“Like Jim Morrison, I fell asleep in a bath of freezing water”: reflections on living at 17 rue Beautreillis

Earlier this year I wrote several blog posts about the 40th anniversary of the death of Doors’ front man Jim Morrison and some events commemorating the anniversary.  For anyone reading those blog posts the following may be of interest. It’s an account by Jean Paul Desnos about living in the apartment block where Jim Morrison died.  This has been translated from French with thanks to Susan Bourdin at JimMorrisonsParis.com for the original.

“I have lived for a dozen years in Rue Beautreillis in the Marais quartier, in a luxurious 5-floor building. The building is interesting as it welcomed Jim Morrison between May and July 1971. It’s in one of the flats on the 3rd floor that he died in troubled circumstance. I live just above – it’s impossible to forget this host! A day doesn’t go by without (as soon as I punch in the door code), a number of tourists asking me if they can enter the building. The address and photos of the building have been published in quite a few guidebooks, ensuring an incessant influx of aficionados, or those who are simply curious”.  M Desnos goes on to say that he is not a particular fan of The Doors, rarely listens to their music and has only one of their albums, with Robby Kreiger’s ‘Light My Fire’ as one of his favourite tracks.  Despite numerous visits to Pere Lachaise cemetery, M Desnos has never sought out Jim’s grave.  He goes on to say: “However it sometimes happens that whilst taking a cold bath to chase away the heat of a July day, I think about the floor below, where, in an identical bathroom Jim Morrison pushed open the doors of perception with his feet”.

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