They Fought the Law

Jerry Lee Lewis & the 10 Raddest Musician Arrests of All Time

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7. Jim Morrison: The Lizard King, Indeed

Toward the end of his life, rock poet Jim Morrison was more or less an unpleasant, alcoholic wreck. His performance with the Doors in Miami on March 1, 1969 wasn't quite the nadir of his music career, but it was close.

Arriving to the gig very late and very drunk, Morrison antagonized a past-capacity crowd of 13,000, calling them "slaves" and "fuckin' idiots" and demanding to know what they were going to do about it. After some freak jumped onstage and doused the singer in champagne, he took his shirt off. Playful now, Morrison asked the crowd if they wanted to see his cock.

By some slight of hand, he managed to give everyone what they wanted. Some swore he whipped it out and others said he didn't. Days later, he'd be charged with exposing his penis while on stage, shouting obscenities at the crowd and simulating oral sex on guitarist Robby Krieger. Morrison was convicted, and died before his case could reach appeal.

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