Primary Wave Music has acquired an exhaustive list of rights to The Doors’ catalog of releases, master recordings, trademarks, merchandising opportunities and even revenue, in what the indie label has called a “monumental acquisition”.

As reported by Rolling stones, the acquisition only covers rights previously owned by guitarist Robby Krieger and the estate of late keyboard player Ray Manzarek. Those owed to late frontman Jim Morrison and drummer John Densmore were not included in the sale. To that end, Primary Wave has yet to disclose how much they paid for the aforementioned rights.

In a statement, Krieger welcomed the acquisition. “After 58 years, and the most magical of times, I have decided to sell my share of The Doors to Primary Wave,” he said. “This will enable me to help the many charities I’ve been involved with and some new ones too. I know Primary Wave cares about music, art and helping heritage to even greater levels.

“Our longtime Doors manager Jeff Jampol will still protect our legacy in partnership with Primary Wave, so I’m comfortable and excited about the future of The Doors.”

Manzarek’s interests also seem to be taken into account, as his widow Dorothy said in a statement of her own: “Ray and I spent a lot of time discussing the future of The Doors’ legacy and how to handle things after he leaves this plane. . Our family has worked patiently to find the right partners to continue Ray’s lifelong efforts to protect and promote his art, and now we are pleased to have finally reached an agreement with Primary Wave.

“Under the continued guidance of our manager, Jeff Jampol, Primary Wave will be the right partners in this effort to build future generations of new Doors fans.”

In 2021, Krieger published a memoir covering his time in The Doors, titled Set the Night on Fire: Living, Dying and Playing Guitar with the Doors. As the synopsis boasts, the effort features “never-before-told stories from The Doors’ vital years,” as well as a unique first-hand perspective of the band’s most iconic moments.

The Doors were initially active from 1965 to 1973 (two years after Morrison’s death in 1971), with a one-off reunion taking place in 1978. They released six albums with Morrison in the lead, and two more after he passed (both with other vocalists) . In 1978 they also released ‘An American Prayer’, an album of original music soundtracked by archival poetry by Morrison.

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