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eBook The Lizard King Was Here: The Life and Times of Jim Morrison in Alexandria, Virginia ePub

by Mark Opsasnick

  • ISBN: 1425713300
  • Category: Arts and Literature
  • Subcategory: Biography
  • Author: Mark Opsasnick
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Xlibris (June 6, 2006)
  • Pages: 270
  • ePub book: 1843 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1769 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 797

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The Lizard King Was Here: The Life and Times of Jim Morrison in Alexandria, Virginia. Dueling book cover. ay the best design win! Start Voting. Examining Morrison's life from January 1959 to August 1961 - the years he resided in Alexandria, Virginia and attended George Washington High School - author Mark Opsasnick reveals a wealth of experiences that served to influence the singer's poetry, lyrics, and work as a performing artist with the Doors.

To date, Opsasnick’s best-selling work is the book The Lizard King Was Here: The Life and Times of Jim Morrison .

To date, Opsasnick’s best-selling work is the book The Lizard King Was Here: The Life and Times of Jim Morrison in Alexandria, Virginia which was published in 2006. This detailed biography is an in-depth study of a greatly overlooked period in the mercurial life of Jim Morrison. Examining Morrison’s life from January 1959 to August 1961 – the years he resided in Alexandria, Virginia and attended George Washington High School – Opsasnick reveals a wealth of experiences that served to influence the singer’s poetry, lyrics, and work as a performing artist with the.

To date, Opsasnick’s best-selling work is the book The Lizard King Was Here: The Life and Times of. This detailed biography is an in-depth study of a greatly overlooked period in the mercurial life of Doors. Mark Opsasnick is an on-camera subject in this feature-length independent documentary that examines the story of Led Zeppelin’s mysterious and now-legendary concert at the Wheaton Youth Center (Montgomery County, Maryland) which allegedly took place on January 20, 1969 during their first United States tour.

THE LIZARD KING WAS HERE ~ A copy of "The Lizard King Was Here: The Life and Times of Jim Morrison in Alexandria, Virginia," autographed by the author, Mark Opsasnick. This fascinating book is an in-depth study of a greatly overlooked period in the mercurial life of Jim Morrison. Also, a promotional postcard, a DVD or digital download of the movie, a shout-out on our web page, and our heartfelt thanks.

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Morrison graduated from George Washington High School in Alexandria in 1961 and left the area shortly . Opsasnick, Mark, The Lizard King Was Here: The Life and Times of Jim Morrison in Alexandria, Virginia, Xlibrus, 2006: 235. Tags.

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THE LIZARD KING WAS HERE is an in-depth study of a greatly overlooked period in the mercurial life of Jim Morrison, the late poet and lyricist-vocalist of the rock and roll band "The Doors" who died at the age of 27 in 1971. Examining Morrison's life fro

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Ceck Ceck
Mark Opsasnick -- mainly known for works about both rock and roll and the paranormal (a la R. Gary Patterson), but with a distinctly DC regional flare -- absolutely outdoes himself (and, in the process, every single other author of Morrison history to date) with this well-researched and written book. Forget NO ONE HERE GETS OUT ALIVE -- Opsasnick's account herein is without question the most honest, insightful, and circumspective one there is about the legend of the Lizard King.

Focusing predominantly on a two and a half year stretch during the end of JIm Morrison's high school career in Alexandria, Virginia from 1959 to 1961, this haunting retrospective draws on dozens of interviews with Jim Morrison's schoolmates, neighbors, and acquaintances to form the most complete and penetrating picture yet of the nascent singer/songwriter/poet who would become the superstar frontman for the Doors less than a decade later. The book also generously includes a full history of Alexandria, reaching all the way back to early colonization, and an account of Morrison's return to the area with the Doors in 1967 for a pair of well-documented performances. And MUCH more.

