolution, the other was an article torn out from Patricia Kennealy's Jazz And Pop magazine named Morrison Hotel Revisited. Philippe put the plastic bag into a cupboard and forgot about it until he attended a celebration concert for Jim Morrison's 50th birthday in Paris in 1993. He thought it would be too selfish to keep the tapes and decided to give DAT-copies to fans. Months later, in 1994, a bootleg CD came out in Canada called Jim Morrison - The Lost Paris Tapes, containing complete recordings of the two master reels...
The original tapes, however, were sold for $10,000 to a German fan in 1995.
Well aware of Rainer and his sources on this particular issue.,,,,not to mention his ridiculous belief that Jim was going to return from Paris "to be with his wife, Patricia".....ridiculous
But, back to the point at hand, when you consider there's not one French accent at the supposed recording studio in France, and that it is Paul Rothchild's voice (you can listen to numerous studio outtakes from when he was producing The Doors) as well. But the real story about this drunken ramble has been talked about for years and just doesn't add up. The first book to publish info was back in 2009.
One thing you have to learn is that just because something has been stated as a fact over and over and over, like a grapevine of people retelling the same story doesn't make it true. They're all repeating someone else's story. Kind of like Jim's interview with Howard Smith which for decades was listed as November of 1970, as "one of Jim's last interviews" etc etc.
If you actually listen to the interview, you hear Jim talking about a recent trip to New Orleans with a friend (it was Frank Lisciandro and it happened in mid-1969). Then he talks about upcoming concerts in New York "in January"......well, those were the Felt Forum concerts in January of 1970.....So despite what hundreds if not thousands of people have posted about that "November 1970" interview all over the Internet, it actually took place a full year before in November 1969.....But it took YEARS AND YEARS before people started to listen. I'm sure if you poke around, you'll still see plenty of references that it took place in November 1970.
These stories just get spewed and spewed with no fact checking, so they become accepted as facts.
Anyway, here's an interesting article about the Jomo tapes:
Edited by rokritr, 04 April 2013 - 12:57 AM.