The house at 8216 Norton Avenue.
It’s official! The house at 8216 Norton Avenue where Jim Morrison and Pam Courson once lived is now a bed and breakfast. The property also boasts a plaque stating “Last U.S. Home of Jim Morrison”.
Cheri Woods the owner of the Norton Avenue house, which she calls ‘Cheri Amour’ has a long track record of trying to exploit the property and its association with Morrison and Courson for profit. She’s sold vials of dirt from the property calling it ‘Doors Dirt’, the appliances, and against zoning laws has rented the house out and given quick tours for $20. This past spring Woods applied for and has been granted a Cultural Resource Designation paving the way for her to make the property a bed and breakfast.
Yesterday a rental listing went live online for monthly rentals of the house. Of course the main attraction is being in the same space as Morrison and Courson, sleeping in their master bedroom, or sitting in the same living room where Morrison gave his last U.S. interview to Ben Fong-Torres. The house boasts easy access to Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and the Sunset Strip (“for the exciting night life where you will rub shoulders with the stars”). The listing also assures, “We are the location of choice for entertainment industry luminaries!” You can also bring your pets to stay with you.
A few drawbacks, no central air though a couple of rooms have window unit air conditioners, and a minimum stay of 30 days. How much does this all cost? Average price $3000 for the month. If you would like more information on staying at the Norton Avenue house or you would like to see a slideshow of the interior, visit Jim Morrison’s Last U.S. Home at Roomorama. Tell them Jim sent you.
Photo and text by Jim Cherry
Pam filmed by Jim in 1971, Corsica cemetery
Text scans from Patricia Butler’s Angels Dance Angels Die by http://bandaidpennylane.tumblr.com/
On September 22, 1967, The Doors played two sets at Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium in Providence, RI. Below is a rare photo of Jim Morrison with his girlfriend Pamela Courson taken before the concert that night. Click here to learn more about the concert and see other rare photos and an original print ad. Both photo and text is credited to http://www.thedoorsguide.com/
The band Three Dog Night wore clothes from Pam’s boutique Themis for their new album photo shoot LP sleeve ‘It ain’t easy’. According to Jimmy Greenspoon, Pamela Courson designed the clothes and they were all custom made for the band. They were one of a kind.
The band’s album cover
Photos from the shoot with the band mates wearing the clothes Pamela designed and made for them.
Pam with Jim, Tere and friends in Themis, 1969
Pearl Courson died July 11 at age 90. Courson was the mother of Pam Courson who was the “Cosmic Mate” and common-law wife of Doors lead singer Jim Morrison.
Pearl Courson was born in Chicago in 1923, she met Columbus ‘Corky’ Courson who was an officer in the Navy during which time they traveled the world before settling in Weed, California and raised daughters Judith and Pamela. Pearl also known as ‘Penny’ had an artistic flair, she was a ‘connoisseur of the arts’ and worked as an interior designer. Her daughter Pam, who later opened the Los Angeles boutique Themis may have inherited her mother’s artistic streak.
Pam Courson met Jim Morrison in Los Angeles while The Doors were still a small band playing dive bars on the Sunset Strip. Though Courson’s and Morrison’s relationship was tumultuous, both had other intimate affairs and experimented freely with drugs. Courson’s and Morrison’s relationship weathered his fame as a rock ‘n’ roll star and they remained together until Morrison’s death in Paris in July 1971. Morrison left his entire estate to Courson, when Pam died in 1974 the estate went to Courson’s parents.
After a brief legal battle with Morrison’s parents over the estate the Courson’s retained the rights to Jim Morrison’s poetry and they worked with The Doors, Jim Morrison’s producer of choice for his poetry album John Haeny, and Frank Lisciandro to produce the 1978 album of Morrison’s poetry “An American Prayer.” In the late 80’s the Courson’s again worked with Lisciandro to release two books of Morrion’s poetry “Wilderness” and “The American Night.”
In later years the Coursons became staunch defenders of their daughter’s memory. One of conditions for the use of Jim Morrison’s poetry in Oliver Stone’s “The Doors” was that the movie project Pamela’s character in a positive manner. In more recent years though they have refused requests to release any more of Morrison’s writing. Those close to them were unsure as to why.
Columbus Courson died in 2008 at age 90. Pearl will buried next to her husband of 64 years. She is survived by her daughter Judith Courson Burton, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held August 16th in Santa Barbara. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Jim Morrison Film Award at UCLA, or the Santa Barbara Hospice which helped Courson in her final years.
Jim dedicated his poetry book The American Night (volume 2) to Pamela.
Both photos pound on Tumblr by earthlysins and mygloombeauty
The December 1968, Hullabaloo magazine issue, features an article on the Doors, as well as a photo showing Jim, Dorothy and Pam. Pamela is not credited in the photo or article.
Mick Jagger’s on the cover.
Pamela Courson She Dances In a Ring of Fire Official Facebook Page
I know I haven’t been updating as much as before. I had some stuff I had to deal with in my personal life, so it left me little time to update. I promise I will try to do as best as I can when it comes to updating this page. In the meantime, I tweaked the pages look a little and hope you all like it . I have to get back in the saddle and see if there’s anything new in the Pam or Jim Morrison world so I can start updating regularly again. Be back soon. My love to you all.