The Doors leader Jim Morrison was an elusive person while he was alive. Here, MusicSnake Magazine put together a list of 15 surprising facts you probably didn’t know about the rockstar.

Jim Morrison Was Rescued by Nuns

During the band’s 1968 European tour, Morrison didn’t actually take the stage. Instead, he was given a powerful bit of hash by the singer for Canned Heat Bob Hite, which rendered Morrison unconscious. The star was found by a group of nuns and taken to the hospital, where he recovered.

Jim Morrison – The Lizard King

He loved reptiles. However, he earned his popular nickname after he wrote a poem called “The Celebration of the Lizard” which had a line that said, “I am the Lizard King, I can do anything.”

Morrison Was Banned From The Ed Sullivan Show

Before appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show, Morrison agreed to change the lyrics of “Light My Fire” from “Girl we couldn’t get much higher,” to “Girl we couldn’t get much better.” However, he either forgot or deliberately did not make the change while performing, and he was forever banned from the show.

Jim Morrison’s Grave Is a Popular Tourist Attraction

Located in Paris, many tourists flock to his grave to leave gifts for him. The Door’s leader’s grave has also been covered in graffiti.

JM Was a Genius

His IQ was a staggering 149, and many people were aware of his hyper-intelligence. Jim Morrison graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts. He also made two films in college, titled First Love and Obscura.

JM Was Kind of a Pervert

Apparently, one of Morrison’s favorite hangout spots was a go-go club. The club was called The Phone Booth, and he liked to go there with friends and lift up strippers’ skirts.

He Hated Parties

Morrison loved bars much more than he enjoyed going to parties. One occasion that supports this happened in 1968 when he chose to go to the Alta Cienega Motel after The Doors played the Hollywood Bowl, rather than go to the Chateau Marmont where the party was.

The Rockstar Was a Thrill Seeker

Apparently, anyone who agreed to get in the passenger seat of Morrison’s Ford Mustang soon regretted it. He liked to freak people out by driving the wrong way down streets and wrecking his car on purpose.

Morrison Was an Avid Sketcher

While in college at UCLA, Jim liked to sketch bizarre, morbid and often macabre figures. He would often draw sketches depicting violence, sexuality and even pedophilia. Morrison gave his sketching up to start his band.

Morrison’s Asthma Could Have Killed Him

His asthma was quite serious, and he was prescribed a drug called Marax to treat it, which he ingested via an inhaler. The drug was later banned in the U.S. because, in conjunction with alcohol, it can apparently cause death. So, his asthma could have killed him if he took his medicine at the wrong time.

JM’s Dog Was Named Thor

He had three dogs, named Stoner, Sage and Thor. The dog named Sage outlived both Morrison and his long-term girlfriend.

Jim Morrison Was Arrested on Stage

He has the “honor” of being the first musician ever arrested on stage, which happened in 1967. He was arrested for saying too many obscenities was charged with indecency, but he was later released.

The Door’s Leader Didn’t Like Festivals

Rather than embrace the collective energy so lauded at the time, JM is said to have described Woodstock as “half a million people wallowing in limbo.” According to The Door’s publicist Leon Barnard, Morrison didn’t see festivals as an experience to enjoy or celebrate.

JM Belongs to the 27 Club

The 27 Club is a group of prominent and precocious musicians who died at the age of 27. Morrison was found in a bathtub at the age of 27. Other musicians who belong to the 27 Club include Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse and Jimi Hendrix.

JM Liked Blues More Than Rock’n’Roll

Though The Doors are often billed as a rock band, Jim actually preferred artists like Elvis Presley and Led Zeppelin. Morrison also enjoyed classical music.