THE PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: SHOWDOWN IN MIAMI

April 14, 2010 – 3:56 am

This was no “wardrobe malfunction”. This was the counterculture.

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THE DOORS
The Miami Incident [no label, 1CD]

Live at The Dinner Key Auditorium, Miami, Florida, March 1,1969. Very, very Good Audience recording. The taper is in front of the stage. We beg to differ with Phil’s rating.

“This audience recording of only fair quality is a true historical document of the show that almost ended The Doors’ career. After the show, Miami police arrested Jim Morrison on charges of obscenity and indecent exposure. There were accusations that Morrison had publicly masturbated, though photographic evidence did not prove it, and, at a trial after Morrison’s death, he was found “not guilty”. Anyhow, in the meantime, while Morrison awaited trial, concert halls and promoters shunned the group. Obviously, the person who recorded it on cassette had to change sides at the 45-minute point causing the loss of part of the instrumental introduction to ‘Light My Fire’.

“Jim Morrison was obviously very stoned… even by his standards. A friend had copied this for me on DAT in the ’80s, and I played the DAT once, if at all. Recently, the same friend copied this for me on CD-R, but obviously the source had badly deteriorated, with lots of digital noises. Fortunately, my old DAT still plays fine… so here it is for your enjoyment.” - Philip Cohen

BigO has a soft spot for this show. Some years before we started sharing full concerts, we once offered just one track from the Miami show, Five To One. Here’s what we wrote then.

THE $HEEP-$HEEP SONG

“You’re all a bunch of fucking idiots.

“Lettin’ people tell you what you’re gonna do.

“Lettin’ people push you around. How long you think this is gonna last? How long are you gonna let it go on? How long are you gonna let them push you around?

“HOW LONG?

“Maybe you like it, maybe you liked being pushed around. Maybe you love it, maybe you like your face stuck in the SHIT, C’MON. Maybe you love being pushed around. You love it don’tcha? You love it. YOU’RE ALL A BUNCH OF SLAVES, BUNCH OF SLAVES. You’re all a bunch of slaves lettin’ anybody push you around.

“What are you gonna do about it? What are you gonna do about it? What are you gonna do about it? What are you gonna do about it? What are you gonna do about it? What are you gonna do? What are you gonna do?

“WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO?

“Your ballroom days are over…” [Morrison adlibs during Five To One]

It was 1969. The place Miami, Florida. The Doors were about to light a fire. War was raging in Vietnam. Young Americans were fodder for the war machine. Counter-culture had hit a wall after Chicago in ‘68. Who would have thought a pop singer would explode and throw away his career over an issue he could have ignored? But there was something about Morrison’s Five To One that always ignited him. You all know the story.

He was busted after the show on obscenity charges, found guilty and sentenced to six months in jail and a US$500 fine for “indecent exposure and profanity”. The judge told the singer his acts amounted to “utter contempt for our institutions and heritage.” Morrison appealed against the sentence and was granted bail. While awaiting the appeal, he left for Paris, where he died in July, 1971.

The reason The Doors broke up was because they found it hard to continue after the court case. Promoters wouldn’t book them, afraid of more trouble with Morrison’s behavior. Incredible when you consider the number of U.S. Roman Catholic priests who molested children and got away for decades. What were they protecting the public from?

This March 1, 1969 show was recorded from the audience. We offer you a riveting performance of Five To One. This is the same tape that was brought before a Miami court as evidence of Morrison’s outrageous behaviour, vulgar language and indecency. The above pictures of Morrison with sheep were shot at the concert. It was the only time he ever performed with sheep.

If you want the guilty verdict against Jim Morrison overturned, go here and sign the petition [http://doors.com/miami/]

In our humble opinion, Phil’s version is slightly better than the version we have. For a start, Jim’s ranting is clearer and that guitar from Robby is even more drugged fueled than we remember. With so much ad-libbing onstage by a stoned Morrison, this recording offers the clearest repro of all his rants. Never in recent concert history has there been a dialogue of this intensity between performer and audience. Morrison was making the rules and he paid a mortal price. - The BigO Crew

This show contains swearing. If that bothers you, please do not download.

Phil Cohen’s version was split into only four tracks.
01 Back Door Man/ Five To One/ Touch Me
02 Love Me Two Times
03 When The Music’s Over
04 Lizard Poem / Light My Fire

We’ve [roughly] retracked Phil’s version using the tracklist made by maggie7/kingmike when she shared her version on Traders’ Den. We’ve added a tiny bit more found at the end of maggie7’s version to Phil’s to complete what Jim was saying. Maggie7’s version circulated in January 2007. Phil has had his DAT copy since the ’80s. DAT was introduced in 1987.

The general conclusion is that this version is from an 8-track copy of the master cassette. One fan at Traders’ Den said, “What would be great would be tracking down the Miami taper and getting a clean 1st gen or master clone of his original reel (no 8-track). Again, as Chris mentioned, the 8-track version a few left gaps in the recording which a direct transfer would avoid.”

