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The Doors’ John Densmore Did Not See Morrison Whip Out His “Golden Shaft”

The Doors’ John Densmore Did Not See Morrison Whip Out His “Golden Shaft” (photo)

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One of the most infamous events of rock and roll took place on March 1, 1969 when The Doors played a hot, oversold show in a converted airplane hangar in Miami, Florida. The show was delayed and the crowd had grown restless. Jim Morrison showed up late to a wild throng, fortified with alcohol, and let loose with his free form anti-establishment ranting. It was then that forces aligned against the band during that politically charged summer, claim Morrison whipped out his penis. He was charged, then convicted with indecent exposure and the whole ensuing debacle nearly destroyed the band.

Drummer John Densmore, along with many others, has long claimed that he never saw Morrison expose himself. He talked with Shirley Halperin for THR and reiterated as much with the news that outgoing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is considering a posthumous pardon for Morrison. “He didn’t do it! I was there; if Jim had revealed the golden shaft, I would have known,” Densmore said. “There were hundreds of photographs taken and tons of cops and no evidence.”

Tom Dicillo’s Doors documentary, “When You’re Strange,” narrated by Johnny Depp got a Grammy nomination for Best Long Form Video on Wednesday night. The film covers the 1969 concert in question, and is an excellent profile of a man, and a band that left a deep impression on American culture.

I talked to John Densmore a while back about the film, it’s soundtrack, Johnny Depp, and what a “beautiful dream” it all was for him. Read it here.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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