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Why Do They Call Jim Morrison The Lizard King?

Jim Morrison. Photo by Electra Records (1968). PD. Wikimedia Commons.

If the title of this blog caught your eye, well then, you must be from my generation. If you know the answer to the question, good for you. Frankly, I didn’t know the answer when I decided to write my fifth book called Where Did They Bury Jim Morrison, The Lizard King? —A Walking Tour of Paris Cemeteries. So for those of you who don’t know the answer, here is a multiple-choice test.

Why is Jim Morrison called the Lizard King?

(a)          Jim called himself the Lizard King because he wanted the media to have something to hold onto and use to recognize him.

(b)          Jim grew up in part in New Mexico and snakes, lizards, and other assorted desert creatures were a part of his early upbringing.

(c)           His face was leathery and resembled an iguana.

(d)          Jim thought he could control lizards through his thought process.

(e)          He was given this name because of a poem he wrote called, “The Celebration of the Lizard King” that included the line, “I am the lizard king / I can do anything.”

(f)           Jim was a huge fan of King Crimson.

(g)          He was high on drugs when he proclaimed himself the Lizard King.

(h)          His long-term, on again-off again girlfriend, Pamela Courson gave Jim that name for his prowess in bed.

Okay, which one is it? Other than (c), (f), and (h)—I made those up, I found each one of these reasons on the Internet. The consensus was that (e) was the real reason.

The point of my blog is not really to highlight Jim Morrison. It’s to point out the stuff you find on the Internet as “fact” needs to be scrubbed and verified. I know I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know but I thought this would be a great example (and fun). I run into this all the time while researching my walking tour books.

Oh, by the way, in 2013 a new lizard fossil was discovered that lived in Myanmar. It was named Barbaturex morrisoni in honor of Jim. So regardless of which of the above is the real reason, Jim Morrison is now scientifically validated as The Lizard King.

Catch more about Jim Morrison in my upcoming book:  Where Did They Bury Jim Morrison, the Lizard King? A Walking Tour of Paris Cemeteries. But you’ll have to wait until 2018. 

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