Post by TheWallsScreamedPoetry on Feb 14, 2012 10:36:58 GMT
An interesting series of letters on the article from the week after. One of the things I have never been able to understand was the presence of armed cops at rock concerts in the US. Our police were not used in this way to control youth culture. Of course they were there for sporting events and marches and we did see some out of control behaviour on their part but they never stopped a play because someone in the cast swore or dragged the crowd out of Swan Lake. In a great many ways the US was (and still is) a very backward country and this is a perfect example of how backwards the country was when it began to fear it's young people as they began to realise the lies they were told by the people at the top.
Morrison was not a political figure but he must have been aware of and had opinions of the way his country was going. His 'little blue suit with his little black can' rap still strikes a chord today. As those people are there to protect us from violence in society NOT from ideas. What happened in New Haven was not an indictment of Jim Morrison or the so called counter culture but of how the line between a so called free and civilised nation and a Fascist state can be measured in nanometres. It is a completely different scenario from that of Miami but because of Miami is taken completely out of context as in the silly little film 'When You're Strange' and it's observation that ‘His FIRST on stage arrest had come early in New Haven’ which never mentions where his SECOND happened and is used to portray the out of control Morrison. Morrison did nothing but criticise the police for their heavy handed over the top response to a nothing incident. Their reaction to his criticism was to go even more over the top. An example of how a minor functionary with too much power can set precedents that can have reverberations that last for decades.