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Joshua Tree, California: Gram Parsons' Death Hotel

On September 19, 1973, rock/country singer-songwriter-musician Gram Parsons OD'd from a lethal quantity of morphine and alcohol in Room 8 of the Joshua Tree Inn.

Joshua Tree Inn

61259 Twentynine Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA
Joshua Tree Inn, just west of town on south side of Hwy 62.
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Gram Parsons' Death Hotel

Room 8 is the one to stay in if you visit. Also be sure and sign the book in room 8.

[Angie Lupuslife On YouTube, 09/30/2015]

Gram Parsons Memorial.

Gram Parson's Death Hotel

Nice people that work there.

[Punchgut, 02/27/2015]

After 26-year old singer-musician Gram Parsons died in the hotel's room 8, the body was being shipped out of LAX for burial elsewhere. His manager and buddy Phil Kaufman stole Parsons' corpse, fulfilling a mutual vow to burn the other at Cap Rock in Joshua Tree National Park (after an appropriate amount of send-off imbibing with friends).

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Gram Parson's Death Hotel

The Joshua Tree Inn, one mile from Joshua Tree National Park, is where Gram Parsons drew his last breath in 1973 before dying of a drug overdose in Room 8. This inn has hosted many famous people since its construction in 1950, including Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg, John Wayne, Emmylou Harris, Donovan, and many more. Several of the rooms are named after the people who have stayed in them.

The death of Gram Parsons involves interesting rock-n-roll lore in which two of his good friends stole his dead body from LAX airport in Los Angeles to avoid having it sent back and buried in New Orleans. The friends then took the late Parsons on a drunken road trip back to Joshua Tree's Cap Rock to honor Parson's wish to be cremated in that location.

[Nikki Kreuzer, 11/26/2012]

Parson's pals doused his corpse with gasoline and tossed on a match, then ran when the police came after them. His charred remains were ultimately shipped to Louisiana for burial.

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