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The Doors sign-in sheet for a 1968 Waiting for the Sun recording session

Vintage ballpoint signatures, “J. Morrison,” “John Densmore,” “Robby Krieger,” and “R. Manzarek,” on a 7 x 8.75 guest register page from a Los Angeles recording studio sign-in book, dated January 24, 1968. Vince Treanor, the Doors longtime road manager, signed above the musicians’ signatures, adding the band’s name. Above Treanor’s signature and on the opposite side of the page are signatures of Bee Gees musicians and personnel, including Barry Gibb (2), Maurice Gibb (2), Robin Gibb (2), and Colin Petersen (2). In fine condition.

This recording session for the band’s third album, Waiting for the Sun—which became their first and only number one record—was marred by Morrison’s increased dependence on drugs and alcohol. Earlier in the month, charges stemming from his infamous arrest during a concert in New Haven were dropped, and five days after this recording session he was arrested again after being beaten by security guards outside the Pussycat a’ Go Go, a Las Vegas casino. When the police arrived, they took him in under charges of vagrancy, public drunkenness, and failure to possess sufficient identification. Single items signed by the complete Doors lineup are exceedingly difficult to find, especially from such an important and turbulent period in the band’s existence. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on October 28, 2014 in The Doors


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The Doors 1966 ASCAP membership applications

The Doors’s individual applications for writer membership in the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, each one page, 7.5 x 10, all dated between October 10–14, 1966, and each filled out and signed by a member of the group. Jim Morrison has printed his full name, “James Douglas Morrison,” on the first line, listed his place of birth, “Melbourne, Florida,” signing at the bottom, “J. Morrison,” adding his current Hollywood, California, address underneath. The three remaining members have also printed out their full names, places of birth, current California addresses, and signed “Raymond A. Manzarek,” “John Densmore,” and “Robert A. Krieger,” at the bottom of their respective application. All four are triple-cloth-matted and framed with a group portrait and a small plaque to an overall size of 36.5 x 31. In fine condition.

Having recorded their first album at the end of August 1966, it became necessary for the band to join the organization, to protect their musical rights when the album would be released in January of 1967. Joining the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, who were also members, these applications allowed the band to receive royalties from the performances of their songs. The band’s first televion performance occurred in late 1966 or early 1967 on the Los Angeles television show, Boss City, and later on Shebang, performing ‘Break On Through.’ These applications, each filled out by the band members, represent one of the earliest, and arguably one of the most important, collection of Doors items available. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on February 18, 2014 in The Doors


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