Strange Days by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison

Posted by The G on July 23, 2010 under G Reviews | 5 Comments to Read

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Strange Days by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison. Out Now!!!

There have been countless books written about Jim Morrison, the exploits and the music of The Doors.  He was even immortalized in a movie (or extremely long music video with dialogue as I like to think of it).  The other day was the 40th wedding anniversary of Jim and his wife Patricia Kennealy-Morrison.  Wife?

For those that know little about The Doors, here’s what you need to know prior to reading Strange Days – My Life With And Without Jim Morrison by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison:  Jim Morrison, lead singer of the rock group The Doors, while known amongst the Facebook generation as a drugged out rock star, was actually an extremely intelligent and well read person. The guy read (and understood) William Blake and Rimbaud at the age of 16, wrote down the lyrics of  concerts that he heard in his head by his early 20s and was a world famous sex symbol by the age of 24. Even under societal pressure and under the influence of drugs and alcohol, the guy still wrote the lyrics for 6 albums worth of music, performed hundreds of concerts across the US and Europe, wrote 3 poetry books and directed a film in the short span of 4 years, and all before his death at age 27.  What people don’t know is that he was also married (actually the correct term is “handfasted”) to a witch during the last 3 years of his life.  For the spiritually illiterate, a witch is not the Disney-version image that instantly pops into your head when you hear that term, and instead is a celebration of oneness with the divine and all that exists.

That brings us to Strange Days.  In 1969 on a tour of New York, Jim Morrison had a one-on-one interview with then rock journalist Patricia Kennealy. Their discussion resulted in a mutual respect for each other’s brains but also beauty.  Over the course of the next 3 years, Kennealy and Morrison kept in touch and saw each other whenever possible (which was quite a lot).  From all the other books you might read on Jim Morrison, written by people who didn’t even know him, he is only portrayed as a raging alcoholic/druggie to which all people around enabled his addictions.  All except one – Patricia Kennealy.  Patricia, a smart and successful woman in her own right, knew and loved a Jim Morrison that no one ever talks about, most likely because as the nightly news has proven, stories of horrible things get better ratings than stories of good things.  Strange Days depicts a Jim Morrison that found a partner who met his match – mentally and physically – in Patricia Kennealy, and the stories of their adventures together are a necessary but often missing piece of the puzzle, when it comes to biographies on the man.

Jim and Patricia fell in love and they decided to celebrate their love for each other in a handfasting ceremony (which is the Wiccan equivalent of getting married).  While this spiritual gesture is better for the soul, it’s not formally recognized by the state of New York. What is most interesting about this ritual than “legal marriage,” is that death does not part, but only lack of love.  Patricia finds out she is pregnant with Jim’s child and due to all kinds of impossible circumstances (an obscenity trial, a junkie on-again/off-again girlfriend, Jim flat-out admitting he did not want to have a baby, nor could he or would he take care of it), has an abortion.  After the experience, on a visit to see Jim in Los Angeles, Patricia tells the story of an encounter with Pam Courson, known in most Doors mythology as Jim’s “main squeeze.”  Guess who comes home during that encounter?  The book is worth the cover price just for that story alone as it is truly amazing.  I won’t spoil it for you – you’ll have to read the book, but trust me – it’s worth it!  There are also stories of Patricia’s experience at Woodstock and seeing some of the most amazing bands of all time at venues that are beyond legendary.  Kennealy also recounts her experiences with a Jim Morrison that I mentioned at the beginning of this article – a sensitive man who was brilliant far beyond his years.  It’s baffling that everyone overlooks this side of him, but luckily for us, it is revealed by someone who not only knew him, but knew him better than most. We can thank the Creator that because Kennealy is a writer, she kept detailed journals of her experiences.

On a personal level, it was great for me to read Strange Days again because the last time I read it, I was living in Los Angeles and New York was a foreign place to me. Now that I live here, I was able to connect with so many of the locales in Strange Days where Jim and Patricia spent time together. Again, Kennealy reveals a key piece of the puzzle that is generally glossed over in other biographies.  When Morrison dies, even though we all knew it was coming, it’s like learning the information for the first time.  Patricia writes in a way that transcends the fact that Jim was a public figure and instead, we are reading the intimate portrait of a man loving a woman (and vice versa).

