March 1 is an important day in the world of rock music. Today, in 1973, Pink Floyd released the masterpiece The Dark Side Of The Moon; Nirvana, in 1994, held their last ever concert (before the death of Kurt Cobain), while in London was born Roger Daltrey, the histrionic frontman of the Who who turns 75 today. On the other side of the ocean, just to not fail to surrender to history, Jim Morrison was instead arrested during the concert that the Doors were holding at the Miami Dinner Key.
Given the obvious difference in behavior, on stage, between the singer and the rest of the band (always composed), and the many photographic evidence produced on the same evening, there is no certainty about one of the gestures that would have triggered the ire of the police present: however surely Morrison was altered, he had even lost not one but two planes entertaining himself at the airport bar inciting, once he arrived on the spot, those present to nudity and free love holding nothing less than a lamb , these would absolutely not have shown his genitals in public.
Fact that, although reported by some contradictory testimonies, the musician at first instance was given the sentence of 6 months in prison and the payment of a fine of 500 dollars. Only the subsequent appeal, and the death of the artist two years later will ensure that the sentence is never actually served. In fact, in November 2010, Florida Governor Charlie Christ will come to grant posthumous grace.
However distant from the wavering and absolutely egocentric character portrayed in the film directed by Oliver Stone, Morrison was in itself a useful pretext so that the pre-established order of things would not be minimally touched. Without perhaps wanting it completely, the singer ended up channeling in his music and in his attitudes the positive energies produced by the then pressing youth contestation which will have an outlet, perhaps decisive, in the pacifist demonstrations against the war in Vietnam in those years . In addition, the constant questioning of any rule, especially the law and institution, made Morrison - especially because of his always provocative behavior - a perfect target.
Not even a teenager, the refusal by the self-proclaimed Lizard King of every bourgeois instance will find comfort just at an early age by attending the library (and pubs) of the poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Similarly, following a Blake verse, the Doors will come to life immediately after meeting the keyboard player Ray Manzarek.
As well as an artistic icon, Morrison will find the beginning of (his) end on that March 1: back from a not so successful European tour, disguised as a sold out then reached upon returning home to Madison Square Garden, he will reach his lowest point in the performance held on December 12, 1970 at the New Orleans Warehouse collapsing on stage before delivering to the press, a few months later, the last LA Woman.