The VICE Magazine Podcast


FBI Files on The Fugs

The VICE Magazine Podcast is your definitive guide to enlightening information. Our second annual Music Issue, a collaboration with our music site, Noisey, came out earlier this month, so we’re highlighting stories from the issue on our podcast. This week, Jason Leopold talks about his latest installment of Classified, a column where he breaks down the files he’s received from Freedom of Information Act requests.


As this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Doors’ self-titled debut album, Jason had hoped to write about the band. He found an FBI labeled “SUBJECT: THE DOORS,” but after opening it, he discovered the file only included letters referencing the politically charged 60s rock group the Fugs. Turns out, in 1969 a concerned citizen offended by the Fugs’ music, and drafted a letter to a US senator and the director of the FBI, requesting they ban the band’s music. Here’s Jason with more.

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