New rare Themis photos 1969

New unseen rare photos (and some not so rare) from the Themis photo shoot by Raeanne Rubenstein, 1969

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Jim and Pam larger Themis photo

A nice version of the Themis photo shoot. It’s a clearer and larger. Too bad they cut Tere Tereba out of the photo. I would love to see this version with Tere in it. It’s beautiful either way and was posted by this Instagram account:
https://www.instagram.com/metamorphosisvintage/

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Young woman has Pam’s white 1968 dress duplicated for her graduation party (update)

A young woman on instagram uploaded a picture of her new dress, which she had made to look exactly like the dress Pamela wore in 1968 for The Beard premiere and the Coconut Grove dinner party .

The young woman’s instagram page is:
https://www.instagram.com/the.ballad.of.george.and.food/

the young woman wearing the dress!

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Mirandi Babitz

Today I will be blogging about the legendary Babitz sister. First, Mirandi Babitz. Mirandi was Pamela Courson best friend all through college and up to the time Pamela opened up her own boutique Themis. Here’s an article written by By Dennis Nishi about Mirandi transitioning from clothing designer to therapist.

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A jacket Mirandi designed and made, This slim-fitting jerkin, with its appliquéd design of an eagle's head, is in keeping with the late-1960s interest in 'ethnic' cultures. It was bought at Hung On You, an elite Chelsea boutique owned by Michael Rainey, who was married to the hippy socialite Jane Ormsby Gore, daughter of Lord Harlech.
A jacket Mirandi designed and made, This slim-fitting jerkin, with its appliquéd design of an eagle’s head, is in keeping with the late-1960s interest in ‘ethnic’ cultures. It was bought at Hung On You, an elite Chelsea boutique owned by Michael Rainey, who was married to the hippy socialite Jane Ormsby Gore, daughter of Lord Harlech.

When Mirandi Babitz started playing the harpsichord, she knew she would never become a professional musician like her father, a classical violinist. She didn’t have the same talent, she says. Ms. Babitz did find her way into music eventually — as a concert promoter and the designer who outfitted Doors frontman Jim Morrison in his signature leather pants. After 18 years of rock ‘n’ roll, Ms. Babitz, now 62, hung up her fast life in music in favor of something quite different: family therapy. But, she says, her first act perfectly informs her second.

Ms. Babitz spent much of her childhood in Europe and returned to the U.S. after high school. In 1967, she met her first husband. He was a clothing designer and musician, and together they opened a clothing boutique on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood — right next door to the infamous Psychedelic Conspiracy shop. The two worked their connections in the local Los Angeles music scene to design one-of-a-kind garments for rock musicians like John Kay of Steppenwolf and Eric Clapton.

In 1974, Ms. Babitz and her husband divorced and she quit clothing design. But a singer friend convinced her to become a road manager, and Ms. Babitz discovered it was a job she was good at. Although Ms. Babitz had no experience, she used her connections from her design days to sign well-known bands. At one point she helped the labor leader Caesar Chavez put together a benefit concert for the United Farm Workers.

Ms. Babitz continued to produce concerts for the next eight years for top headliners including Jackson Browne, Little Feat, Bonnie Rait and Crosby Stills & Nash. But she also indulged in the dangerous lifestyle of a musician. By 1983, Ms. Babitz says she realized the alcohol and substance abuse she’d fallen into had spiraled out of control. “I was so miserable that I had to make a change before it killed me,” she says. So she entered a recovery program.

Ms. Babitz went back to concert promotion after rehab but says she had lost her passion for the work. Her closest friend, Laurie Pepper, wife of former jazz saxophonist Art Pepper, recalls the time. “The weather, the flaky acts, all of those responsibilities were too much,” she says. “The only thing that really kept her going for those last two years after sobriety was the law of inertia.”

Ms. Babitz quit the field altogether in 1985. She had no idea what she wanted to do next. Then, a psychologist friend suggested that Ms. Babitz should consider a mental-health career.

Ms. Babitz embraced the idea and enrolled in the clinical psychology program at Antioch University in 1987, where she earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree. She interned for two years under an instructor and then started her own marriage and family counseling practice in Torrance, Calif.

Now, after 14 years as a therapist, Ms. Babitz says she is doing exactly what she was meant to do. She specializes in addiction and anxiety disorders and often works with artists and musicians. “I’ve found that my own story of how I got out [of addiction] is essential to reach somebody caught in addiction,” she says. “It puts patients at ease.”

Mirandi today at the age of 69
Mirandi today at the age of 69

Jim wearing some of Mirandi leather designs.

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Source and credits:
All Text article by Dennis Nishi http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB122998382930027825
Photos and information by:
http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O121992/jerkin-mirandi-babitz/
http://materialconcern.com/?m=201108&paged=4
Jim Morrison photos from:
https://www.google.com/search?q=mirandi+babitz&newwindow=1&biw=1538&bih=770&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=YoJeVeD4NbOOsQTv94CACA&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ#newwindow=1&tbm=isch&q=jim+morrison+leather+pants

Oliver Stones ‘The Doors’ Meg as Pam

I have not seen The Doors by Oliver Stone in over 15 years. It was nice to see all these screen caps uploaded onto Tumblr today. It brought back some fond memories of first seeing the movie with a several close friends of mine and me walking out of the theater in a daze. I also fell madly in love with Val Kilmer. That face. That body. The way he spoke. The way he sang. The way he performed like Jim Morrison…

I was in love!

Of course the movie was controversial within The Doors community. Oliver Stone took the liberty of changing history and creating several scenes in the film that never happened in real life. Low grade Acid? Never existed. Ray’s hippie wedding to Dorothy in the beach? Didn’t happen that way. Pam meeting Patricia Kennealy for the first time at a Thanksgiving dinner,  where Pamela proceeded to ask Jim “did you put your dick inside this woman?” Never happened. But despite all the historical errors, wrong dates and horrible wigs, the film was good. Val’s incredible performance was Oscar worthy. The film introduced a new generation to the music of The Doors.

I feel like watching the movie now. I think I will Netflix it tonight…

So, here are some screen caps posted by Bandaidpennylane on Tumblr!

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Screen caps by
http://bandaidpennylane.tumblr.com