New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1989. Second printing. Extraordinary presentation copy signed and inscribed by the ex Doors manager and Jim Morrison confidant Danny Sugerman to film director Oliver Stone, who went on to make his own annotations and markings as preparation for his 1991 film The Doors. Original white publisher's binding with gilt to spine. Some minor soiling and toning to boards near spine. In the original bright yellow, pink, and orange dust jacket with only the most trivial wear to the crown of spine and corners, and some rubbing to the rear panel. In all, an exceptional association linking this copy both to the Doors and the director who immortalized their story on film.
"Here, Sugerman reconstructs his glamorous and desperate life--shadowed, inspired, and nearly doomed by his friendship with rockstar Jim Morrison, leader of the Doors...Morrison was a magical mentor to Danny, a poet-philosopher in the dark lineage of Byron and Rimbaud. Morrison gave Danny the dangerous idea that, in order to grow, brave men tempt death...A cocky, fluent, scary tale of the reckless life, at once an insider's tale of the rock scene, and a story of recovery" (contemporary review, Morrow). Wonderland Avenue became not just a tell-all memoir in its own right, but the basis for an unforgettable film. And the present copy, inscribed by Sugerman to Oliver Stone, was specifically used in Stone's research for the movie starring Val Kilmer. Throughout the pages, Stone leaves underlinings, blockings, and heavy annotations that reveal the process the book underwent in adaptation. An exceptional piece of pop culture. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #2720)