Jim Morrison's Trial

Jim Morrison and The Doors at the Dade County Courthouse
Jim Morrison and The Doors at the Dade County Courthouse

Historical Context

In August and September of 1970 Jim Morrison was put on trial on charges of obscenity in Miami, Florida. It was a case that pitted one of rock n roll's most outrageous performers against conservative southern America.

The charges resulted from Morrison and The Doors performance at the Coconut Grove's old Dinner Key Auditorium the year before. Morrison was eventually found guilty of just two charges, indecent exposure and open profanity and sentenced to six months in jail and a $500 fine. Morrison was appealing the judgement from his new home in Paris when he died aged 27 in 1971.

Photo Info


Photographer: Miami Herald Photographer
Date taken: August 10, 1970
Location taken: Miami, Florida, USA

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