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Jim Morrison Robby Krieger raise money for Norman Mailer mayoral run

On May 30 and 31, 1969 Jim Morrison and Robby Krieger appeared at the Cinematheque 16 to raise funds for writer Norman Mailer’s mayoral run in New York.

Mailer, urged by friends to run as the Democratic candidate for the mayor of New York City, ran on a platform of New York City secession, the city would become a state on it’s own. Morrison and Krieger appeared at both nights of the event and a noticeably nervous Jim Morrison reading “An American Prayer.” Door guitarist, Robby Krieger accompanied him on guitar for a rendition of some Elvis Presley songs including “I’ll Never be Untrue,” “Heartbreak Hotel.” Morrison also read some poems such as “Paperback Queen” (see the video above this article), “Build Me a Woman“ and the blues classic‘s “Woman in a Devil” and “Carol.”

Mailer eventually lost his bid for mayor of New York, but Michael C. Ford, who was also a part of the program, said about Morrison’s participation, on Mailer’s platform, “. . . Jim loved that kind of buffoonery. ..” Other readers featured that evening were Michael McClure, Michael C. Ford, Tom Baker and Seymour Cassell. Also featured as the part of each evening’s events were The Doors’ film “Feast of Friends,” and Andy Warhol’s “I, A Man” which featured Tom Baker.

The Cinematheque 16 was an experimental movie theater in Los Angeles that specialized in psychedelic and experimental film techniques such as using multiple projectors and looping. Many of Andy Warhol’s films were shown there including “My Hustler,” “Chelsea Girls,” “Imitation of Christ.” Cinematheque 16 was at the site now occupied by Book Soup at 8818 Sunset Boulevard.

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