ACTOR’S UNION SEEKS TO EXPEL MORRISON Miami Public Library Florida Collection March 19 1969
More trouble is piling up on Jim Morrison, the zipper-de-doo-da singer with the Doors. The Miami Beach branch of the American Guild Of Variety Artists had filled charges to kick him out of the union “for indecent conduct unbecoming a performer.” It’s the result of his recent obscene performance at Dinner Key Auditorium.
AGVA’S case began when Victor Levine, attorney for Dinner Key Auditorium sent a letter of protest to Max Turk, manager of the Miami Branch. Turk received no contract covering Morrison’s performance and had assumed Morrison was under the jurisdiction of the Musician’s Union. He talked with Frank Casciola, president of the Miami musician’s local, who told him Morrison was AGVA and a member of the Los Angeles branch.
Turk forwarded charges asking the California unit to put Morrison on the unfair list for working without a contract, thus avoiding paying dues. He also sent along newspaper clippings that blasted the Doors performance.
If the charges stand up, Morrison will be unable to appear any play where show business unions have a contract, thus regulating him to the smallest towns and cesspool dives if they can stand him.