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Mug shots of major rock stars

Many of these musicians were known for being wild and crazy. Others were more sedate. Either way, at some point, they all got hauled in

Rock stars are not known for their quiet and demure personalities. In fact, the ability to trash one’s hotel room appears to be a core part of the rock star’s job description.

But some stars take acting out to a whole new level, and their deeds—or rather, misdeeds—cross the thin blue line that separates the legendary and the illegal, and brings them straight into the police station. Sure, charges related to sex and drugs may not be entirely unexpected for rock-n-rollers, but larceny, aggravated assault, and even murder are also in the mix below.

c. 1970
Jim Morrison in Dade County, Florida, in September 1970. His arrest was for an incident a year previously, at Coconut Grove, Florida. Morrison was charged with a felony for lewd lascivious behavior, two misdemeanors for public profanity, two for public exposure and one for public drunkenness—all while on stage.
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