Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix make The Scene

March 6th or 7th 1968. It may have seemed a gathering of the rock ‘n’ roll pantheon at Steve Paul’s Scene, in the audience were Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, an almost impossible alignment of the stars, but stars aligning some times portend catastrophe.

The Scene was a club where rock stars could and would show up and jam and they often did. Jimi Hendrix would and could show up at a club and jam with whatever band was at the club or by himself. He had recently started carrying around with him an Ampex tape recorder for these occasions so he wouldn’t lose any musical ideas that would occur while he played. As Hendrix started to play a blues jam a very drunk Jim Morrison jumped up on stage and started to improvise some blues lyrics, lyrics that are quite graphic, mostly yelling “fuck her in the ass” almost everything else was near indecipherable. The drunk Morrison fell onto the stage and grabbed Hendrix’s ankles, then Morrison stumbled off the stage and fell into Janis Joplin’s table knocking the drinks into her lap, Joplin quipped “I wouldn’t mind…if he could sing.”

In another version of the story, after Morrison grabbed Hendrix’s ankles he yells “I wanna suck your cock” at which point Janis appeared and started hitting Morrison about the head, then poured the contents of her drink over his head.

Sources: and Break On Through by Riordan and Prochnicky

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  1. I so wish I could have been there!! I miss ALL the great stuff.

    1. I wish I had been a hip-er 9 year old!