WEIRDLAND: Amber Heard vs Johnny Depp, Jim Morrison (Behind Closed Doors by Jerry Hopkins)

Monday, March 16, 2020

Amber Heard vs Johnny Depp, Jim Morrison (Behind Closed Doors by Jerry Hopkins)

"Amber Heard was regularly verbally and mentally abusive and would often scream at me... over the smallest things," assistant Kate James states. 'She would fly into blind rages where no-one could reason with her." James claims the actress would often binge on wine and drugs - specifically magic mushrooms and MDMA - and text her abuse throughout the night. 'When I woke up in the morning, there would almost always be a barrage of incoherent abuse sent to me from Amber by text between around 2am and 4am. Johnny Depp claims that Heard's allegations that she was a victim of domestic violence were an 'elaborate hoax' designed to generate positive publicity and advance her career. David Sherborne, representing Mr Depp, said the evidence 'demonstrates in her own voice that she was not a victim of domestic abuse, but rather that she was the aggressor'. He added that, in the recordings, Miss Heard is apparently heard to say that no-one would believe Mr Depp if he claimed to be a victim of domestic violence. Adam Wolanski QC said Mr Depp's previous legal team, from whom he parted company on February 11, had 'accidentally' disclosed 70,000 text messages to NGN's lawyers. During the hearing on February 26, lawyers for NGN said texts sent by Mr Depp during his relationship with Miss Heard are 'very damaging' to his case. Source:

”I knew Johnny very well years ago. We were together as a couple for four years, and I counted him as my best friend, and as close to me as family. I count our relationship as one of the more significant relationships of my life. I understand that it is very important that I speak from my own experience,” Ryder stated. "I obviously was not there during his marriage to Amber Heard, but, from my experience, which was so wildly different, I was absolutely shocked, confused and upset when I heard the accusations against him. The idea that he is a violent person is the farthest thing from the Johnny I knew and loved. I cannot wrap my head around these accusations. He was never, never violent towards me. He was never, never abusive at all towards me. He has never been violent or abusive towards anybody I have seen. I truly and honestly only know him as a really good man- an incredibly loving, extremely caring guy who was so very protective of me and the people that he loves, and I felt so very, very safe with him." Source:

Variations in the sexuality of self-identified heterosexual women are related to preferences for male facial masculinity, according to new research published in International Journal of Sexual Health. The study found that more than half of heterosexual women reported at least some attraction to women, which in turn was related to their assessments of male attractiveness. Even though all the women identified as heterosexual, 62.60% of them reported some level of sexual attraction to other women. In particular, single women, older women, and women who considered themselves attractive were more likely to view more masculine-looking faces as attractive. The study, “Attraction to Men and Women Predicts Sexual Dimorphism Preferences“, was authored by Carlota Batres, Benedict C. Jones, and David I. Perrett. Source:

Jeff Fink (2014): I returned to L.A. with great satisfaction, as over the weekend I met with Candy Evans, a woman who intimately knew Jim Morrison from 1968-71. This was Candy’s first interview about her time with Jim and I was honored she chose to sit with me as she looked into her past. Candy and I bonded over our mutual desire to see Jim’s non-Lizard King humanity finally brought to light. Among the many memories Candy shared was that Jim spoke to her of wanting to start a family. He even cited specific baby names he favored. Candy, to her credit, made it clear to me that Jim, as fond of her as he was, did not hint that he had her in mind as the would-be mother. Candy noted that Jim even described how a mother-to-be should take great care of her body and mind via prenatal vitamins, exercise and rest, and the complete avoidance of drugs and alcohol. After years of research into Jim’s life, I long ago concluded that a significant amount of information in NOHGOA was the result of Danny Sugerman fabricating stories in order to help sell Jerry Hopkins’s manuscript which admittedly had been again and again rejected. According to Hopkins, Warner Books rejected his solo draft several times before finally biting on Sugerman’s (along with Ray Manzarek as ghostwriter) revision. I’ve come across a number of intriguing clues that could serve to reinforce such a seemingly far-fetched scenario as a man permanently checking out without turning in his room key.

As Jim Morrison himself wrote: “Did you have a good world when you died? Enough to base a movie on?” A number of my interviewees have described Jim Morrison as an “actor” playing a role he wrote for himself. Sherry (a woman from Pasadena who offered a brief interview for Esquire in 1972): "Jim was sometimes impotent. Most of the time with me he never had an orgasm, he gave up. A few times he acted as though he did but I sensed it was an act. If I had not a full response that would drive him wild, because he thought I was holding out on purpose. He oscillated between the man and the child. A long session of sex, then the sudden collapse, whimpering: ‘I need somebody to love me, please take care of me, please don’t leave me.’"

