At first flash of Eden, we race down to the sea.
Standing there on Freedom's Shore.
Waiting for the Sun
Can you feel it now that spring has come.
And it's time to live in the scattered sun.
Waiting for the Sun
Waiting.... Waiting.... Waiting.... Waiting....

      ---The Doors "Waiting For The Sun"

Robby Kreiger is best known for being lead guitar for epic rock ensemble The Doors. 

 I caught his solo performances in 2000 and 2002 at Jaxx nightclub, Springfield, Virginia.

The Lizard King Was Here: The Life And Times Of Jim Morrison In Alexandria, Virginia

THE LIZARD KING WAS HERE is an in-depth study of a greatly overlooked period in the mercurial life of Jim Morrison, the late poet and lyricist-vocalist of the rock and roll band “The Doors” who died at the age of 27 in 1971. Examining Morrison’s life from January 1959 to August 1961 - the years he resided in Alexandria, Virginia and attended George Washington High School - author Mark Opsasnick reveals a wealth of experiences that served to influence the singer’s poetry, lyrics, and work as a performing artist with the Doors. The end result is a fresh look at a formative period in the life of one of rock and roll’s greatest superstars. Dedicated fans of Jim Morrison will be enthralled with THE LIZARD KING WAS HERE.

Cover portrait of Jim Morrison by Richard M. Sparks.
Cover design/graphics and author photo by Gregory Snook.

Go Here To Order The Book
Mark Opsasnick interview for about the book, his taste in music, why he writes about musical, and indeed life influencers like Jim Morrison.
The article opens with:
"It's safe to say that Jim Morrison will never leave the stage of our collective consciousness. We are endlessly fascinated with the lead singer of the Doors because he still projects a dark shadowy image hard to grasp and appealing in its mystery, particularly to
adolescents who are just realizing that the world may not be as it seems and trying to figure out how they fit in. The question sooner or later on every fan's mind---just who was Morrison exactly?"

The Washington Post ran an extensive article on Mark that may be viewed by clicking here.

For additional information, visit
Click on "Appearances" and "Latest News."

    Book Signings
                            October 2007

Noted Washington, D.C. area author and music historian, Mark Opsasnick will be discussing and signing copies of his book THE LIZARD KING WAS HERE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JIM MORRISON IN ALEXANDRIA VIRGINIA
at the following locations:

---Sundial Books  -  Saturday, October 13, 2007, 6:00 p.m.
4073 Main Street
Chincoteague Island, Virginia
757 336-5825

Mark Opsasnick will be discussing his book “The Lizard King Was Here: The Life and Times of Jim Morrison in Alexandria, Virginia.” His talk will be followed by a question and answer session and a reception/book signing.

Past Events

The following photos offer up a flavor of what a great time attending a The Lizard King Was Here book signing session is.

---Cameron Perks Coffeehouse  -  Sunday, September 30, 2007, 1:00 p.m.
4911 Brenman Park Drive, Alexandria, Virginia, 703 461-6900
Mark Opsasnick discussed his book “The Lizard King Was Here: The Life and Times of Jim Morrison in Alexandria, Virginia” to a large, enthusiastic audience.  A big highlight was a lively question and answer session featuring Morrison’s former GW High classmates Randy Maney,   Bill Thomas, and Stan Durkee. 
An outstanding oil painting of Jim Morrison by Richard M. Sparks (also in attendance), added a great backdrop for the author's presentation.
A reception and book signing followed, accompanied with live music provided by guitarist-vocalist Jim Heald.

Mark Opsasnick, was on hand at Stacy's Coffee House, Falls Church, Virginia, November 19, 2006, for a lecture and book signing for his highly acclaimed release: "The Lizard King Was Here: The Life and Times of Jim Morrison in Alexandria, Virginia."

Guitar player and vocalist Geff King provided great Doors music, as well as tunes from the 1960's and 1970's.





 Previous Events In 2007:

---ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA - Saturday, March 17, 2007, 1pm.
Olsson's Books and Records Old Town Alexandria 106 South Union Street, Alexandria, Virginia, (703) 684-0077

---COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND - Sunday, April 15, 2007, 3pm.
"The College Perk Writers' Expo" The College Perk Coffeehouse 9078 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, Maryland (301) 982-0587. 

---KENSINGTON, MARYLAND - Sunday, April 22, 2007, 12noon - 5pm
"The International Day Of The Book 2007"

The International Day Of The Book 2007

As follows are photos from Robby Krieger's June 12, 2002 Springfield, Virginia performance.
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Robby and fan Elisa after the Jaxx June 12, 2002 show! Robby with BIG fan Richard Fuller, and Elisa peeking through.

Robby and fan Mike

Robby and fan Jim in his Pink Floyd shirt.
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Robby with longtime keyboardist Steve Bach, and Waylon Krieger. Robby and drummer Ty Dennis. Ticket stubs from Robby's 2000 and 2002 Jaxx gigs, as well as a couple of signature guitar picks. Robby and bass player Angelo Barbera.   Angelo was celebrating his birthday.
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Keyboardist Steve Bach doing a solo on The Doors Light My Fire. Robby playing what almost looks like an acoustic guitar. Jaxx owner Jay Nedry introducing Robby and the group.

Robby strumming away.

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As follows are pictures taken at Robby's November 11, 2000 Jaxx Nightclub, Springfield, Virginia gig.

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Robby, keyboardist Steve Bach, and bass player Angelo Barbera after the show. Autographed picture of Robby from his November 11, 2000 gig.

Guitarist Waylon Krieger jamming with Robby.

Robby smiles as he plays.

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The Soft Parade is a Doors tribute band founded in 1990 by lead vocalist Joe Russo.  At the urging of long-time Doors and Soft Parade fan Richard Fuller I caught up with them at a September 11, 2004 performance at Jammin' Java, Vienna, Virginia.  I now see why Richard is so enthusiastic about The Soft Parade, as seeing them really does make one feel they are taking in a Jim Morrison (Joe Russo), Ray Manzarek (Mike Abel), Robby Krieger (Joe Bilotti), John Densmore (Roy Weinberger) performance of many years ago.  I would highly urge Doors fans, and a younger generation curious about what The Doors were all about to take in a Soft Parade performance.

As follows are photos from their September 11th performance.

Top photo (l-r), Mike Abel, Joe Russo, Roy Weinberger, Joe Bilotti Joe Russo (or is it Jim Morrison?) on lead vocals.

Mike Abel on keyboard

Joe Bilotti on lead guitar

Roy Weinberger on drums



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