Jung called it synchronicity. Jim Morrison called it the connectors. Even if you know everyone has only seven degrees of separation from any one person (or seven degrees of Kevin Bacon), certain moments make you believe there are forces that pull things together, like the meeting of Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek on Venice Beach. This is now a rock ‘n’ roll inevitability, it was pre-ordained. It couldn’t have happened any other way. One thing leads to another, and in writing one story leads to another. This one starts in September when I wrote an article about artist Jim Warren and his portrait of Jim Morrison that was on a door that came from one of Morrison’s Florida residences (see related articles below). That article was seen by Stan Zipperman who was a long time rock writer in L.A., publicist, and manager. In his time as a writer and publicist in 1960’s Los Angeles he met Jim Morrison.
Zipperman first started hearing about The Doors on the Sunset Strip in early 1966 when people started telling him about a band he had to see that was playing a small hole-in-the-wall bar on the strip (The London Fog). Later, Zipperman was the West Coast editor for GO magazine (published by Robin Leach, who would become famous for the TV show “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous“), that covered the burgeoning rock ‘n’ roll scene. Zipperman had a chance to see The Doors at North Hollywood High School with the Jefferson Airplane who had a woman singer before Grace Slick (Signe Toly Anderson). The Doors absolutely mesmerized him. In his capacity with GO, Zipperman got the first interview with Jim Morrison. Unfortunately, the meeting didn’t go well. The two met at a Chinese restaurant in Hollywood, but Morrison seemed aloof and somewhat arrogant. GO magazine wasn’t a teen magazine and treated rock as a serious subject and Zipperman’s questions were above the “what is your favorite color” type of questions, but Morrison didn’t seem interested in the questions. Zipperman’s last encounter with Morrison was after The Doors were well established, Zipperman was at The Cheetah at POP (Pacific Ocean Park) on the Santa Monica Pier. Zipperman was there because by that time he was managing a band named Power that was playing that night. It was rumored that Morrison was in the audience, but no one saw him until a very drunk and/or drugged up Morrison jumped onstage, got behind Power’s lead singer and sort of ‘dry humped’ him then grabbed the microphone and tried to sing. But Morrison was so inebriated that all that came out were incoherent croaks and vocalizations. This wasn’t atypical behavior for Morrison. Occasionally Morrison was known to jump onstage with musicians that moved him, including Bo Diddley at the Whisky a go-go and in New York at The Scene when Jimi Hendrix, was playing and a recording of this exists in the bootleg “Morrison’s Lament.” Zipperman was standing next to the woman who was the publicist of The Cheetah. She was so shocked by the sexual content of Morrison’s actions she swore Zipperman to secrecy to never tell the story. Seeing Morrison in this state, Zipperman had a premonition that no one could do this many drugs and live. Morrison of course was known to have a mercurial personality and a dark side and that seems to be the Jim Morrison Zipperman encountered. People like to think of their heros as being infallible and while we acknowledge they’re flawed we tend to overlook them, but that overlooks the humanity of the person and views them not as they were but as we’d like them to have been.
These days, Stan Zipperman who also has credentials as an art critic and connoisseur, is starting a feature film project around Jim Warren’s 1976 painting “Sexual Explosion”. “Sexual Explosion” has been banned almost from the moment of its creation for being “obscene and sexually explicit”, and this was at the time of ’The Sexual Revolution’. Since then, Warren’s “Sexual Explosion” has been used in various art and music videos and has gained the reputation as being the “Mona Lisa” of the 21st century. Zipperman’s Hollywood Entertainment Productions is creating a screenplay by erotic novelist John Griswald (“The Girl From Rue Serpente”) to write a romantic fantasy drama screenplay based on the painting and is described as a haunting love story about the girl in the “Sexual Explosion” painting who comes to life. If you would like to see more of Jim Warren’s work and the press release for “Sexual Explosion” please visit Stan Zipperman’s Youtube channel.
If you still aren’t convinced of the synchronistic occurrences connected to this article, Zipperman has a connection to another Doors Examiner story of John Morton and his band Hunger who had befriended Jim Morrison (see related article below “From Paradise to Happy Valley”).
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