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45 Years Ago: Jim Morrison Arrested in Arizona

A delayed flight leads to big trouble for the Doors frontman.

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The Doors’ Jim Morrison Gets the Setlist Wrong – Real-Life ‘Spinal Tap’ Stories

 

One of the reasons why 'This is Spinal Tap' continues to resonate is because it's not only heavy metal groups on the downside of their career that experience real-life 'Spinal Tap' stories, but also bands that are trying to make a name for themselves on the road to classic rock immortality. Years before the brain trust behind the movie even came up with the concept, the Doors had a moment that could found its way into the script. 

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How Jim Morrison Inspired Matthew McConaughey’s ‘Dazed and Confused’ Catchphrase

For years now, the easiest way to do a Matthew McConaughey impression has been to imitate his 'Dazed and Confused' character, David Wooderson, by saying "Alright, alright, alright" in a goofy Southern drawl -- something McConaughey himself acknowledged when he uttered those magic words while picking up his Oscar and Golden Globe awards for 'Dallas Buyers Club.' And as it turns out, we have Doors frontman Jim Morrison to thank for all of it.

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45 Years Ago: Jim Morrison of the Doors Allegedly Exposes Himself on Stage

Did he or didn't he? The late Doors frontman Jim Morrison was charged with exposing himself before a stunned audience in Florida on March 1, 1969, though he vehemently denied the allegation. Bandmate Robby Krieger still says that no photographic evidences exists to prove it.

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Jim Morrison’s Apartment Furnishings for Sale

Well, here's something interesting for Doors fans: According to a recent Craiglist posting, the owner of the Los Angeles building that's said to be Jim Morrison's last known U.S. residence is selling furnishings from his apartment.

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Doors Documentaries Streaming Free for Jim Morrison’s Birthday

Jim Morrison would have turned 70 on Dec. 8, and while it's impossible to imagine what he might have done over the past few decades if he hadn't passed away in 1971, he'd probably have Internet access if he were still alive -- which he could use to stream a trio of free Doors films from Qello.

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46 Years Ago: Jim Morrison of the Doors Maced and Arrested in New Haven

One of the most mythologized and romanticized figures in rock history, Doors front man Jim Morrison possessed a deep-seated anti-authoritarian streak that repeatedly landed him in trouble. On Dec. 9, 1967, the rebellious rocker was arrested at a Doors gig in New Haven, Conn., earning him the dubious distinction of being, as far as we know, the first rock star ever arrested onstage during a performance.

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See What Your Favorite Dead Rock Stars Would Look Like If They Were Still Alive

Today's dose of "kinda cool, kinda heartbreaking, kinda creepy" news comes to us courtesy of Sachs Media, where execs recently bankrolled a series of computer-generated portraits depicting what some of rock's best-loved deceased stars would look like if they were alive today.

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46 Years Ago: The Doors Banned from the Ed Sullivan Show

It was a clash of mainstream culture vs. the counterculture when the Doors were booked to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show in September of 1967. Things did not go as smoothly as the producers may have hoped.

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45 Years Ago: Ray Manzarek Fills in For a Passed Out Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison made a career of nodding off at inopportune moments. He passed out when the rest of the Doors were expecting him in the studio. He passed out in the studio. He passed out before concerts and after concerts. And sometimes, like on Sept. 15, 1968, he passed out during concerts -- onstage as the audience and his bandmates watched him collapse into an unwashed mound of rock-star excess.

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John Densmore Picks Jimmy Fallon as Potential Jim Morrison Replacement

Should the remaining members of the Doors reunite (it seems unlikely), drummer John Densmore knows who he'd want to fill Jim Morrison's space in front of the microphone. It's not clear if he's being cute or funny, but during a recent radio interview he said Jimmy Fallon could get the job done.

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Jim Morrison in Newly Discovered Interview: ‘Fat Is Beautiful’

He's been dead for decades -- and the subject of countless retrospectives ever since -- but that doesn't mean we've heard and seen everything Jim Morrison committed to tape before he passed away. The latest example? A newly unearthed candid interview the Doors front man gave to director and journalist Howard Smith in 1969.

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