There’s no denying that Doors singer Jim Morrison was one of the most charismatic front men of his generation. Unfortunately he was one of the most troubled, too. The singer had a terrible alcohol problem that played a big role in his repeated arrests, including one on Nov. 11, 1969, in Arizona that resulted from Morrison and a friend drunkenly heckling a flight crew on a commercial airliner.

The day apparently started out innocently enough, by Morrison standards. He invited the Doors’ publicist and two other friends to fly to Arizona with him to catch a performance by the Rolling Stones at Veterans Coliseum in Phoenix—ironically, a venue that had banned the chaos-causing singer from performing there after a 1968 Doors concert nearly started a riot.

Whitaker, S. (2015, November 11). How Jim Morrison’s Drunken Outburst Almost Got a Plane Turned Around. Retrieved from

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Jim Morrison had several brushes with the law throughout his life. Here’s a breakdown of Jim’s extensive rap sheet.

Jim’s first arrest was on September 28, 1963 in Tallahasee, Florida, with charges of petty larceny, disturbing the peace, resisting arrest and public drunkenness at a football game. Jim was, allegedly, getting rowdy and making fun of the football players and people in the crowd. He then, apparently, stole an umbrella and an officer's helmet from the open window of a police car. The charges were eventually dropped, and he only had to pay a small fine.

Raul. (2011, March 1). List Of Jim Morrison’s Six Arrests & Mug Shots. Retrieved from

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Jim Morrison by Stephan Beauvais

Jim Morrison Project

The Jim Morrison Project is an audio & visual anthology detailing the life of Jim Morrison through his poetry, films, art, spoken word & music with The Doors.