No other music figure has been as vilified, spited on, demonized, as Jim Morrison was. Danny Fields liked to parrot how rude Morrison was - the same Danny Fields that maliciously trash talked Johnny and Edgar Winter brothers just as Johnny was dying. Like all of these types of stories about Jim Morrison, it will turn out that facts have been conveniently left out because dark stories about Morrison are more profitable. Danny Fields hated Jim Morrison and the feeling was more than mutual; it was Fields who forced the meeting between Jim Morrison and Nico. Nico was madly in love with Morrison, was a willing participant in his weird games, and she always spoke highly of him. Nowadays, Morrison has become rock´s critic main punching bag. Lou Reed famously hated the Doors. Since The Velvet Underground are seen by the critics as "heroes", every hero needs a designated "villain" so here enter the Doors. I think the fact that Nico made out with Morrison, it got Lou on his nerves. Lou Reed seemed to hate anyone who were more successful than he was. So, he pretty much hated everyone. Reed was known to be a very nasty, miserable individual and was thoroughly hated throughout the industry. 

Nico's love and respect for Jim Morrison is what set Reed off when it came to Morrison. Lou Reed apparently had liked Jim Morrison enough to note, in an interview with Jim Martin in Open City magazine #78: "he's going through all this whole number [onstage] for the kids, very nice, very religious rock & roll," but Morrison's affair with Nico had seemingly left Reed sour. Eye magazine took Danny Fields's suggestion for setting up a photoshoot with Nico and Morrison as a beautiful couple, but Morrison refused to do it, wary of his volatile girlfriend Pamela. Lou Reed had composed for Nico her trademark songs in The VU and allegedly wrote Berlin as a sort of farewell letter. Nico had described Lou as 'soft and lovely, not aggressive at all.' Whereas, Morrison 'was affectionate to my looks and my mind... and the best sex I had ever.' January Jensen remembers Morrison speaking with great pride of Pam’s svelte look. To him, her size made her seem like one of the mythical sprites that frequented Mt. Shasta, and it made him feel powerful by comparison. Instead, with Nico he woul have felt ambivalent, and despite a passionate romance, Morrison returned back to Pam. Jim connected with Pam on several affective levels, specially because Pam also came from a family who had ignored her eccentric personality. Jim Morrison did a good job of keeping his childhood traumas to himself. If we ever fully realized what he dealt with while growing up and the pain he was dealing with psychologically Morrison's life story would go from being sad to heartbreaking. 

In Jim Morrison's case, from where I stand, this "myth" and this "image" was exaggerated and promoted by "admirers" with profit in mind. I think Jim Morrison left his former band mates with feelings of anger and resentment at all of the professional and financial opportunities his behavior and actions cost them. "No One Here Gets Out Alive" (aka "Nothing Here But A Lot of Lies") was a misguided attempt by Danny ''Professional Groupie/Parasite' Sugerman, Jerry 'I-Hate-Jim-Morrison-For-Reasons-Still-Unknown' Hopkins, along with Manzarek's help, to recoup the money Manzarek felt Morrison owed him, re-popularize The Doors which was supposed to lead to more professional and financial opportunities for the remaining members. In the end it backfired because all people came away with after reading that book was that Jim Morrison was an asshole. If they had approached Jim Morrison's life and short career with honesty and integrity, Jim and The Doors would not be considered "one the most divisive figures and bands in rock music." I also believe that male journalists resent the fact that women still drool over pictures of Morrison and that's why they are so ready to pounce on anything nasty said about him, regardless of the facts and whether or not there is any proof to back up these stories. Actually he was very self-conscious and people often took advantage of him. Morrison did not have a lot of friends in the industry like a lot of other rock figures who were ten times worse than he was, who are considered beloved. I guess Mary Werbelow wisely stayed out of the whole Jim Morrison biography circus (she may have feared Patricia Kennealy making her life impossible. Kennealy is not a fan of women Jim Morrison actually did have a relationship with and those he actually did love and care about).  -by RidderontheStorm1969

Richard Meltzer, rock critic from Crawdaddy magazine (1967): "There was a club called Ondine under 59th Street bridge in New York, and The Doors played like two months, three months of bar-band sets. And looking back, it seems to me what my impression of Jim Morrison was, my initial impression was that it was the music was like universal heterosexual testosterone overkill. But what about the dead soldier? Morrison attains a bizarre duality in The Unknown Soldier. He is killed but survives triumphantly in sound. He is both victim and victor, martyr and apostle. Unfortunately, this is a dangerous combination. It implies that for every part ecstasy, we must have one part death. You wanna end the war, boys and girls? Kill your favorite rock singer first." 

