If any artist embodied the persona of crazy rock star, it was Jim Morrison. The former lead singer of The Doors will be remembered not just for his contributions to music, but also for his alcoholism, drug use, and the flashy antics he used to shock and offend audiences. Although he died in 1971, Morrison's appeal as a sensitive poet can still be seen in head shops and college dorm rooms, yet it has risen to mythic proportions, overshadowing some of his less stellar qualities.
Lesser known Jim Morrison facts include his high IQ of 149. His passion for poetry took him to California in the 1960s where he met Ray Manzarek with whom he would form The Doors. Led Zeppelin had a few crazy stories and insane tales about Ozzy Osbourne abound, but fame for Jim Morrison meant more drugs and more alcohol in an attempt to live up to the persona he had created for himself. Dying at a young age may have cemented his icon status, but the Jim Morrison lifestyle seen in these stories was a lot worse than what his myth would have you believe.
He Allegedly Exposed Himself To The Audience In Miami And Practically Ruined The Doors' Reputation
In March of 1969, The Doors played the oversold Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami and Jim Morrison was late taking the stage. "It's a swamp and it's a yuck - a horrible kind of place, a seaplane hangar - and 14,000 people are packed in there, and they're sweaty," Ray Manzarek remembered. Extremely intoxicated, Morrison lifted his shirt and asked if the audience wanted to see more. This act, in addition to a lamb on stage, simulated oral sex acts with Robbie Krieger, and Morrison stealing an officer's hat, caused the audience to storm the stage and Morrison to be arrested and charged with indecent exposure. Although it was never proven he actually exposed himself, Morrison died before the case went to trial but was officially pardoned in 2010.
Morrison Had A Secret Code To Switch Hotel Rooms (And Girls) With A Friend
Jim Morrison allegedly looked very similar to his good friend January Jansen, so much so that people sometimes mistook them from one another. According to Jansen, the two men would often get hotel rooms next to each other with an adjoining door. They worked out a code between them that if one got bored with the woman they were with, they would claim to be going for ice and slam the hotel door twice. When the other heard this, they would do the same and swap both rooms and women. Jansen claimed if he wore leather pants that were similar to Morrison's, girls were never able to tell the difference.
He Drunkenly Assaulted Stewardesses On A Plane And Was Arrested Upon Landing
In November of 1969, Jim Morrison boarded a flight to Phoenix with his friend Tom Baker. Seated in first class, they both got drunk and started raising mayhem by smoking cigars, allegedly hitting a stewardess with the bathroom door, laughing that oxygen masks looked like diaphragms, throwing bottles and glasses, and generally assaulting the flight attendants. Although warned by both the flight attendants and the captain of the plane, neither man stopped their behavior and were arrested at the airport gate when they landed in Phoenix.
Morrison was convicted for drunk and disorderly conduct but was acquitted a few months later when one stewardess suddenly changed her mind and said she had Morrison confused with someone else. Why the stewardess pressed charges and then completely reversed her decision within a few months after the incident was never discovered, but something else obviously happened in between.
He Was Caught Making Out With A Fan, Told The Cops To 'Eat It,' And Started A Riot
The Doors were about to perform in New Haven in December of 1967, when Jim Morrison decided to engage in a pre-show make out session with a fan. The two were in a dressing room shower when police encountered the couple and asked them to leave, not realizing who they were talking to. Morrison angrily refused, grabbing his crotch, shouted "Eat it!" and was maced in return. But the show went on and Morrison took the opportunity to get revenge the cops from his spot on stage. Calling them "little blue men," he told the audience the story in an obscenity-laced rant and as they began to riot, he was ushered off stage, becoming the first person to ever be arrested in the middle of a performance.