Jim Morrison & T.E. Breitenbach
In late 1970, Jim Morrison was tidying up some of poetry with plans to go into the recording studio on his 27th birthday (12/8) and record a spoken word/poetry album. Jim set forth in completing some of the groundwork for the upcoming, remaining in complete creative control of this project. Jim sent a letter dated 10/9/70 to a young Doors fan whose art Jim admired, named T.E. Breitenbach that read,
Dear Mr. Breitenbach,
Thank you for your interest. Maybe we can do something.
Try doing a triptych. The left panel depicting a radiant moon-lit beach and an endless stream of young na ked couples running silently along the water’s edge. On the beach, a tiny infant grins at the universe and around its crib stand several ancient, old people.
The center — a modern city or metropolis of the future at noon, insane with activity.
The last panel — a view through a car windshield at night on a long straight desert highway.
If you come up with something related to these themes within the next four or five months I’m sure I can use it.
Once the artwork had been completed (seen above), Breitenbach submitted his artwork to the Doors’ office in Los Angeles. He was told that Jim Morrison had moved to France for some time. Needless to say, Jim never made it back and the poetry album was put on hold until 1978 when it was released as An American Prayer with background sounds and music credited to the remaining Doors. Breitenbach’s art was never used, but I supposed he got a nifty story out of it.