Note: Thanks to everyone for sharing. A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 320 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Track 01. Jim’s intro > Back Door Man 5:02 (12.1MB)
Track 02. “I want some love” 2:04 (4.7MB)
Track 03. Five To One 8:05 (18.9MB)
Track 04. “Talkin’ about love” > Touch Me 2:08 (4.8MB)
Track 05. Love Me Two Times 3:19 (7.6MB)
Track 06. When The Music’s Over Pt1 6:19 (14.4MB)
Track 07. When The Music’s Over Pt 2 > Jim’s comment on change > Away In India 3:25 (7.8MB)
Track 08.  When The Music’s Over Pt 3 5:48 (13.2MB)
Track 09. “I was born here” 2:34 (5.8MB)
Track 10. When The Music’s Over Pt 4/ We Want The World 4:13 (9.6MB)
Track 11. Celebration Of The Lizard (partial) 0:51 (1.9MB)
Track 12. Light My Fire Pt 1 7:51 (18.3MB)
Track 13. Light My Fire Pt 2 > “I’d fuck her but…” & Jim invites people on stage 3:42 (8.4MB)
Track 14. “There are no rules… NO LIMITS, NO LAWS…” 0:36 (1.3MB)
Track 15. End comments 0:04 (145k)

Parts of the above performance (especially tks 3-4 and 12-13) were acted out by Val Kilmer in Oliver Stone’s The Doors movie.

A new Doors documentary has just been released, When You’re Strange, the true story of the Doors with poetry readings by Johnny Depp. Click on the link to order the album.

“Jim turned himself in to the FBI in Los Angeles on April 4, 1969. On November 9, 1969 he entered a not guilty plea in Miami. The trial did not start until August 12, 1970. Max Fink was Jim’s defense lawyer, the prosecuter was Terrence McWilliams and Judge Murray Goodman presided over the case. Much evidence was heard from witnesses for both sides. Most of it was contradictory. On September 20, 1970 the jury found Jim Morrison guilty on the misdemeanor charges of indecent exposure and profanity. He was found not guilty on the felony charge and the misdemeanor for drunkenness. He was released on a $50,000 bond and returned to Miami on October 30, 1970 for sentencing.

Judge Goodman sentenced Jim to six months of hard labor and a $500 fine for public exposure and sixty days of hard labor for profanity. The sentences would run concurrently. He would be eligible for release after two months and would be on probation for two years and four months. His lawyer filed an immediate appeal. Until the appeal could be heard, Jim would be free on the $50,000 bond…and here’s some suggestions and facts taken from everywhere…

Jackie Gleason and Ms. Florida Orange Juice becoming a rallying point for the “decent Americans” was one of the evilest [sic] elements to arise from Miami in a societal sense. People had just begun to loosen up and the “powers that be at the time” saw fit to use this band as a staging ground to stop the groundswell of alternative lifestyles and try to get everyone to take a step backwards or a different direction, as though, they, were so damn moral, and as so many men were dying in Vietnam. A Travesty!

Jim did expose how a bunch of wankers ran his home state’s judiciary… Judge Goodman ended up under arrest for corruption and the crazy woman on the prosecution side Ellen Morphonios ended up as a nut case judge ‘Maximum’ Morphonios (nicknamed The Time Machine by the crooks) who once sentenced a robber to 1,197 years in prison after he urinated on the courtroom floor.

She made him leave without his pants. With a crew like that in court Jim was lucky he even got out alive!

The whole case really was a pile of shit… nowadays this bollocks would have been laughed out of court if that was the best the prosecution could come up with…”

END NOTE

‘Never forget: the cockcunt and the brain are just opposite ends of the same organ’

Jim wrote the equivalent of a Facebook rant with this letter which was published in US magazines of the time. Thanks to Buda.
“It’s a matter of demolishing experience, just a question of gathering up all fragments into one zone of awareness, then pulverizing them sufficiently to expel from the system through its tiny doors, leaving behind the mind stripped bare, devastated and stark as ground zero. You got to have the balls to lace your own network with it; let the risk illuminate your own fluids. Look at these capillaries! Lit up like emerald peacock feathers! You gotta hook your brain fibre on the spike of a distant star and let it stretch you at the receding speed of the primal explosion. All the way, brothers and sisters, to the breaking point, and pray for a glimpse before the tissue tears. The extension of the human mind, the structure of technology squats on the surface area of collective consciousness. Get out from under the antientropic plumbing; become not just the source of energy but the receiving substance as well. Rediscover selfprogramming!
“It’s more than likely that a little self-abuse will be necessary to bruise away the dependence on bad habits. A little hootch, a little cootch, even a bloody brawl will keep you tainted in the understanding of Pilate’s apostles and off their provendor menu. Keep yourself honest until the day you got the karmic warhead primed and can explode in their faces, leaving them gasping around mouthfuls of powdered teeth.
“For now, take it as a delight to be nothing more than a stab of flesh with the total mathematical content of a pleasure quotient. Use your brain as an instrument for appreciating sensual input with its developed intricacies only as experiments in methods of acquiring more and better pleasure. Enough keeps the mythology erect - too much brings it down and through the floor. Ache on through to the other side! Kill the image! Create the essence! Never forget: the cockcunt and the brain are just opposite ends of the same organ.”
Jim Morrison, 1969
  1. 19 Responses to “THE PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: SHOWDOWN IN MIAMI”

