Jim Morrison – 1969 Self-Published Poetry Folio ‘The Lords: Notes on Vision’, From Collection of Doors Manager Danny Sugerman (One of 100 made)

An ultra rare example of Jim Morrison’s self-published folio of poems The Lords: Notes On Vision,  given by Morrison to longtime Doors associate and manager Danny Sugerman (1954-2005.)

Morrison published The Lords in an edition of 100 in early 1969. Printed in Los Angeles at Western Lithographers, Morrison gave these out one-at-a-time to friends and acquaintances

The folio, printed on textured heavy card stock with a string closure on the back, contains 82 unnumbered sheets, each with writings by Morrison. In 1970, Simon & Schuster combined these poems with those from Morrison’s second self-published collection, The New Creatures, in a mass-market collection titled The Lords & The New Creatures.  This original version, however, contains three poems not included in the commercial edition.

Danny Sugerman met and began working for The Doors at the remarkably young age of 13, first handling their fan mail and organizing their clippings and scrapbook, and later writing press releases.  He was close to Jim Morrison, and after Morrison’s death, became Ray Manzarek’s manager, and then manager of The Doors, overseeing their catalog releases and legacy.

Sugerman wrote several books about Jim Morrison and The Doors, including the bestselling Morrison biography No One Here Gets Out Alive (co-written with Jerry Hopkins), The Doors: The Illustrated History, and his Doors-heavy autobiography Wonderland Avenue. He was a consultant to Oliver Stone for the film The Doors.

The folio has wear around the edges, but is fully intact.  All 82 sheets are present, and in overall excellent condition; three have some age-related staining (visible in the last photograph.)  A similar example with a slightly cleaner folio, but far less impressive provenance, sold in November 2020 for $10,725.00.

We acquired this directly from Danny Sugerman’s widow, Fawn Hall; her signed letter of authenticity is included, as is Recordmecca’s written lifetime guarantee of authenticity.  An extraordinary Jim Morrison collectible with impeccable provenance.

8 3/4″ x 11 3/4″.

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