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MOONLIGHT DRIVE THE STORIES BEHIND EVERY DOORS SONG
Design and Art Direction
 

 
 

CLIENT: CARLTON BOOKS, 1994-1996

As a senior designer for the publisher Carlton Books, I was responsible for developing the graphic style of their titles and, when the design was approved, oversaw the two junior designers producing the complete book. In 1995, I designed Moonlight Drive – The Stories Behind Every Doors Song. The book examines in detail the nine-album career of the maverick 1960s band, led by the charismatic but volatile singer and poet, Jim Morrison.

Morrison’s lyrics reveal a man who saw himself as a troubled prophet, so I portrayed him as a religious figure on the cover, his head enclosed in a halo. This stylised symbol was used throughout the book in a variety of sizes - on the endpapers, in the chapters, sometimes integrated with the song titles - to give Moonlight Drive  a simple but striking graphic unity.

As the book was produced without the co-operation of The Doors’ official archive, I also contributed to the extensive picture research, sourcing images for ‘Roadhouse Blues’ (above right).

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