Rock Is Dead (Complete Version) · The Doors. The Soft Parade ℗ 2019 Rhino Entertainment. Mixing Engineer: Bruce Botnick Bass: Harvey Brooks Arranger: Jim Morrison Vocals: Jim Morrison

Why Jim Morrison is Still Relevant in the Twenty-first Century: A shamanistic shouter, though a paradoxically shy one, also ex-nihilo a capable crooner and songwriter, both craftsman and archetype, as essential to the development of the rock style as to the theory and practice of Götterdämmerung. But there was something bizarrely Horatio Alger-like about his story. What seems unique about Morrison is that he seems less a force of nature and more of a self-willed creation—an auto-didact, even, an intellectual intrigued by Artaud’s theory of a Theatre of Cruelty and determined to materialize it in his own being. Morrison may finally have wanted nothing more than to come back through the doors he’d opened, to return to normality from the other side, to become again the mere aesthete that he’d started out to be. Hence the late attempts at filmmaking, and the fact that, toward the end, he began to think of himself as James Douglas Morrison. As atypical as was his de-facto marriage to longtime companion Pamela Courson, part-Lilith, part-Daisy, it was still a form of monogamy. And, as exotic as Paris still is in all our imaginations, as important as it was as an artistic source for Morrison, the City of Light seemed to have functioned for Jim and Pamela as an opportunity for rest and rehab, a retreat, a temporary retirement home. 

Pamela returned to California and lived for a short while in Bolinas with rock journalist Ellen Sander, then in Sausalito for a year before returning to Los Angeles. Diane Gardiner, an old friend who was then working for Jefferson Airplane, revealed: "Pamela told me about Jim's death. It's true that he got into some of her drugs and overdosed, but I don't think Pam tried to cover it up. Pamela was devastated." At the same time, she was fighting to be recognized as Jim’s legal wife. A compromise was reached in January 1974 with a final accounting of the estate. Pamela bought a yellow Volkswagen bug and talked about purchasing land in Colorado. I finally met Pam, only once, in the summer of 1973. She agreed to meet me at the urging of a mutual friend. As she studied the menu, I studied her. She had an almost translucent beauty, a radiance. She made you want to take care of her. I knew, by then, that she was not so vulnerable as she appeared, that she had matched Jim outrage for outrage very capably. But she gave little away during that single lunch, leaving only a lasting impression of power and fragility. She didn’t want to be interviewed, nor would she agree to see me again. Soon she was dead in April 1974. Pamela died of what police called an accidental overdose of heroin. I made a mental note – why this date, coincidence? Probably this was the date she first met or slept with Jim Morrison (April 1966). Pamela left no will, so her & Jim’s estate went to her next of kin, her parents. Then Jim’s parents, who had been content to respect their son’s bequest to the woman he loved most, now made a move to claim what they considered their fair share. Danny Sugerman died in 2005. He was fifty. Ray Manzarek did not attend the funeral. “Ray fired Danny many times,” said Bruce Botnick. “In the end, Danny fired himself. He died.”

William Friedkin was one of the candidates to translate the initial story of The Doors to the screen, the script-writing task offered to Jerry Hopkins—but nothing came together until Sasha Harari paid $50,000 for the rights to No One Here Gets Out Alive. Harari convinced the three Doors' members to renew their support to the man who promoted The Doors concerts in San Francisco and New York from the 1960s, Bill Graham, as co-producer. By the time those talks were complete, the Coursons were promised that their daughter would not be shown in any way to be connected to the singer’s death. Ultimately, Oliver Stone would portray Jim Morrison as an alcohol-soaked, self-indulgent jerk. But he was actually much more: he was a man of staggering intelligence, sensitive, generous, charming, and wryly humorous. Very little of that comes out in the movie.

And however much of a pain in the ass he could be, he didn’t really take himself seriously—at least not as a rock star—and as difficult to work with as he often was, the rewards usually outweighed the liabilities. Wanting to use Patricia Kennealy’s real name in the movie, Stone let the Wiccan witch increase her role from negligible to significant in Morrison's life. Only Patricia had taken the 1970 ceremony to heart, Jim telling everyone he was drunk and he had forgotten it. Eventually Patricia legally changed her name to Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, then started writing a series of rock mysteries under the name Patricia Morrison. When I had dinner with Oliver Stone, he said he had a copy of a diary of a groupie’s affair with Jim, probably Judy Huddlestone. “This is a woman who was naked with Morrison many times! He’s so gentle and loving. And then he turns into an emotional wreck.” Stone seemed to want to relive the most excessive (and sexual) aspects of Morrison. “Oliver Stone set out to make the ultimate ‘sex, drugs, and rock and roll’ exploitation film—and did so at Jim Morrison’s expense,” Joe Russo told the Doors Collectors Magazine. “What upsets me most about the film is that it’s sealed Jim’s fate as the ‘obnoxious party-animal.’ Why couldn’t they have given his ‘Dr. Jekyll’ side equal time?” Oliver Stone's dishonesty, and he was not alone in this, is a disservice to the audience whose ideas are formed by what they see in the movies.   —"Behind Closed Doors" (2013) by Jerry Hopkins

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