TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Doors’ Jim Morrison will get a posthumous pardon Thursday for an indecent exposure conviction in Florida that resulted when the late singer pulled what a bandmate called “a mind trip on the audience, and they totally fell for it.”
Gov. Charlie Crist on Wednesday got a commitment for the second of two votes needed from other members of the state’s Board of Executive Clemency to approve the pardon. (more…)
I guess it’s kind of cool to do this, but why now? His mother and father are dead. He died in 1971. Well, happy 67th Mr. Mojo. Also, for a good listen of the reconfigured Doors, as in the latter portion of their career, when they shifted from art-rock pop songs to white boy- chugging blues and R&B, check out the new Live In Vancouver release. It features Albert King on a few tracks, giving the band a two guitar approach that was only seen on the L.A. Woman album.
Well folks, Charlie Crist may be pardoning Jim Morrison after all. I know it would’ve made this man happy.
The charismatic but unpredictable lead singer of American rock band The Doors could be about to receive a posthumous pardon almost 40 years after being convicted of exposing himself on stage.
Jim Morrison had been performing with the band at a typically raucous concert at Miami’s Key Auditorium on March 1, 1969 when the incident took place. Reportedly drunk and slurring obscenities at the crowd, he was accused of unzipping his pants and simulating a sex act, a charge he denied.
Despite being acquitted of lascivious behavior and drunkenness, Morrison was convicted of indecent exposure and open profanity and sentenced to six months in jail. He was still appealing the verdict in 1971 when he died in Paris at the age of 27. (Continue reading…)
In late 1970, Jim Morrison was tidying up some of poetry with plans to go into the recording studio on his 27th birthday (12/8) and record a spoken word/poetry album. Jim set forth in completing some of the groundwork for the upcoming, remaining in complete creative control of this project. Jim sent a letter dated 10/9/70 to a young Doors fan whose art Jim admired, named T.E. Breitenbach that read,
Dear Mr. Breitenbach,
Thank you for your interest. Maybe we can do something.
Try doing a triptych. The left panel depicting a radiant moon-lit beach and an endless stream of young na ked couples running silently along the water’s edge. On the beach, a tiny infant grins at the universe and around its crib stand several ancient, old people.
The center — a modern city or metropolis of the future at noon, insane with activity.
The last panel — a view through a car windshield at night on a long straight desert highway.
If you come up with something related to these themes within the next four or five months I’m sure I can use it.
Once the artwork had been completed (seen above), Breitenbach submitted his artwork to the Doors’ office in Los Angeles. He was told that Jim Morrison had moved to France for some time. Needless to say, Jim never made it back and the poetry album was put on hold until 1978 when it was released as An American Prayer with background sounds and music credited to the remaining Doors. Breitenbach’s art was never used, but I supposed he got a nifty story out of it.
If you’re unaware, Jimbo & Co. Inc. are releasing a new movie based on the iconic front man of the 60’s rock band. Organist and band mouthpiece, Ray Manzarek has called the new documentary the anti-Ollie Stone Doors movie. Old Ray wasn’t too thrilled about Oliver’s take on Mr. Mojo and his comrades. Check out the trailer here:
Here’s the band pre-super stardom and before receiving the spoils of mainstream success performing “The End” for Canadian television in ’67. Jim’s wearing his customary black “leathers” here that he would eventually don when the band performed on their infamous Ed Sullivan performance. There’s an oft repeated rumor that Elvis Presley watched The Doors on Sullivan’s performance and would emulate his attire in his career changing ’68 comeback performance shortly after.
James Douglas Morrison was sentenced to 6 months in prison when he was found guilty of indecent exposure, stemming from The Doors’ March 1, 1969 show in Miami. Morrison moved to Paris, where he died 8 months later before serving time.
The Doors were forced to perform as a trio after Jim Morrison collapsed on stage as he danced on stage with Jefferson Airplane, with whom the band shared a double bill in Amsterdam. Ray Manzarek was forced to handle the vocals.
Inventor of the Moog synthesizer and theramin, Robert Moog (rhymes with vogue) died of brain cancer on this date in 2005. The first rock album to feature the Moog was The Doors’ Strange Days, the recording of which began 42 years ago today as well. Click here to read Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee discuss Bob Moog and working with the theramin and synthesizer. Here’s the recently released Moog guitar.