Autograph Manuscript, one page, quarto, undated [1960s]. Morrison's notes about the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche likely to be written for his book "The Lords & The New Creatures." Framed with a promotional photograph of Jim Morrison, Signed by the remaining members of the Doors, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robby Kreiger. The black and white photograph measures 8 inches wide by 10 inches high.

Jim Morrison's fascination with Friedrich Nietzsche is captured on film during an impromptu pre-concert backstage performance at New York's Saratoga Performing Arts Center on September 11, 1968. Morrison sits at the grand piano and devises the "Ode to Fredreich Nietzsche." During the spontaneous performance, Morrison specifically refers to the horse-whipping incident he writes about in this manuscript. This impromptu performance of "Ode to Fredreich Nietzsche" appears in both "The Soft Parade" and "Feast of Friends."

"On the third of January, near the door his lodgings, Nietzsche saw a cabman whipping a horse. He threw his arms around the animal's neck and burst into tears, marking first hour of his madness.

"He had purposely contracted syphilis as a student - playing Wagner on the upright for the whores - and carried the germs of chaos all his years. When he at last despaired of embodying in words his entire world of thought, he let those forces sweep through him and explode chambers in his brain.

"But not before capping his philosophy with that last symbolic act - the final chapter in his philosophy - and wed himself with the act and animal for all time."

This manuscript was likely unused writings written for Morrison's poetry book, "The Lords & The New Creatures".

Matted in ivory and blue, and framed in antiqued gilt. Framed dimensions are 24 inches wide by 17 inches high.

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  • Music Performers/Conductors




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