Wilderness : The lost writings of Jim Morrison Volume I

Wilderness : The lost writings of Jim Morrison Volume I

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New York : Villard Books, 1988. First Edition. Hardcover. 214 pages ; photographic illustrations ; 21 cm. $12.95 dust jacket unclipped. Pages are unmarked and binding is firm.


Jim Morrison—songwriter, rock star, lead singer for The Doors, poet—died in 1971. But Ms legend and his genius have lived on through Ms records, his music, his lyrics. Now, seventeen years after his death, a comprehensive collection of the writings of Jim Morrison—none of it ever before published or seen by the public —has been compiled.

Wilder nets Is an extraordinary body of work, an important event in the history of Literature and of rock 'n roll. The events behind this publication are as extraordinary as the material itself.

Morrison willed his writings to his wife, Pamela Courson. Pamela died in 1974, two years and seven months after Jim's tragic death in Paris. The rights to the estate were finally settled in 1980. Since then, Pamela's parents, Corky and Pearl Marie Courson, have been working with the two people who know Jim Morrison's work—and Jim Morrison—better than anyone, Frank and Kathy Lisciandro. Frank Lisandro was Jim's closest friend; Ms wife, Kathy, was Jim's secretary during The Doors years.

It has taken this long for the unveiling of Wilderness because, quite simply, it could not have been done any sooner. The Lisciandros and Coursons have been sorting through, studying and deciphering more than sixteen hundred pages of notes, notebook pages and diary entries left by Jim Morrison. One poem, "The American Night," had more than fifty different versions.

At long last, the selections have been made. They represent an astonishing range from the wild rantings of a young iconoclast to the brilliant lyricism of an important and mature poet; from painfully insightful autobiographical writings to startling observations of the world around us. There is even a remarkable introduction, by Jim himself, written years ago in preparation for the day his work would be collected and published. The Coursons and Lisciandros have provided facsimile pages from Morrison's diaries as well as never-before-seen photos of Jim.

Perhaps only John Lennon, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen can be put in Jim Morrison's class as poets to emerge from the rock 'n roll generation. Certainly, this collection proves that Jim Morrison was a unique visionary, a man driven by love as well as pain, by ego as well as sacrifice, by life as well as death.

This book is Jim Morrison's. In his words, "If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel."

Wilderness does just that.

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