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Passings: Author Jerry Hopkins, Wrote Books on Elvis, Jim Morrison (1935 - 2018)

by VVN Music

Jerry Hopkins, the writer whose 37 books included biographies of Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix, died on Sunday at the age of 82.

Hopkins' death was announced by his wife, Lamyai, and his son, Nick.  "It is with great sadness to report that Jerry Hopkins has passed away at 16.48 Sunday."

Hopkins was born in Camden, NJ and received a BA in journalism in 1957 from Washington & Lee University. He later received an MS from Columbia in 1959.

Through his early professional years, he wrote for the Village Voice and the New Orleans Times-Picayune, was a writer-producer for Mike Wallace, a talent coordinator for Steve Allen, and wrote and produced for TV. He later opened the first head shop in Los Angeles before writing for Rolling Stone as their Los Angeles correspondent.

His first two books were on diet fads and an astrological spoof but, in 1970, he published an early history of rock music, The Rock Story. He followed with Groupies and Other Girls (1970), Festival: An American Celebration (1970), Elvis (1971) and the Jim Morrison biography No One Here Gets Out Alive (1980).

In 1981, he published a second Presley book, Elvis: The Final Years and moved to Hawaii where he wrote a number of books about the state and published a newsletter on Hawaiian music and dance.

In 1993, he moved to Thailand where he spent the rest of his life. His later books included Hit & Run: The Jimi Hendrix Story (1983), Bowie (1985), Yoko Ono (1986), Elvis in Hawaii (2002) and Aloha Elvis (2007).