By : Alan Graham
Dead GoodIn Liverpoolease the phrase “Dedd Gudd” means exceptionally good.Jim Morrison was Dedd Gudd, for sure, but he was also Dedd Gudd in a different way.Listening to the Doors music is “Dedd Gudd,” but when people in the music industry say it, theirmeaning is literal, since Jim’s death meant a perpetual harvest or “movable feast” would ensuewhen it came to the sale of records and other ancillary items which soon surpassed profits evenat the height of career.Dead Rock stars are worth far more dead than they are alive. Prince died suddenly on April 21st, 2016 and by April 25th, you could not find a single song for sale anywhere. The diminutive music icon’s material had become pure uranium almost overnight.Prince had been in a long standing battle royal about retaining ownership and control of his music. Unlike most other artists, he had succeeded in wresting that power from the notorious record executives before he died, much to their chagrin. In their minds, having long used the industry’s standing practice of “creative book-keeping” to pillage and loot the earnings of their artist/clients, the artist’s rightful reclamation of creative control amounted to theft by anindentured servant.Jim Morrison’s estate was looted by his accountant Bob Green, his fellow band members and most everyone who knew or worked with him when he was alive. Today Jim Morrison and the Doors music is King all over the world and anything and everything relating to Jim Morrison is considered to be on a par with rare iconic collectables.
The relentless fascination and dedication to Jim Morrison is illustrated perfectly in the following story.
Public access to a popular hiking destination known as the Jim Morrison Cave has been closed after California State Parks officials said the graffiti is out of control.
The Corral Canyon Cave is deep in the mountains of Malibu Creek State Park. The cave was named after the Doors’ frontman who has never actually stepped foot in it.
Craig Sap, district superintendent for state parks, said the graffiti has become a growing problem.
“Typically, people will be arrested, cited and booked. The restitution is very substantial. It can be up to several to $10,000 per incident,” he said.
As the Eyewitness News crew ventured to the cave, a park ranger found a group from Texas packing three cans of spray paint. They said they wanted to honor a woman’s son who died last year. They received a citation.
Park rangers said social media posts are inspiring others to leave their mark on the cave. Now that it’s off-limits, the state will spend about $40,000 to scrub off all the graffiti. But vandals have aimed outside of the cave as well.
“Several hundred a week are heading up there. Most of them aren’t engaging in this activity – just a few. But those few have done substantial damage,” Sap said.
Parks reps aren’t sure when the cave will reopen to the public, but the graffiti problem
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