  2. Wow - I just wanted to be the first to thank you for this unbelievable show! More thoughts later, as I try to make sense of it all…

    By lowendbill on Apr 14, 2010

  3. Great Stuff my BigO!!!

    By udo on Apr 14, 2010

  4. Thanks for this show. I’ve just finished listening. The sound is better than I anticipated. You certainly can hear what Jim has to say. A nice historical-musical document, that, while I probably won’t listen to again for a while, I will share immediately.

    By Dennis on Apr 14, 2010

  5. An important and historical event with The Doors, never published officially. Very best thanks, Bigo.

    By eric on Apr 16, 2010

  6. I was there! At the time, I thought it was a very crappy concert, altho perhaps good theater if you like to be insulted repeatedly. I remembered him only starting 3 songs but I guess I am wrong on that count. I’ll have to listen to this when I get home to my own computer since I am visiting France. I am leaving for Paris tomorrow so maybe i will have to visit his grave?

    By Lynne on Apr 16, 2010

  7. This show is an epic in the anals of rock history period. It ain’t about the music on this one. It’s the highest example of the zeitgeist of this tumultuous era.

    By Rich on Apr 16, 2010

  8. Jim never showed “it” anyway. It was his finger he stuck out of his pants.

    By bill walton on Apr 16, 2010

  9. A fantastic historical document, but a sloppy performance. Morrison slurs or mispronounces the words on most tracks, perhaps purposefully, perhaps due to inebriation and boredom with singing the same old songs.

    By Janania on Apr 17, 2010

  10. My brother, who was 12 years old at the time and my dad both went to this concert at Dinner Key Auditorium in Coconut Grove. They went separately of course. When my dad talked about it years later, my brother said he was there. Naturally my dad said, “you were only 12, what were you doing there?!” He was pissed that the Doors didn’t play a full show and give the kids their money’s worth! Never mind the exposure incident…

    By Robbie Mac on Apr 18, 2010

  11. Now this is something i’ve been wanting to hear. I’ve only heard a couple bits of this show. Thanks for making this available. I heard around this time they did a few shows with the orchestra from the Soft Parade album. Are any of those shows around?

    By Matt on Apr 21, 2010

  12. Wow, simply amazing to be able to hear this. I was there as a 14 year old boy. I remember my brother and I being upset because we really didn’t get to see the Doors perform, however, little did I know that it would become such a historical concert. For the first half of the show, I was right by the side of the stage, watching Jim go behind the amps and drinking from a bottle. The last half I was on the second floor, right behind the stage watching the crowd go crazy, until Jim finally jumped/got pushed into the crowd. You could see the mass of people move like waves as he made his way through the crowd. I’ve had nothing but faint memories of his rants and yells, but listening to this after 41 years is a real treat. Also, to this day I still contend that he never exposed himself. I was watching him to the very end and that simply did not happen. I recently went to see the old Dinner Key Auditorium in Coconut Grove. Went inside, walked around and saw the second floor level were I stood watching the Doors so many moons ago. It was hard to believe they actually played there at all. Thanks so much for posting this.

    By Carlos on Jun 17, 2010

  13. ….This show is an epic in the anals of rock history period….

    anals ?

    By sluggo on Jun 18, 2010

  14. Val Kilmer is quite an old man today but he is still a great actor and handsome guy.:”"

    By Louis Price on Jul 4, 2010

  15. Val Kilmer is quite older now but he still got that great acting talent~-”

    By Caroline Bryant on Aug 2, 2010

  16. i love Val Kilmer in the movie The Saint, probably one of his greatest performance~*.

    By Diego Gray on Sep 29, 2010

  17. The Saint is one of Val Kilmer’s best film ever, i love his role on that movie:`~

    By Satin Panties  on Oct 14, 2010

  18. I have been a fan of the doors since the creation OF masturbation. I have never heard any of this concert. GREAT!!! i LOVE IT.
    Dido or dildo to the creator.Jim @ his historic best.Least have sum funnn out there to nite!!!!

    By Lewis Mccane on Nov 20, 2010

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  20. Top!
    Thank you very much.

    By Steve on Jun 10, 2013

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