The Doors Sell Branding And Publishing Catalogue Rights
The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and the estate of late keyboardist Ray Manzarek have sold their rights to the band’s publishing catalogue, master recordings, trademarks, merchandising options and even income to Primary Wave Music. Rights owed to late frontman Jim Morrison and drummer John Densmore were not factored into the sale.
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“After 58 years, and the most magical of times, I’ve decided to sell my share of The Doors to Primary Wave,” said Robby. “This will enable me to help the many charities I’ve been involved with, and some new ones too. I know Primary Wave cares about music, art, and about helping legacies go to even bigger levels. Our longtime manager Jeff Jampol will still be protecting our legacy in partnership with Primary Wave, so I’m comfortable and happy with the future of The Doors.”
“Ray and I spent a lot of time discussing [the band’s] legacy, and how to handle things after he departed this plane,” said Dorothy Manzarek. She continued, “Our family has worked patiently to find the right partners to continue Ray’s lifelong efforts in protecting and promoting his art, and now we are happy to have finally come to an agreement with Primary Wave. Under the continued guidance of our manager, Jeff Jampol, Primary Wave will be the right partners in this endeavor to build future generations of new Doors fans.”
“The Doors are one of the most legendary rock bands of all time. We are looking forward to growing the legacies of Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek,” said Larry Mestel, CEO & Founder of Primary Wave Music.
The group was first formed in 1965 and stayed together until 1973, reuniting five years later. With Morrison, they released six studio albums, starting with 1967’s self-titled debut and ending with LA Woman in 1971.