Daylight Video

Jim Morrison was born on this day in 1943. Here are the Doors performing a song very few best-selling rock bands would have tackled: Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s “Alabama Song,” from The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, an operatic parable of capitalism as an American Wild West town where “everything is permitted save one thing: having no money.”

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.