A Massive New Collection Of Jim Morrison’s Writings Are Coming In June
HarperCollins have announced the publication of The Collected Works of Jim Morrison: Poetry, Journals, Transcripts and Lyrics. The book, which runs to nearly 600 pages, has been created with the cooperation of the Jim Morrison estate and features a mix of both published work such as song lyrics and poetry and the posthumously published collection, Wilderness And The American Night.
However, the book also contains previously unpublished material – unrecorded lyrics, writings collected from his notebooks, photos and drawings. There will also be what are believed to be Jim Morrison’s final writings, from a Paris notebook from shortly before his death, which will be “reproduced in full reading size,” according to the publisher. . An accompanying audiobook includes the first-ever issue of Morrison’s final poetry recording session, held in an LA studio on his 27th birthday in December 1970 and it will be accompanied by a transcript of that tape.
“Jim Morrison is an enduring, influential force in the world of entertainment as well as one of the most notable poets of his generation,” said executive editor Elizabeth Sullivan. “‘The Collected Works of Jim Morrison’ is a highly curated anthology of his prodigious creative output. This is an exceptional collection we’re thrilled and honored to publish in conjunction with Jim’s family, Jennifer Gates at Aevitas, and the incredible support of JAM, Inc, the estate’s manager, who gave us unprecedented access to the Morrison archives.”
The book also includes a foreword by the author and longtime Doors fan, Tom Robbins, as well as a prologue by Jim Morrison’s sister, Anne Morrison Chewning.
The Doors formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, and were comprised of frontman Morrison as well as Ray Manzarek (keyboards), John Densmore (drums) and Robby Krieger (guitar). Morrison died in Paris aged 27 on 3rd July 1971. This year marks the 50th anniversary since his death.