Jim Morrison leaves the Miami courthouse in 1969 (l). The Bee Gees outside Criteria Studios in North Miami in 1978 (r).

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Music icons like Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Eric Clapton, the Beatles and the Bee Gees are associated with places like the Village in New York, London or Paris, the city where Morrison spent his last days and was buried. , one of the most visited cities. graves in the Père Lachaise cemetery.

Each of these rock stars has their own history with Miami, which has served as a creative haven, a stage to perform and sometimes a location for legal scandal.

That’s the subject of this week’s el Nuevo Herald podcast, Miami Oculto (Hidden Miami), which discusses Coconut Grove’s bohemian past, when it was a counterculture mecca and a hot-weather escape for hippies. in the 1960s. We also discuss Golden Beach, one of South Florida’s most exclusive neighborhoods, where Eric Clapton recorded an album in one of his mansions, which he titled with the address of the house, 461 Ocean Boulevard.


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Clapton left the White House on A1A for the Bee Gees, who were in a somewhat stagnant moment in their career and wanted a fresh start. Thus began their adventure in Miami, where they recorded their smash hit “Saturday Night Fever” (1977) at Criteria Studios in North Miami.

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–handout–The Bee Gees outside Criteria Studios in North Miami in 1978 with a platinum Cadillac they received as a gift from producer Robert Stigwood. Left to right: Robin, Barry and Mauruce Gibb, and Criteria owner Mack Emerman. oh oh

The three brothers, Robin, Barry and Maurice Gibb, have maintained residences in South Florida over the years. Today a Miami Beach Park Commemorates Mauritius – who died in this city – with a simple mausoleum at Maurice Gibb Memorial Park, on Purdy Ave. and 18th Street.

A popular culture tour of Miami

Miami Oculto’s guest this week is Peruvian writer Pedro Medina Leónauthor of the book “Tour: A Tour of Miami’s Popular Culture,” which includes essays and anecdotes about these famous musicians and their time in Miami.

Medina León tells of the Grove store where the most important rock music festival in history, Woodstock, was conceived. Before taking place in a town on the outskirts of New York in August 1969, the festival existed in the imagination of the owner of this store, Michael Lang.

In May 1968, Lang organized the Miami Pop Festival at Gulfstream Park Racing at Hallandale Beach, where Jimi Hendrix arrived by helicopter. Dressed in a dramatic flowing white shirt, Jimi performed “Foxy Lady” that day.

A year later, in March 1969, The Doors gave a memorable concert at Dinner Key Auditorium in Coconut Grove, not because of the music but because Jim Morrison ended up being accused of dropping his pants on stage.

1970: Jim Morrison leaves the courtroom. The Doors singer was on trial, charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, drunkenness, blasphemy and indecent exposure during a concert at Miami’s Dinner Key Auditorium in 1969. Bill Sanders The Miami Herald

Today, the Dinner Key auditorium no longer exists – it was demolished in 2014. Miami Marine Stadium (another subject of an episode of Miami Oculto), which has also hosted major concerts, is also in danger.

Miami residents and tourists also lost the hotel in Deauville, where The Beatles performed live at the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964. Two luxury towers for hotels and residences will be built on the Collins Avenue land.

It is worth considering the loss of important places associated with music legends so that more luxury towers are built. A city without a past, without landmarks to remember important moments, will have little to offer.

It is one of the missions of Miami Oculto, to preserve what made the greatness of the city and its inhabitants. The podcast bids farewell to next season and is always open to suggestions from listeners on Miami stories to explore in the future.

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Watch the episodes on youtube and the Nuevo Herald website. Find all the episodes of the Miami Oculto podcast on your favorite audio platform:Spotify podcast, Apple podcastand Amazon Music.

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This story was originally published August 30, 2022 10:15 a.m.

Sarah Moreno covers topics for negotiations, entertainment and tendencies in Florida. Graduated from the University of La Habana and Florida International University.

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Jessica Serrano is a bilingual journalist with 20 years of media experience. Born in Ecuador and raised in Miami, she writes local, travel and human interest stories. She has two master’s degrees, one from Florida International University in investigative journalism. Her passions are horses, nature, cheese and smiles.