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The Doors FBI File

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The FBI file on The Doors, an American rock band formed in 1965 by Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robby Krieger.

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                                  Dear        Mr.       Hoover:

;.                                I thought you would be interested in the enclosed record
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                                  disc and my letter to Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr.   I
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                                  this with the Attorney General and that   hopefully - the
                                  two of you would be able to do something. Certainly, the
                                  great majority of decent Americans will applaud.any efforts
                                  to makerecord racks and newsstandsrefrain                                                from peddling
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                sslonorable Sam              J. Ervin,              Jr.      ~                                                 &#39;
                - Old        Senate Office            Building
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                    I hope the package   which houses this letter and the enclosures
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                                               It wouldn&#39;t anybody, especially
                                                              to the recérd
E                   3lady,          to be    exposed                                        which you have before                          you.
                    I believe          you will        agree         with me,             after you         have listened                  to the
                    enclosed disc,             that it             is the        filthiest and              most vulgar thing
                 ithe        human mind could os                      &#39; ceive.                      It was       brought to             my
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                                                       but I believe something   has to
                                                             we cannot -and should not -try                                        to
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                    legislate morality,                  but surely                can,
                                                                                   we               and should,            try to          stop
                    dissemination of               such excretory                   matter as            this. .
                    If I  appear to be indignant                             at this,   I am;    I think    the time    is
                    long past  due when the great                              mass of decent Americans        can be
                    assured that            such as         this          will not    be allowed     to be_peddled    to
                    their       by_great
                               kids                     numbers of                 record shops             across the             country.
                                    regards.
                    lkindest personal
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                    P.S. The         thought occurred                 to me that you                    might want          to expose
                             this to        your friend,              Senator Dirksen,                    and that          the two           of
                              you then      may want   to bring it                         to the        President&#39;s attention
                              perhaps sitting        down with him                         privately and                playing it             for
                             him. Since            he will           have the opportunity to                            name anew
                              Supreme Court            Chief Justice                  in June,           I&#39;m confident he&#39;ll&#39;be
                              interested          particularly
                                                  ~                                 view
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                              Court&#39;s rulingson pornography.                                    .                              .
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                              The furor rages about all the "sex and violence" on television,   but
                         only a few people coxzplain about the problems of pornography, andin this
                         case, that which the recording industry grinds out.                  y     R

                              The
                         "-*&#39; hit songs, if you examinethe "record charts", deal withrsubjects
                                                                             In     no
                            like illegitimate children "LoveChild"!, -"Living, Shame" wedlock!
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                         and variovs thinly-disguised lyrics about drg-taking, fellatio, sexual
                         intercourse.    _On the latter, there are dozensof recordings released every
                         month»                                                            -i             .,

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                                   Not everybody is as blatant as "The Fugs".&#39;

     a                             The group derived                their               Eourse,
                                                                              name,"o3"&#39;             from the four letter             word
                         for intercourse.                  They are well-knownon college campuses in clubs
                                                                                                and
                         in mjor            cities.        Their recordings are very successful.

                                   You might want to listen to a fem cuts, without any ladies within
                         earshot,                A copy of their            most recent LP is attached.                   l
                                                                                                                          Cut       describes
?~                                    ph?lo~sophy. Cut 3, Side 1, describes the use of Saran wrap ~
                         the group&#39;s
                         as an energency contraceptive in the back:seat of a    car.    This is a
.                -       well-knov:n substitute for rubber condroms amongyoung teenagers at our
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                         local schools as well asPS   152 in the Roux»!       B
                                                                              Side   has a satirical
£                        piece on the "fucking CIA nan".     Cut 2 on that side describes the use
                                 Coca"
                         o1"&#39;the Cola as a                                   a
                                                  douche, pointing out that it provides    good taste
                         as w ell              -
                                            as protection".                                                 -

                                   If               The     s,  a
                                            it wasn&#39;tFug it was                       similar group that recently appeared
                         on a Florida college campus, and when he curtain opened for the concert,
                                                                           he
                         one of the entertainers was masturbating openly, and  screamedat the
                         audience,              "You kids have got to groove Z"

                                                      album
                              The 124th best selling record       in Americatoday is "called"Two
I                        It
                         Virgins .      features on the front, the full length nudebodiesof
                                                                          with genitals Showing,-
                         Beetle John Lemon and his mistress Ovna---complete
                         This has openedthe door, and already there are manynewrecord albums
                               nudes
                         showing                  pictures -gjpeopleimitating coitus.
                                    and psychedelic                                                                                                _
                             I don&#39;t
                                     suppose anybodyin the fiupreme                 I
                                                                   Court cares. 1n fact,   don&#39;t
                         knowof zranypeople whodo care.         I&#39;m
                                                          K-"Zaybe an old fashioned parent, but
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                             not                                 at   or
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                         have to                   at two nakedpeople whenthey buy the record.                                        L
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                                                                               4learedthat arresting        on
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                                                  were also
                               of publicdnmlzenness
                              filed against Morrison.
                                                                               isonimmediately tothe concert.
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                                                                                               after   1.
                                 The bearded singer, a former
                               Florida State University student.               F nextmorning Doorslet :
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