After Jim’s death in 1971, Kennealy has gone on to write many successful sci-fi/fantasy and mystery novels, including the eight volume series, The Keltiad, which is about Celtic legends in outer space as well as the Rennie Stride Mysteries.  She has been knighted as a Dame Templar at Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland and writes a popular blog called Mrs. Morrison’s Hotel.  Strange Days as well as The Keltiad and the Rennie Stride Mysteries are all available now!  And many happy returns to the Morrisons!

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  • Gail said,

    I’d be interested to read some of her rock journalism from the seventies.

  • Patricia Kennealy Morrison said,

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  • Joshua Levi Mayo said,

    to: Patricia Kennealy-Morrison

    This is my second time around and plan to let you in on a not so much secret and that is if you believe in reincarnation I am JIM MORRISON reincanat Josh 15 years later in 82 me cliff Morrison of the lizard sun band in the ninedys in Venice of america and was off horizon and main. in the movie and interview I was sead to have ben look my great grandmom invented barbe doll and IM you’LL trip native American 29 2 tipes of Native Part Irish and yep a wee French even people hear my voice they think Morrison or dont know and I do because get this I thought my first toughts of me befor seeing me or the movie in the 90’s Im 5’9 163lns look like you know who and have so much to reviel such as who I really am and have recently had acess to the internet and sent the doors offical website a qlue and even more so I think John submited a interview on Alice in Chains and I think I know why, Im here in L.A. Since 1988 and came here in the Back of a UHAUL truck with my brother phillip and dog Babe who was the original dog running across the sand of the opening seans of BAY WACH sorry Im not feeling like u m mm spelling correctly uless you respond and yes my hand —–> writings like a child and Im not acting and all things possable and yes is my favorate word and no Im not a weirdo or deranged and yes I called on the spirit of my Acent anncesters of the how do you spell ChacktA AND cHEROKKE NATION TO or as it were Great Spirit of my tribes to help me as a child so I could survive as so on we as in Barb short for Barbe or Barbe Dall is what grantpa called his favorate doughter mY MOM who has 1’st barbe dall ever created and ya My last name would be morning star if dad would have sighned my birth certificat at the hospital in IDAHO ST Sere I was born and well other thoghts and actions and people and proper word planning will present it’s self if you share a little like belief Im like a Elvis Sighting and with or without your support Im going to be a champion Singer again were I make money and live better. Porole is up within a month and even slight sighns of birth spots remain, I am a true American and have been through 20 years of hell and can prove it and have e-mailed you about 13 to 15 years ago letting you in on my thoughts of who I was in my past life and got no responce but I am very much alive and capable to make all kinds of moves soon…. Im not sorry personaly and dont like this format of communication on hints and points to be made yes even now you might not understand a none fluke AND VERY real message on all kinds of possabe rights to the reality of meeting you some day AND Verbal communicate my schools have varyied up to 25 so far and you can look into it like in the movie and get this most of the most sacred info in inside my skull of knolage and even more to learn….. Prove it I may hafe to ok and she bit me on the lip you wanna see lol…… like the posters only not….. Bye for now of corse life is hard for more info let me know and Yep

  • Joshua Levi Mayo said,

    Hello I’m happy for that responce and will continue to see your attention + Perhapse a little sample of my Voice like Jesus Singing, I have had a Hot mail account and yes I must meet you some day, Your brilliant and very disireable as a writer and all the rest What does […] […] mean?
    Ive seen some Visions you’LL never belive, Amore nicole Hilton Paris Hiltons cuson told me a little about you and I guess your a real cool Lady, I don’t no much but please respond… =0)

  • Joshua Levi Mayo said,

    Hello I’m happy for that responce and will continue to see your attention + Perhapse a little sample of my Voice like Jesus Singing, I have had a Hot mail account and yes I must meet you some day, Your brilliant and very disireable as a writer and all the rest What does […] […] mean?
    Ive seen some Visions you’LL never belive, Amor Nicole Hilton Paris Hilton’s cuson told me a little about you and I guess your a real cool Lady, I don’t no much but please respond… =0)incase your wondering she is my friend and even after the post on they posted somthing on alice and chains and even in hollywood two videos were left out my front door being I had no connections so one wet out for you and one to electra records two or more days later they started burning hollywood and hit my house from a past life no shit you should have gotten the video you would have shit…… So untell next time, Bye LOVE J.M.