Now That Jim Morrison’s Been Cleared, Here’s The Jimi Hendrix Drug Case Transcript
Now that the Florida Clemency Board has granted Jim Morrison a posthumous pardon for exposing himself during a 1969 concert, it seems appropriate to revisit another rock star arrest from that year.
Jimi Hendrix was busted in May 1969 at Toronto International Airport after customs agents discovered heroin and hashish in his luggage. At trial later that year, Hendrix testified that the narcotics were placed in his bag by a fan without his knowledge. Asked by a prosecutor how frequently this occurred, the musician answered, “Most every time that we played at a show, you know.”
The transcript of Hendrix’s testimony is an amusing account of drugs, touring, Bromo-Seltzer, and the time he enjoyed a hash cake while celebratintg his birthday in Ireland. To download a PDF of the 37-page Hendrix transcript, click here.
Hendrix, pictured in the above mug shot, was acquitted of the drug charges. He died of a drug overdose in September 1970.