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21 April 2021

Jim Morrison’s Collected Writings To Be Published As ‘A Guide To The Labyrinth’

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Following the 50th anniversary of The Doors’ classic sixth album L.A. Woman, Genesis Publications has created an official, limited-edition book and multimedia set of Jim Morrison’s collected writings – A Guide To The Labyrinth: The Collected Works of Jim Morrison – produced in collaboration with the family and estate of Jim Morrison.

Genesis has been granted unlimited access to Jim Morrison’s archives, including 28 of his personal notebooks. This limited edition presents an extensive new collection collating published, unrecorded and rare works, including poetry, lyrics, drawings, transcripts and notebook excerpts, many of which are in Morrison’s own hand.

“Real poetry doesn’t say anything, it just ticks off the possibilities,” Morrison once said. “Opens all doors. You can walk through any one that suits you… And that’s why poetry appeals to me so much — because it’s so eternal.”

A text commentary garnered from past interviews with Jim Morrison and new interviews with musicians influenced by his music and writing, illustrated with rare and iconic photography, will bring this material to life.

A Guide To The Labyrinth: The Collected Works Of Jim Morrison will also include exclusive audio recordings and will be published in a landmark limited edition of only 2,000 copies worldwide.

Earlier this year, HarperCollins also 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.

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.

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