The Collected Works of Jim Morrison will be published on June 8, 2021, by Harper Collins to coincide with the 50th anniversary of The Doors singer’s death, who died on July 3, 1971.
At some point before his death in July 1971, Morrison handwrote a list, titled “Plan for Book,” that laid out his thoughts on a collection of his poetry, lyrics, and other work. Now, 50 years after his passing and the release of his last album with The Doors, that blueprint is coming to fruition in what promises to be the most exhaustive collection of his writing to date.
The 600-page book will contain excerpts from Morrison’s 28 private, never-before-seen notebooks (including the Paris notebook, which is believed to be The Doors frontman final journal, reproduced at full reading size). Roughly half the book consists of previously unpublished material, including unrecorded lyrics, drawings, photographs, and the treatment for The Hitchhiker, a movie project in which he played a murderous drifter; parts of it were eventually filmed as his experimental movie HWY.
The collection also includes most of Morrison’s previously published works, including previous writing collections Wilderness and The American Night.
Collected Works has the potential to kickstart another Morrison revival, but it may also serve as the culmination of Morrison’s own desires to be taken seriously as a writer. In a 1969 interview with Rolling Stone, he was asked –
“Do you see yourself going more toward print?”
Morrison replied –
“That’s my greatest hope. That’s always been my dream.”
Additionally, the print collection will be accompanied by a digital audiobook that includes a full recording of Morrison’s last poetry recording session at the Village Recorder on his 27th birthday in 1970.
Morrison’s sister, Anne Morrison Chewning, has written a foreword and contributed a prologue. Plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Doors’ L.A. Woman album are also in the works.
We are delighted to announce THE COLLECTED WORKS OF JIM MORRISON—an anthology of the writings and personal images of the late poet. 50% of this volume has never been published before.
— Jim Morrison (@JimMorrison) February 23, 2021
Click here to preorder the $50 book.