Mr. Mojo Risin, vindicated at last

How cool is this?  Florida Governor Charlie Crist, last seen being rejected by the GOP for being insufficiently batshit insane, has decided to right a 41-year-old wrong:  unjust punishment for a penis-pulling that never happened.  Before his term is up, Crist will pardon Jim Morrison:

Forty-one years after Jim Morrison was arrested in Miami for indecent exposure at a concert, Florida Governor Charlie Crist has decided to pardon the late Doors frontman. “After reviewing the case and getting briefed on it, more and more it seems like a real injustice was done,” Crist tells Rolling Stone.

Jim Morrison?  This Jim Morrison?

Yes!  And the boys in the band say Do It!

Guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who played with rock legend Jim Morrison in The Doors, are supporting Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s proposal to pardon Morrison for an indecent exposure conviction after a 1969 Miami concert.

Both bandmates said Wednesday that Morrison never actually pulled out his penis during the now infamous concert at the Dinner Key Auditorium.

I remember it like it was yesterday:  my friends and I wept openly as we returned our tickets for the the Doors concert at Maple Leaf Gardens that was scheduled for a few weeks after what is known as “the Miami incident” and subsequently, heartbreakingly, traumatizingly, cancelled, under a loathesome shadow of decadence and depravity.   Sure we got our 12 bucks back, but it didn’t make things right.

22 Responses to “Mr. Mojo Risin, vindicated at last”


  1. 1 Willy Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    That sucks JJ, you missed a great show. I got to see them in Vancouver the summer before, I think.

  2. 2 BrianWren Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    The only singer who has ever come close, in my mind, is Billy Idol — in vocal quality, that is.  Unfortunately, Billy Idol doesn’t have the personality makeup to do what Jim had done, musically.  Plus, though Billy’s guitarist is really extraordinary, the band stays within a pretty small window of rock n roll, especially when compared to the width of the repertoire of the Doors.

    I’m glad he’s doing this, but I can’t imagine what Crist’s reason is.  There are surely a lot of injustices that have taken place in the ensuing 40+ years…

  3. 3 Cornelius T. Zen Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Good morrow, all!
    “The journey of a thousand miles begins with but one step…”
    Next on Mr. Crist’s list: Pardon Sacco and Venzetti and the Rosenbergs.
    Look it up, Brian – CTZen

  4. 4 Paen Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 11:00 am

    It’s too bad he couldn’t pardon Leonard Pelltier and help a living person.

  5. 5 BrianWren Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Pardon the Rosenbergs? You’re joking, right?

    And it is spelled “Vanzetti.” Look it up CT.

  6. 6 Bruce Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    What bummer that you didn’t get to see them. My sister saw them in Vancouver, probably the same show as Willy. She was thrilled.

    Gawd, he was gorgeous.

  7. 7 dizzlsk Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Who cares if he even did expose himself? It’s a fucking penis, none of us would be here without one.

  8. 8 Cornelius T. Zen Friday, November 19, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Good morrow, all!
    Brian: Comes the dawn! Mea culpa, yes, it is spelled Vanzetti…
    Now, I’m waiting for the Pope to canonize Galileo.
    Did I spell that right, teacher? – CTZen

  9. 9 BrianWren Friday, November 19, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Who cares if he even did expose himself?

    First of all, that was against the law in that place at that time.   Ignoring enforcing laws promotes a general scoff-law environment, which was one of the more significant problems with prohibition.

    Also, exposing your genitalia in public — as a display — is immoral, and ought to be against the law.   This was not a case of public nudity, but a case of making a public display.

  10. 10 Cornelius T. Zen Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Good morrow, all!
    Brian: You know, this kind of dwelling on the exposure of some long-dead rock star’s naughty bits smacks of some deeply unresolved sexuality issues.
    When you get that irrestible urge to rearrange the furniture, or start obsessing on your grooming habits…
    You just might be a redneck – CTZen

  11. 11 BrianWren Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Up yours. I’m not dwelling, and you’re just spoiling for an opportunity to be a snot.

    It was brought up by dizzlsk, not me, and I answered the question succinctly, in 4 sentences.

  12. 12 psa Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    billy idol!?! hahaha jeeziz cripes you are a prime loon there brian. allow me to refer you to one james osterburg who as a contemporary of mr morrison has both some of the poetic panache and a unique vocal styling that at times evokes the late lizard king. and of course brian is ever so correct, the depiction of genitalia, is utterly immoral and can not be sanctioned by a sane and healthy society. that is why i ask for your support demanding trousers for michelangelo’s david, pasties and fig leaves for the brazen harlots of classical and renaissance paintings and sculpture.

    on the other hand it could just be that brian is a religiously damaged ninny. yeah, that sounds about right.

