GRAHAM NASH: Why He Is Selling Morrison's Book
A notebook from Jim Morrison's final days in Paris, now owned by Graham Nash, goes up for auction today (Wednesday) in Calabasas Hills, California.
The diary, in a hardcover marble notebook, has never been published or seen publicly. It contains more than 100 pages of poems, philosophy and musings Morrison wrote over the few months before his death in July 1971. It was given to Nash by Bill Siddons, who managed both CSN and The Doors, and claimed Morrison's body in Paris.
We asked Nash why he was selling it, and he told us, "I'm really trying to simplify my life. I want to divest myself of the fascinating objects that I collected during my life." Asked what he found to be most fascinating about the book, he said, "Morrison's take on French poet Jean Cocteau and the movie Andalusian Dog. Vision and memory are a wonderful insight to just how smart Jim was. Reading the inside of someone's brain like this is opening a door on the private world of Jim Morrison. What an interesting journey."
The book is estimated to sell for between $200,000 and $300,000.
Other notable items in the auction -- run by the Profiles in History auction house -- are a collection of handwritten song lyrics. They include Robert Plant's for Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," Roger Waters's for Pink Floyd's The Wall, Morrison's for The Doors' "Riders on the Storm" and Bob Dylan's for "I Want You."