Life Magazine April 12th 1968 New Haven. Dec 21, 2022 11:11:03 GMT
Post by TheWallsScreamedPoetry on Dec 21, 2022 11:11:03 GMT
A report on a weekend in December that saw Jim Morrison celebrate his birthday in Troy NY.
And the next day play the Arena in New Haven and highlights why having police at a rock concert is not a great idea.
WE did not have cops at our rock gigs here in the UK as they had (hopefully) better things to do.
I saw plenty of raucous shows that in America may well have been stopped by the police.
In Troy Morrison famously said of the less than enthusiastic audience. 'If this is Troy I'm with the Greeks'.
The next night the newly 24 year old rock star got a taste of how stupid it was to have cops rather than stewards attend rock concerts.
After being maced backstage by a cop for no real reason other than he had longhair and was making out with a girl.
Jim took the stage opening with Break On Through then When The Music's over.
Then the Alabama song medley w/ Back Door man and Five To One.
Then things changed during Love Me Two Times.
Morrison began to recount his experience back stage with his "Little Blue Man in a Little Blue Suit" rap.
The cops who had been apologetic about the incident before the band went onstage now showed their true colours and arrested Jim on stage.
The famous English Vietnam war photographer Tim Page happened to be there that night and his series of photographs feature in this Life piece.
He was roughed up and arrested by the cops and witnessed Morrison being beaten in the car park outside by those "Little Blue Men in a Little Blue Suit".
Teens outside the police station are arrested.
Max Fink bails Jim and he never returns
No charges were made and everyone was released. Tim Page remained wanted in Connecticut until his death earlier this year.
And this day in Doors History became Legendary.
The Doors lose a lucrative TV appearance because of this concert.