  13. 13 JJ Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Off-topic:

    Sorry guys, but a few days ago I fell ill again with what I guess is the same flu I had last week, back for round two.

    Apologies, ♥ ♥ ♥ and XXXX
    see you soon, i hope
    J

  14. 14 psa Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    you get better there jj ❤

  15. 15 Bleatmop Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I wish you health JJ. Being sick blows. In the meantime, have a cookie!

  16. 16 BrianWren Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Psa,

    I was pretty specific when I said vocal quality, not song selection.

    I also was very specific (is that too complex for you?) distinguishing between nudity (a la David, and the other art works), and deliberate displaying of genitalia for shock or an attempt to obtain or cause sexual arousal.

    It could be that PSA is an anti-religious ninny who can’t even follow simple conversation. (That would be my guess.)

    I presume by James Osterberg you meant James Osterberg, aka Iggy Pop. He’s interesting and creative.

    Anyway, I don;t suppose you’ll get any of what I’m saying. I know how hard it is to get through to elitist snobs like you.

    You don’t like Billy Idol’s music, (I’m not a big fan myself, either), so you cannot appreciate the quality of his voice. You have a knee jerk reaction to what I said about flashing, and so you cannot hear any distinctions regarding the subject. Whatever…

  17. 17 psa Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 6:13 am

    brian, i consider religion a form of mental disorder. in milder cases it is benign and relatively harmless. in more virulent cases it is a form of social cancer. and please let me assure you that your message does indeed get through. it is then dismissed through a process of reasoning as opposed to the hide bound, dedicated ignorance that forms a chitinous shell round the minds of the chronic believers.

    as for billy idol, a sneering baritone puts him in a similar register to morrison after which point the parallel fails. he has none of the expressiveness or vulnerability that gave the broad poetic palate to morrison. idol was all about controlling the posture of the tough yob through his voice whereas jim morrison was willing to break his voice down into more primal and rawer areas. morrison was about stripping away the controlled and constrained but i don’t suppose you’ll gather the distinction. i know how hard it is to get through to pap chewing dimbulbs like yourself. though i will agree that all you are capable of is simple conversation.

  18. 18 Cornelius T. Zen Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Good morrow, all!
    PSA: Don’t mind Brian. He’s been told he can’t sit at the grownups’ table just yet, and his knickers are in a knot over it. Some of us just take a little longer to qualify.
    He discovered Jesus late in life, and he’s trying to make up for lost time. You know how it is. I’m a recovering Catholic, m’self. Drift in every once inna while just to sniff the incense.
    Billy Idol is, always was, and always will be a punk. All posture and no purpose. Jim Morrison wrote and performed timeless classics. That makes him immortal. Note the “t” I included there, Mr. Wren.
    Brian: Yeah, I’m a snot. That makes you Frank Burns.
    Cheers, y’all! – CTZen

  19. 19 BrianWren Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    PSA,

    I consider considering religion a form of mental disorder to be a form of mental disorder.

    Wolfram Alpha reports that in the US
    84% of those in the US consider themselves Christians.
    9% Buddhists.
    1.9% religious Jews.
    1.6% Muslims.

    So that’s something like 96.6% of the US population represented.

    In Canada:

    77% Christian
    1.7% Muslim
    1.3%religious Jews
    1.2% Buddhist

    That’s around 81% of the Canadian population represented.

    It’s just bone-headed to stamp your foot, and say that this large a percentage of the population shares the same mental disorder, and that you are somehow above all that. That sure has many of the earmarks of an elitist.

    I do agree that there are virulent, similar-to-cancer groups that are markedly religious, but I find it unsupportable to argue from the specific case to the general case.

    Billy Idol not only had a similar register, he had a similar timbre. I agree completely that he demonstrated none of the skill that Morrison had. But having the register and timbre, he had a shot at it, and I feel that he never stepped up — one pap chewing dimbulb to another. (What a snob.)

  20. 20 BrianWren Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    CTZen,

    Now I understand, and it explains a lot: the “C” stands for Charles!

    I guess that means I get Hot Lips!

  21. 21 psa Friday, November 26, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Well technically I am a baptized Catholic, though I don’t believe in a god and I certainly have no truck with that deeply corrupt organization. There are plenty of perfectly decent people that believe in gods of one sort or another and to varying degrees. I’d speculate that a dramatic portion of the 84% you quote are mouth service xtians. By no means are those 84% comprised entirely of the devout. And if rationality is elitist then I’m happy to be guilty of that charge. I’ll leave it to you believers in nonsense to aspire to less. What a sad statement to think that it is somehow wrong to have aspirations that exceed the bumpkin level of unchallenging complacency that you cling to.

  22. 22 psa Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 12:01 am

    And I am also an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church. My online ordination is every bit as valid as anything the born agains print off in their dishonest diploma mills.As a man of the cloth I demand you respect mah authoritah.


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