By: Paige Anderson
Who Is The Lizard King?
Poet, singer, rock-star Jim Morrison of the legendary American rock band The Doors, created an alter ego by naming himself The Lizard King after he wrote a poem called “The Celebration of the Lizard.” The poem contained the phrase “I am the Lizard King, I can do anything.” Was he referring to himself? Or was he just creating a fictional author for his poem? The stories vary. Some say that it is because he felt a spiritual connection with the reptiles of the desert in New Mexico where he grew up. In any case, the nickname stuck and the poem was then performed during live stage shows.
The Doors were among the most controversial and influential rock acts of the 1960s, mostly because of Morrison’s lyrics and voice along with his erratic stage persona and mysterious nature. The Doors have been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by magazines including Rolling Stone, which ranked them 41st on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. In 1993, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Curious to know more about The Lizard King? There are many great books about Morrison but the best way is to just listen to the music. For the full effect, we recommend vinyl.
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The filmmaker is Christy Oldham. She is an American born artist who was educated in Paris. Her headlining film credit includes the vigilante feature film “Barracuda” (Released in 2014 by Maverick Entertainment Group) which earned her critical filmmaker acclaim including 3 Best Picture awards at multiple U.S. film festivals. In 2017, she directed 3 episodes of the post-apocalyptic web series “Vape Warz”, which she also wrote and produced. It premiered at the 2017 Mediterranean Film festival Cannes in the south of France and received an Honorable Mention for Best Web Series. In 2020, she was inspired to make the neo-noir short film A Pyrrhic Victory , now in competition at Academy Award qualifying film festivals.