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Primary Wave Acquires Music/Publishing Rights from The Doors’ Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek

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The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and the estate of late keyboardist Ray Manzarek have struck a deal with Primary Wave regarding their publishing rights, it was reported by Variety recently.

Terms of the arrangement were not made public, though a Variety source is quoted in the report as saying those terms are “big.”

Among other assets, the deal “includes their interests in the group’s music publishing catalog, recordings, trademarks, and merchandise rights and income,” but does not include the rights of other Doors members John Densmore, nor the estate of Jim Morrison.

Some prepared statements, as included in Variety‘s report:

“After 58 years, and the most magical of times, I’ve decided to sell my share of The Doors to Primary Wave,” said Robby. “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 about helping legacies go to even bigger levels. Our longtime Doors manager Jeff Jampol will still be protecting our legacy in partnership with Primary Wave, so I’m comfortable and happy with the future of The Doors.”

“Ray and I spent a lot of time discussing the future of The Doors’ legacy, and how to handle things after he departed this plane,” said Dorothy Manzarek. She continued, “Our family has worked patiently to find the right partners to continue Ray’s lifelong efforts in protecting and promoting his art, and now we are happy to have finally come to an agreement with Primary Wave. Under the continued guidance of our manager, Jeff Jampol, Primary Wave will be the right partners in this endeavor to build future generations of new Doors fans.”

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