Chicago Coliseum: Jim Morrison provokes riot
While still a student at Florida State University (FSU) Jim Morrison took a class in the psychology
of crowds. Along with his own independent reading of Norman O. Brown’s book “Life Against Death”, Morrison came to the conclusion that crowds just like people could have sexual neuroses, and like people those neuroses could be diagnosed and treated. To try and prove his theory he tried to enlist some friends into disrupting a speaker by strategically placing them in the crowd and at appropriate moments in the speech shouting slogans that could “cure” the crowd, make love to it, or cause it to riot.
The Miami Incident
Without some assemblage of the events which culminated in Jim Morrison's behavior on the night of March 1, 1969 at the Dinner Key Auditorium, one can only witness a small piece in a turbulent puzzle. A shrewd historian could, most likely, trace all of the significant moments in Morrison's short, brilliant life toward his ultimate destruction. Yet, Miami was that moment of fate when pressure strangled any thought of restraint and Jim lashed out once and for all time against the sex-symbol image he had dangled so tantalizingly at the media. The image the press had quickly preyed upon and proceeded to stretch and manipulate beyond any sense of reality. Jim had played along with the game in his youthful
ignorance, but his disdain for this image intensified as he matured.
Media Madness: Larry Mahoney saw the makings of copy first, his article appeared on March 3, 1969 as a review of the concert in The Miami Herald. "The hypnotically erotic Morrison, flaunting the laws of obscenity, indecent exposure and incitement to riot, could only stir a minor mob scene toward the end of his Saturday night performance."