“Real poetry doesn’t say anything, it just ticks off the possibilities. 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”

FROM THE JIM MORRISON BOOK
Photograph of Jim Morrison overlaid with Jim Morrison's handwritten song lyrics sheet from the Jim Morrison Book

The Collected Works of Jim Morrison Book
By Jim Morrison

Following the 50th Anniversary of The Doors album L.A.Woman, not one, but two editions of the late poet and iconic frontman, Jim Morrison’s, definitive anthology are to be published.

Both books have been created in collaboration with the Jim Morrison estate and are inspired by a posthumously discovered list entitled ‘Plan for Book’. The Collected Works of Jim Morrison Book is the definitive opus of Morrison’s creative output – and the book he intended to publish.

The Collected Works of Jim Morrison Book front cover

The Open Edition
From HarperCollins

A more affordable and accessible – though still beautifully presented – printing of The Collected Works of Jim Morrison book. This is the definitive anthology of Jim Morrison’s writings, with rare photographs, handwritten excerpts of unpublished and published poetry and lyrics from his 28 privately held notebooks and commentary from Morrison himself. Across 600 pages this oversized, illustrated hardcover gives readers an immersive insight into The Doors’ frontman’s creative process.

Special Edition of Jim Morrison Book subtitled A Guide to the Labyrinth

The Special Edition
From Genesis Publications

2,000 copies titled, A Guide to the Labyrinth: The Collected Works of Jim Morrison will be produced as a special, limited edition book and multimedia set by renowned rock’n’roll publishers, Genesis Publications.

The first 350 in this signed and numbered edition will be produced in a Deluxe binding with additional material. The remaining copies are Collector bindings. Both the Deluxe and Collector editions are available to pre-order now with shipping expected from late December 2021 to early 2022.

As a poet, writer, singer-songwriter, filmmaker and frontman to The Doors, Jim Morrison’s body of work forms one of the twentieth century’s greatest artistic legacies. Before his passing, Morrison proposed how this work might be published on a leaf of paper entitled ‘Plan for Book’. Now, with the Estate of Jim Morrison, Genesis is honoured to fulfill his creative wish in an official three-book, multimedia boxed set, the ultimate celebration of Jim Morrison and his work: A Guide to the Labyrinth.

For the first time, much of the writings that exist in Jim Morrison’s own hand are compiled and presented together, accompanied by typeset transcripts and illustrated with photography spanning Morrison’s lifetime.

Jim Morrison Book Excerpt with photograph of Jim Morrison overlaid with his handwritten lyrics
Internal spread from The Collected Works of Jim Morrison Book

Exclusive text contributions have also been amassed from those who knew Jim or have been inspired by him. The book’s list of nearly 30 contributors includes Jim’s Doors bandmates John Densmore and Robby Krieger, musicians Alice Cooper, Perry Farrell, Billy Gibbons, Ian McCulloch, Iggy Pop and Grace Slick, Doors engineer Bruce Botnick, original Doors manager Bill Siddons, head of Elektra Records Jac Holzman, dear friends and collaborators Frank Lisciandro and Babe Hill, as well as siblings Anne and Andy Morrison.

Their testimony not only places much of the writings within the context of Jim’s life and career, but also provides rare insight to Jim Morrison’s personality and creative process.

See inside

Opening up the Morrison vaults, a large-format main volume presents more than 600 pages of poetry, lyrics, essays and ideas, both typeset and in Morrison’s own handwriting throughout. Illustrated with over a hundred rare photographs, drawings, and items of memorabilia, Morrison’s commentary narrates the collection, sourced from archival interviews. Exclusive, new text from his close friends and fellow musicians adds further insight.

Numbered and signed by his band mates and family, this craftsman-bound edition is accompanied by spoken word recordings on a special 7” vinyl pressing, plus two actual-size, reproduction notebooks, never-before-seen from the Jim Morrison archives.

Specifications

Contributors: Nearly 30 contributors including Alice Cooper, John Densmore, Perry Farrell, Billy Gibbons, Robby Krieger, Ian McCulloch, Anne Morrison, Andy Morrison, Iggy Pop and Grace Slick
Expected NZ Publication Date: Late December 2021 to early 2022
Publisher: Genesis Publications
Signed by: Robby Krieger, John Densmore, Anne Morrison, Andy Morrison
Limited Edition: 2,000 copies (1,650 Collector / 350 Deluxe)
Binding: Three-quarter vegan leather (Deluxe black and Collector green) with gold tooling and gilt page edging housed in a silk-screened Solander case with gold tooling.
Extras: Both bindings include two actual-size replica notebooks from the Jim Morrison archive and a 7″ vinyl disc containing five Jim Morrison poetry recordings. Deluxe copies also include a 10″ x 8″ poetry print, numbered and stamped with Jim Morrison’s signature, 10″ x 8″ photographic print, numbered and signed by The Doors photographer and filmmaker Paul Ferrara.
Size: Page size 225mm x 300mm, 600 pages.

The Collected Works of Jim Morrison Book front cover

The Open Edition
From Harper Collins

A more affordable and accessible – though still beautifully presented – printing of The Collected Works of Jim Morrison.

$75 + postage

Guide to the Labyrinth Jim Morrison Book

The Collector Edition
From Genesis Publications

1650 of the 2000 special edition are Collector’s copies and are signed by Jim Morrison’s family and bandmates.

$750 + postage

Special Edition of Jim Morrison Book subtitled A Guide to the Labyrinth

The Deluxe Edition
From Genesis Publications

350 of the 2000 edition are Deluxe copies, are signed by Jim Morrison’s family and bandmates and include extras and a particularly luxurious binding. Limited number remaining.

$1380 + postage