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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (June 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613747500
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613747506
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Morrison lived the life of the archetypal rock star to the hilt: sex, drugs, and rock and roll writ large. He enjoyed the company of plenty of women before dying, in 1971, at the age of 27. Huddleston was one of them. She was 17 when she fell in love with Morrison. The singer-songwriter told the smitten Huddleston that, because of his career, he couldn’t be a “real” boyfriend; he could only spend a few nights together with her every few weeks. Actually, he treated her more like a sex slave than a partner. Indeed, the portrait that emerges of Morrison is that of an immature, selfish, possessive, and sex-obsessed singer, who is surprisingly needy and easily hurt by the slightest criticism. (“Promise you’ll never say any more bad things to me,” he says to Huddleston at one point.) Huddleston writes about her four-year relationship (although the word relationship is used here generously) with the singer, and the psychedelic drug experiences that landed her in the hospital. A sad portrait of an unbalanced, often humiliating on-and-off love affair between a confused teenager and a rock icon. With a foreword by supergroupie and author Pamela Des Barres (Let’s Spend the Night Together, 2007). --June Sawyers

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“A poignant true story about a unique love affair, intimately told and wonderfully written, involving the legendary Jim Morrison.” —John Rechy, author of City of Night

“Judy Huddleston’s dreamy, provocative memoir is about the emptiness and desperation so many of us feel when we’re young. It’s about that universal desire for meaning, for the world to be more whole and colorful than it ever manages to be, and how Huddleston wrapped all that desire and hope into this one, equally troubled and desperate man: Jim Morrison.” —Kerry Cohen, author of Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity

“Jim Morrison’s life is well documented, but Love Him Madly delves into the profound personal cost of standing too close to such an incandescent and unpredictable flame. . . . Huddleston’s urgent and compelling prose plunge the reader inside the maelstrom of late-1960s L.A. and that beautiful, self-destructive genius.” —Sue William Silverman, author of Love Sick: One Woman’s Journey through Sexual Addiction

“Compelling reading. It was really difficult to put down this book as the story of fragile obsession unfolded.” —Pattie Boyd, author of Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me


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When she meets Him.... Jim Morrison!!!
Jenny Grauso
Loved Judy's well told story of a poignant and tumultuous awakening of her as a young woman.
Kathy Huberland
Thank you Judy for sharing your story "Love Him Madly".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Denise R. on August 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
The story begins just like many young girls' rock star fantasies do. Judy, a high-school senior, and soon-to-be art student, develops a fascination on a charismatic rock star. After a show one night, they finally talk and thus begins a long, off-and-on relationship with Jim Morrison.

But this is no fairy tale: though Judy and Jim had a mutual fascination with each other, their intermittent attempts at being together often hit a little off target for one or the other. Over the years, he gives just enough hope to fuel her continued obsession.

Love Him Madly offers plenty of insight into Jim Morrison. Here are the intimate details that only one who was close to him, who was there, can share. What was it like to be Jim's lover? Judy knows. There are wonderful details here, too, which bring late-1960s and early-1970s Los Angeles to life.

At its heart, though, Love Him Madly isn't really about Morrison, or the L.A. scene, but rather about Judy at a critical time in her life. It's about her growth as a young woman: her desire to love and be loved, youthful idealism and dreams, struggles with mental health, and drug use (sometimes with serious consequences). It's about her near-deification of a man, and how she hung all her romantic hopes on him and got something baser.

Those wishing to read a moving coming-of-age tale and fans of Jim Morrison alike will find Love Him Madly a very engaging, moving and thought-provoking read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jym Cherry on May 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
When the singer of a rock band steps into the spotlight, our imaginations are lit, men idolize and see the singer as a reflection of themselves and woman see themselves falling in love with him. So what happens when you cross the line from fantasy to reality? Judy Huddleston's new book Love Him Madly answers that question and it doesn't live up to the fantasy we all want it to be.

Love Him Madly counterpoints Huddlston's relationship with Jim Morrison and time she spent in 1974 in a mental health facility. Huddleston met Morrison early in The Doors career and soon became infatuated with him. She saw herself and Morrison getting married while Morrison seemed intent on using her and calling her at his convenience, at first. Love Him Madly shows an evolution, although it may not have been a healthy one, and their relationship did go beyond just Morrison's needs because Morrison wasn't above playing whatever card he thought would get her to let him in the door or get her into bed. Love Him Madly also shows the array of emotions, insecurities and fears that drove Morrison to call her.

It's obvious the two were looking for two different things from the relationship. Morrison more of the Rock `n' Roll love `em and leave `em, or a girl in every port mentality, while Huddleston was seeking true love on a romantic, idealistic model that would end in marriage and living happily ever after with Morrison, although every indicator pointed to that not happening.

Huddleston's prose has the stark beauty of Baudelaire's poetry, as she unravels some ugly truths. Or, it could be a chapter out of a John Rechy novel (who provided a blurb for the book), or ironically enough, from a Doors song.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Obremski on June 1, 2013
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I just finished reading Judy Huddleston's book on her life in the 60's and 70's and her tumultuous love affair with Jim Morrison. Sometimes so vivid and real it's painful to read. She obviously loved him very much. She paints a real picture of a man who's demons are well known but his good traits by and large have been long forgotten. It was
fascinating to learn of her struggle for her own identity in an era where women's identity's were still largely based on looks. Kudos to Judy for her realistic portrayal of this time period and of a man many still idolize-whether that's right or wrong she doesn't judge.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bev C on June 30, 2013
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Rated 5 stars

"Do you remember the rock star that lit your imagination with an endless stream of what ifs and I wonder......
That cloud of infatuation could fill all life's vacuums and bridge any chasm in your young life.
But the lights did come up and fantasy dissolved into the reality of the moment.

So what happens if you cross the line from fantasy to reality?
Judy Huddleston did, with the mercurial Jim Morrison.
LOVE HIM MADLY sheds light into what a relationship with icon Jim Morrison was actually like.

Her story is told with no frills honesty.
Thank you!
It's poignant, provocative, intimate, fragile....
The writing is vivid and often explicit.
Based on Judy Huddleston's journals we've a sketch that will elicit every emotion from the reader.
I guarantee that.....

As another reviewer noted: with the voice of a rebellious teenager with tortured devotion,
"It's a tale of sex, obsession, misplaced spirituality, and an unforgettable fall from innocence."

Sue William Silverman says:
"Jim Morrison's life is well documented but LOVE HIM MADLY delves into the profound personal cost
of standing too close to such an incandescent and unpredictable flame."
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I can't begin to portray the intensity of Judy's story.
I just don't have the words.
You'll experience that intensity in your reading.

4.5 ★
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