The FBI investigated late rock stars Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin prior to their deaths, according to FBI documents obtained by researcher A.J. Weberman.
The files on Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, include a report on how Morrison "pulled out all stops...to provoke chaos" when he exposed himself onstage in Miami, a thorough investigation of The Doors disruption of a L.A.-to-Phoenix airplane flight, and Morrison's FBI record listing 10 arrests. Of the 96 pages on Morrison, 5 were withheld completely and the other 91 had deleted names and paragraphs.
A March 4, 1969 report from the FBI's Miami branch to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover on "possible racial violence" in Miami mentions that when The Doors played Miami's Dinner Key Auditorium on March 1, 1969, Morrison "reportedly pulled out al stops in an effort to provoke chaos among a hugh (sic) crowd of young people. Morrison's program lasted one hour during which time he sang one song and for the remainder he grunted, groaned, gyrated and gestured along with inflammatory remarks. He screamed obscenities and exposed himself.....There were 31 off duty Miami Police Officers hired by the sponsors who observed most of the action by Morrison but failed to make any arrests as to do so might possibly incite a riot. (deleted) advised that he is conducting an investigation and warrants will be obtained for Morrison's arrest on misdemeanor charges. In addition, the matter will be discussed with the Florida State Attorney's Office to determine if Morrison can be charged with a felony."
A March 28 memorandum from Miami to "Director, FBI (Attn: Special Investigation Division)" indicates that a Federal warrant was issued in Miami on March 27 for the arrest of "James Morrison-FUGITIVE" on charges of "lewd and lascivious behavior" at the Miami concert on April 3, 1969. The Los Angeles FBI Teletyped to Washington and Miami that Morrison had surrendered that same day to FBI agents in L.A. The teletype report implies that a national FBI manhunt had been on for Morrison, as it notes that copies of the report were also being sent by airmail to Jacksonville, New York, San Diego and Tampa. A May 15 memo to the FBI Director from Miami FBI states that Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Osman declined prosecution against Morrison and that the U.S. Commissioner of Miami, Florida, advised that Federal process against Morrison be dismissed.
Jimi Hendrix's files are a scant 7 pages, invoking the FBI's investigation of his arrest on May 2 and May 6, 1961 for taking and riding in a car without the owners permission in Seattle, WA. His FBI record, for James Marshall Hendrix FBI #829158D also lists an arrest in the Army for unspecified reasons on May 31, 1961 in Seattle, and another arrest completely deleted by FBI censors.
The file on Janis Joplin is even shorter, one page, a Teletype from Chicago FBI to the Director, dated Aug. 5, 1970, about "possible violence" at a Ravinia Park concert in Highland Park, IL, to be given by Joplin that same night.
"....Source further advised that Ravinia Park area was to be heavily patrolled by some two hundred police officers including one hundred Illinois State Police and officers from nearby communities...(deleted) Bureau agents on scene. Appropriate agencies advised. The bureau will be kept informed of developments.