LAMONT’S MUSIC NOTES-APRIL 4, 2019…TODAY IS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DAY JIM MORRISON TURNED HIMSELF IN TO THE FBI IN LOS ANGELES, AFTER BEING SOUGHT ON 6 CHARGES OF LEWD BEHAVIOR AND PUBLIC EXPOSURE IN MIAMI. THE CHARGES STEMMED FROM A SHOW ON MARCH 2, 1969 IN MIAMI.
FOR HIS PART, MORRISON VEHEMENTLY DENIED THE CHARGES, AS DID BANDMATE ROBBY KRIEGER WHO SAID:
“They were complaining about Jim whipping it out onstage, which he didn’t do: 500 photos were entered as evidence at the trial and not one showed anything of the sort. … I think it was all very politically motivated. People were running for office, so we were a good target.”
HOWEVER, LARRY MAHONEY A REPORTER FOR THE MIAMI HERALD HAD A DIFFERENT TAKE. IN AN ARTICLE FOR THE HERALD, MAHONEY WROTE:
“Many of the nearly twelve thousand youths said they found the bearded singer’s exhibition disgusting. Included in the audience were hundreds of unescorted junior and senior high school girls. … Morrison appeared to masturbate in full view of the audience, screamed obscenities, and exposed himself.”
MORRISON APPEALED HIS SENTENCE AND THE CASE WAS UNRESOLVED WHEN MORRISON DIED ON JULY 3,1971 AT THE AGE OF 27
THIS IS CLASSIC DOORS