Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors, passed away forty years ago this month.
By then, at the young age of twenty-seven, Morrison had already created a reputation as a rock anarchist, whose wild and unpredictable stage antics added to the Doors' mystique as a disruptive force to be reckoned with.
But here's something most people forget: they loved to conduct Irish singalongs!
In this photo, taken at a famous Doors' performance at the old New Haven Arena, Officer Patrick O'Toole joined in on the wholesome fun with a peppy version of "MacNamara's Band."
Just out of sight were thousands of young fans, arm in arm, singing and swaying to the music.
This was at a critical time in rock history, when the artistic boldness of bands such as the Doors—with their rock noir hits like "Light My Fire," "People Are Strange," and "Riders on the Storm"—put them on a collision course with cultural gatekeepers and authorities who were offended by rock & roll's creative freedom and self-expression. But on this night, the Lizard King and his merry band showed we can all just get along.
(By analogy, a new generation of young workers are demanding more creative autonomy in officeland—a topic for another occasion.)