Jim Morrison's 'LA Woman' lyrics could open Doors at auction

A yellow sheet of lined A4 paper bearing lyrics scribed by Jim Morrison, legendary singer of 1960s rock band The Doors, are auctioning in Berkshire, UK, next month.

The original handwritten lyrics are for the song LA Woman, the title track from the band's sixth and final 1971 studio album - which also happened to feature Elvis Presley's bassist, Jerry Scheff.

The Doors' singer Jim Morrison

In July that same year, Morrison would be found dead in a Paris bathtub. Today, the cause of his death remains uncertain - yet his rock 'n' roll legacy still burns as brightly as ever.

Beginning "Well I just go into town an hour ago..." Morrison's lyrics are written in blue pen, with Biro doodles to the left hand side.

In the top left-hand corner of the A4 sheet is the singer's autograph, which reads "J - M /Doors - Morrison", next to the song title.

The authenticity of this fascinating piece of music history is verified by its provenance, having been formally exhibited in the famous Hard Rock Cafe, New York.

The Doors, whose famous hits include Break on Through (To the Other Side) and Light My Fire, first formed in 1965, and are the latest legendary group to enjoy a 21st century renaissance.

Earlier this year saw the release a documentary, entitled When You're Strange, charting the band's career with narration by longtime fan Johnny Depp.

Morrison famously regarded himself as a writer and poet as much as a singer (William Blake was a key influence) and this will undoubtedly make his lyrics even more sought-after among investors and collectors.

Morrison's handwritten original lyrics to 1971's LA Woman

Dreweatts' auction will take place on August 3, and is also offering memorabilia attached to Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. Watch this space for more news on the sale.

Meanwhile, collectors on the lookout for autographs and lyrics penned by rock's greatest legends can also find Paul McCartney's signed lyrics to Lady Madonna and sheet music by Bob Dylan for sale on the market.

They are currently available to collectors alongside other are signed photographs and memorabilia from Led Zeppelin, The Who and John Lennon - on which you can find more information here.


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