From past articles, we know that the FBI has a long history of investigating writers, artists, and musicians of American mainstream pop culture. It seems as though that any attempt made by any entertainer to go against the societal norms of the times brought the FBI to their doorstep.
It did not matter if their subject matter was politics, sex or violence. This fact is definitely the case when the FBI was called upon to not only censor, but also to dissolve the band The Doors, and Jim Morrison in particular.
The Doors was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, California. They were among the most controversial rock bands of the 1960s. This was because of frontman, Jim Morrison’s, sometimes offensive lyrics coupled with his always unpredictable stage persona.
During the band’s hayday, self-proclaimed concern citizens began to write the FBI to prevent the band from “peddling such filth.” They had plenty of ammunition to use against The Doors. There were many instances of obscenity in their lyrics and at their concerts. One such instance happened in March 1969 at a Dade County, Florida concert. When the curtains were pulled back, Jim Morrison came out on stage, exposed himself to the crowd, and began to masturbate.
After the appearance, an arrest was attempted, but Jim Morrison and the rest of the band were out of town and on their way to the Caribbean. This was not the first time, nor was it the last time that The Doors had a run-in with local law enforcement. These various run-ins gained the attention of the FBI.
Though the various declassified documents that have been released do not go into too much detail on the investigation itself, it is obvious that it did not gain much ground. The band continued to perform through most of the 1960s and early 1970s. The band ultimately disbanded in 1973, a couple years after Jim Morrison’s death.Originally published on TopSecretWriters.com