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Each year, thousands of music fans make a vigil to their favorite musician’s grave sites. At Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee, where the king of rock n’ roll Elvis Presley is buried, 600,000 tourists pay a visit each year. On May 3, 2016, Graceland celebrated 20 million visitors. If 20 million Elvis fans can’t be wrong, where would your destination be?

Featured: Jim Morrison, Michael Jackson, Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Jim Croce, Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, Amy Winehouse and Elvis Presley.

Jones, G. (2017, June 5). A Field Guide to Graves of Famous Rock Musicians. Retrieved from www.spinditty.com

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Once upon a time, in a secret forest clearing, there was erected a temple to the Old Gods. On that sacred ground, witches gathered from neighboring lands to celebrate the Grand Sabbat of Samhain, to light the bonfires, and embrace the coming darkness of winter without fear. Around that temple lay an old cemetery, and there they circled to honor the Mighty Dead of the land, blood and Spirit… especially the Spirit of Jim Morrison, as an incarnation of Dionysus.

Into their temple, they welcomed an honored Priest, flown in from distant lands, there to teach and lead their rites. Pan Mankey was his witching name, golden haired, and laughing, all coy charm, reverence, and sincere badassery. He raised his bottle of cider, and his voice spoke out the invocations, unlocking the wild witches from all fettered convention. Together, they enacted The Morrison Ritual, Lo, that fateful sabbat day.

Heron Michelle. (2017, May 11). A Funny Thing Happened at the Dionysian Ritual. Retrieved from www.patheos.com

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Jim-Morrison and Brian Jones Pop Art

The Death Chronicles is a new series of articles that will run for 12 months. Each week I will pick two music celebrities who passed away within the month we are in. This week I’d like to feature two who were taken from us on the same day, Jim Morrison and Brian Jones.

Jim Morrison in 1970 (left) and (right) allegedly as Richard in 2009

THE Doors legend Jim Morrison 'faked his own death' and is living as an ageing homeless hippy in New York, according to a conspiracy theorist.

Morrison's grave at Père Lachaise with the Greek inscription on it: ΚΑΤΑ ΤΟΝ ΔΑΙΜΟΝΑ ΕΑΥΤΟΥ (August 2008)

Last July 3, 2015 was the 44th death anniversary of Jim Morrison, the lead singer of that transcendent rock band, the Doors. A month before, after years of planning to visit Morrison’s gravesite at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Eastern Paris, I got to do so and commune with one of the fallen idols of my youth.

Jim Morrison by Stephan Beauvais

Jim Morrison Project

The Jim Morrison Project is an audio & visual anthology detailing the life of Jim Morrison through his poetry, films, art, spoken word & music with The Doors.