In short, BUY THIS BOOK. You will NOT regret it. Kudos, three cheers, and 5-stars go out to Mark Opsasnick on this superlative, and as yet, unmatched effort to bring the very essence of Jim Morrison -- his personality, his presence, and the times and environs in which he lived -- into a vivid, colorful perspective for every reader.
Dead Samurai Dead Samurai
Many of Jim Morrison's influences have been well documented: the French symbolists, James Joyce, the Beat writers, and the 1960s Los Angeles scene. Still, there are gaps in understanding his terrifying genius and talented rage.

Mark Opsasnick highlights the influences of one of the most misunderstood periods in Morrison's brief life, his high school years in the once-sleepy town of Alexandria, Virginia--right outside of Washington, DC. Opsasnick documents these influences with plenty of cultural history and numerous, skillful interviews with people who knew Morrison, or perhaps knew him as well as anyone did.

Unlike some other accounts of the band, the author's scholarship and attention to historical detail are simply exceptional. He is thorough, though never pedantic. Opsasnick, a talented cultural historian, makes these languid years return, alive again in all of their strangling proventialism. Yet he does this without bowing to cheap nostalgia or contemporary cultural haughtiness. He writes like someone who is intensely interested in his topic, the times, and his town. Maybe this is why this book book is so hard to put down.

Opsanick does not try to solve the mystery of who Jim Morrison "really was". (In fact, he lets the reader ponder a delightful new enigma as an epilogue.) Instead, he describes a key developmental period of a petulant introvert, who would later reinvent himself and shock the world. And in doing so, the author wrote an immensely enjoyable book for anyone with even a casual interest in the Doors, the DC area, or the cultural hollowness of the late 1950s.
Keel Keel
I've read a number of Doors books and whenever they talk about his school yrs I often wondered if anyone would investigate it. This book covers Jim's High School yrs from 1959 to 61 graduation. Some of these stories make sense to a number of antics Jim has later done as a rock star. I remember reading that Jim would just leave The Doors for days & no one would know where he ventured. Jim as a 17 yr old done this as well. Plus talking to his high school friends about faking his death. No one ever remembers Jim even talking about forming a band or shown any interest in rock music. Besides influences of philosopher Nietzsche, French poet Rimbaud, British Poet/artist William Blake I liked the chapter that talks about Jim's books and favorite authors like Kafka, James Joyce, Camus, and the Beat Generation Kerouac, Burroughs, Ginsberg to name a few. They also list some the of titles w/ a brief discription. Very interesting to see where Jim got his influences.
you secret you secret
First, I echo the comments from all the other 5-star reviews; they put it best.

Second, I have lived in Arlington/Alexandria since 1989 (with a short detour in the Army) and I am amazed to find that I have been to some of the same places that Jim inhabited while he was here. I never realized that I used to live just a few blocks from his high school, and used to walk through the same tunnel that was shot in his "PINMAN" movie.

More than just a story about Jim Morrison, the book is a story of DC/Northern Virginia in the 60s, and would give anyone (even a non-Doors fan) an informative cultural history of how our hometown has changed in the last 40 years. How did teens and young adults live before the Metro? What did they do for fun before they had the City Paper and the Internet to tell them what to do?

Some of the places described in the book (Harrigans Restaurant for example) sound like such treasured venues it's a shame that they're gone. I almost wish I never learned they existed, because DC lacks the lustre it once had.

If you are a Doors fan, you should buy this book. If you are a Doors fan from DC, you MUST buy this book.
Pameala Pameala
I have always wanted to read about Jim Morrison's teenage years but no book ever really touched on it. This book does a pretty good job, in tells of things that you may have never heard and those that are more known it goes into more depth about. It talks about the history of Alexandria also, and sometimes can go off on random things when you just want to read what you bought it for: JIM MORRISON. But it does a great job balancing it all.
Blackseeker Blackseeker
Glad to finally have my own copy of hometown Alexandrian and his story. thanks.
Fomand Fomand
One of my favorites because I love in VA and got to check out the area and get the feel. So glad I found this book.
If you're obsessed with Jim Morrison, this is a great reference. And if you're not...well, I can't pretend to know what you will think.