Set for publication just prior the 50th anniversary of Jim Morrison‘s death is The Collected Works Of Jim Morrison: Poetry, Journals, Transcripts And Lyrics, via the HarperCollins imprint. Variety reported the nearly 600-page book features such famed Morrison pieces as WildernessThe American Night, along with the Doors frontman’s iconic poems, “Horse Latitudes” and “The Celebration Of The Lizard.”

Variety reported, “The collection, which will be published on June 8th, consists of 160 visual components accompanied by excerpts from Morrison’s 28 private, never-before-seen notebooks (including the Paris notebook, which is believed to be Morrison’s final journal, reproduced at full reading size). 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.”

The book, which sells for $50, was produced with the full cooperation of the Morrison estate. Poetry, Journals, Transcripts And Lyrics features a forward by author Tom Robbins, a prologue by Morrison’s sister, Anne Morrison Chewning, and notes by Jim Morrison’s confidante and filmmaker, Frank Lisciandro.

SIDE NOTES

  • Out now on DVD and Blu-ray is theDoors‘ legendary self-produced film, Feast Of Friends. The infamous unfinished movie, which was shelved due to legal issues surrounding the Jim Morrison estate, was only ever seen at a few film festivals and was never officially released.
  • The film was funded by the band and helmed by friend and fellow film graduate Paul Ferrara, with the movie’s footage farmed out to numerous Doors documentaries over the past 45 years.
  • The recent DVD/ Blu-ray marks its first sanctioned release.

CHECK IT OUT: The Doors’ “Ghost Song” from 1978’s An American Prayer: