An American Prayer generated a lot of controversy Paul Rothchild called it the ‘rape of Jim Morrison’ and others argue that it isn’t what Jim Morrison wanted for his poetry album, namely that it be a project separate from The Doors. John Haeny who produced An American Prayer has put up a website that features an insiders story on the behind the scenes Making of Jim Morrison's An American Prayer.
Haeny was asked by Elektra president Jac Holzman to produce an album of Jim Morrison’s poetry Haeny agreed, and he met with Morrison to discuss what he wanted in the album and then they went into the studio on two separate occasions too record Morrison and his poetry. Morrison of course died in Paris before he completed his poetry album. One of reasons Morrison gave to Haeny for going to Paris was to clear his head and work out what he wanted for the album and Haeny would come to Paris later that summer. Haeny’s essay on the making of An American Prayer is a first hand account that not only reveals the behind the scenes technical details in creating An American Prayer but also a look at some of the personalities behind the project. The Making of Jim Morrison’s An American Prayer.
Another voice in The Doors story is Tony Funches who was Jim Morrison’s security for a couple of years. Funches who always has an original viewpoint and way of communicating that viewpoint was on the Hypnotic Turtle radio show this past Thursday (Sept. 26). Funches talks about his time working for The Rolling Stones as well as The Doors. You can listen to Tony’s interview at Hypnotic Turtle. Note: there’s a long collage introduction to the interview which doesn’t start until the 16 minute mark. Tony also is on Facebook.
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