1976 – Mary Whitehouse sues Gay News

Mary Whitehouse was, depending on your politics, a valiant and untiring defender of moral standards, or an interfering busybody who got off on minding other people’s business.

In 1976, she sued the publishers of the magazine Gay News for printing a poem entitled “The Love that Dares to Speak its Name” by James Kirkup, on the grounds that it was blasphemous. She ultimately won this court case, although the fact that both the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Cardinal of London refused to testify on her behalf speaks volumes about just how much distance there was between Whitehouse’s moral standards and those of the wider community, even among other Christians.

Referenced in:

Glad to be Gay ’79 — Tom Robinson Band

1967 – Jim Morrison dragged from the stage by the police

On December 9th, 1967, The Doors performed at the New Haven Arena in New Haven, Conneticut.

Accounts vary as to what motivated Morrison, but it is generally agreed that he launched into an extended rant in which he belittled the New Haven Police Department. The police invaded the stage, arresting Morrison and dragging him away, abruptly ending the concert. In response, the crowd rioted while the police booked Morrison on charges of indecency and public obscenity.

This incident helped to solidify Morrison’s reputation as a counter-culture hero and spokesman to his fans, and as a petulant drunkard to many others.

Referenced in:

Morrison Hostel — This Is Serious Mum
Peace Frog — The Doors