Downtown, Tampa, Florida, United States

November 16, 1969: Janis Joplin arrested for "vulgar and indecent language"

"Was arrested for using 'vulgar and indecent language' while performing at Curtis Hixon Hall in Tampa, Florida, on November 16, 1969. Unlike Jim Morrison, who was arrested onstage in the middle of his Florida performance earlier in 1969, Joplin was allowed to finish her concert and then got handcuffed by police backstage. Was released on a $504 bond after spending approximately an hour behind bars. During the four days, she remained in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area awaiting a preliminary hearing, she went fishing. At the hearing, she was advised by a local lawyer she hired, Herbert Goldburg, that jail time was unlikely. A photographer for Associated Press captured the two of them leaving police headquarters after the proceedings. The image shows Joplin, clad in a fur coat, grinning and flashing a 'V' sign with her fingers. Goldburg looks displeased. Joplin made a point of telling the AP that her sign stood for 'victory, not peace.' The following March she was fined $200 in absentia and the case was closed without her ever returning to Tampa. Curtis Hixon Hall has been demolished."

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November 16, 1969: Janis Joplin arrested for "vulgar and indecent language"