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People Are Strange: LA's Leather-Pantsed Lizard King Jim Morrison Died 40 Years Ago Today

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Jim Morrison, the leather-pantsed lizard king of Venice Beach and lead singer of The Doors died this day in 1971 in Paris, France. The Doors, though perfectly audible and resonant the world over, sound just a little clearer when played within limits of Los Angeles. Drivin down your freeways, midnight alleys roam. Cops in cars, the topless bars, never saw a woman, so alone.

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