The Rock and Roll Emporium Celebrates the 40th Anniversary Memorial of Jim Morrison Starting July 3, 2011

Huntington Beach, CA, June 25, 2011 --( The Rock and Roll Emporium is celebrating the life and art of Jim Morrison starting on the 40th anniversary of his death with a memorial event featuring an extensive exhibit of rare artifacts spanning Morrison’s entire career as a poet, artist and musician. The celebration starts Sunday July 3rd 2011 at The Rock and Roll Emporium 205 Main Street in Huntington Beach, CA 92648.

“With 2011 being the 40th anniversary of the death of Jim Morrison, we wanted to host a memorial celebration of his music, life and legacy,” said Andrew Kirby, managing partner of The Rock and Roll Emporium. “We’ve gathered artifacts from the very beginning of his career as a film student to hand-written poems including one of the first songs he wrote while living on a rooftop in Venice Beach, to a collection of more than 400 rare historic photographs. This is a great chance to own a piece of history from one of the most notable and iconic bands to come out of Southern California.”

Some of the key artifacts for sale in the exhibit are: the Original Bail Bond sheet signed by The Doors' lead singer, "James Douglas Morrison" from his arrest on suspicion of indecent exposure during a concert at Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami's Coconut Grove section in 1969; rare photographs by Ron, Raffaelli, Henry Diltz and Joel Brodsky; rare concert posters, gold records, autographed items, original tribute artwork; and original poetry written in Jim Morrison’s hand including the lyrics to the song "Moonlight Drive" from The Doors' second album called "Strange Days" which was released in October 1967.

The Celebration starts July 3rd with the unveiling of the Moonlight Drive Lyrics and continues with a candle lighting at Surf City Nights Tuesday July 5th. The RARE Gallery is also planning an appearance by noted photographer and close friend of Morrison, Frank Lisciandro in the Fall, date to be announced.

The Rock and Roll Emporium is a leading resource for Rock and Roll Memorabilia, Guitars and Gifts and is a major attraction Orange County, CA. The Gallery has collected vintage guitars, authentic autographed guitars; drum heads, photos, collectibles and rock 'n' roll-inspired apparel and accessories from many of the best-known and respected artists in the world.

For more information on the event, call 714-960-4040.

The Rock and Roll Emporium
Kate Kirby