Throughout, a compelling mix of 160 visual components accompanies the text: an abundance of previously unpublished material, including excerpts from his 28 privately held notebooks, with numerous examples written in his hand. An array of personal images and commentary on the work by Morrison himself rounds out this highly collectible volume, which includes a foreword by Tom Robbins, introduction and notes by Morrison’s close friend Frank Lisciandro, and a prologue by Morrison’s sister, Anne Morrison Chewning. The book will be available in the UK on 10th June 2021 (RRP £40), wherever books are sold.
With a foreword by Tom Robbins, an introduction and notes by longtime Morrison friend, photographer, and filmmaker Frank Lisciandro that provide insight to the work, and a prologue by Morrison’s sister Anne Morrison Chewning, this remarkable collector’s item includes:
• Complete self-published poems and writings such as “The New Creatures”; “The Lords: Notes on Vision”; “An American Prayer”; “Ode to LA while thinking of Brian Jones, Deceased”
• Published and unpublished song lyrics, with numerous examples in Morrison’s hand
• Published and unpublished work and a vast array of notebook writings such as “The Anatomy
of Rock,” “The Celebration of the Lizard,” “Dry Water,” “The American Night,” and “Tape Noon”
• The Paris notebook, believed to be Morrison’s final journal, reproduced at full reading size, as well as excerpts from the journal he kept during his infamous Miami trial in 1970
This beautifully produced, oversized hardcover, designed by Michael Bierut and Jonny Sikov of Pentagram, is not only the most comprehensive book of Morrison’s work ever published, it is immersive, giving readers insight to the creative process of and offering access to the musings and observations of an artist whom the poet Michael McClure called “one of the finest, clearest spirits of our times.”
The accompanying audiobook makes available for the first time the full recording of Morrison’s last poetry recording session at the Village Recorder on his twenty-seventh birthday in 1970. A complete transcript of the poems Jim read during the session is in the book as well.
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