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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 www.ultimateclassicrock.com

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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.