Excerpted from, No One Here Gets Out Alive, J. Hopkins & D. Sugerman, 1980. This episode was omitted from Oliver Stone's film, 'The Doors'.
The sequence of events that led to the Door's fall from grace began February 28, 1969, when The Living Theatre staged its revolutionary tour de force, 'Paradise Now.'
The play opened with 'The Rite of Guerrilla Theater.' The actors mingled with the spectators speaking cathartic phrases: "I am not allowed to travel without a passport / I cannot travel freely, I cannot move about at will! / I am separated from my fellow man, my boundaries are set arbitrarily by others! / The Gates of Paradise are closed to me!" In a few minutes the actors were close to hysteria and Jim [Morrison] was on his feet with many others, shouting slogans, bellowing for Paradise Now.
The actors retired quietly, returned to the stage and paused for a moment: "I don't know how to stop the wars! / You can't live if you don't have money! / I'm not allowed to smoke marijuana! / I'm not allowed to take my clothes off! / The body itself of which we are made is taboo! / We are ashamed of what is most beautiful! / We may not act naturally toward one another! / The culture represses love! / I am not allowed to take my clothes off!"
The actors begin to strip and when the stripping reached the legal limit, the actors shouted once more, "I'm not allowed to take my clothes off! I am outside the Gates of Paradise!"
The next day, Morrison was arrested during a Miami concert for allegedly stripping beyond the legal limit.
(In Arizona, the "indecent exposure" statute [A.R.S. 13-1402] applies to a person recklessly disregarding whether reasonable people would be offended or alarmed.)