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Love Him Madly: An Intimate Memoir of Jim Morrison Paperback – June 1, 2013
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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
“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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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.
"Love Him Madly" is an updated version, better written, minus any mention of her participation in the Doors film (too bad, since I enjoyed reading about her experience with Stone and Kilmer). Both books take you inside the mind of an LSD-addled teenager who hero-worshiped Jim Morrison. 99% of the time Judy would run to Jim when he called (going to some ridiculous lengths!), and always let him in when he came knocking. The book is brutally honest, no sugar-coating whatsoever. Judy makes no bones about her desperate behavior in pursuing Jim, some abuse that followed, and her willingness to continue seeing him over a four year period. The book is sometimes funny, usually depressing, and always believable. Hind-site is 20/20, and Judy has that in spades, occasionally poking fun at her teenage self. The book does focus on the author's and Jim's dark sides more often than not. But, thankfully, Judy also witnessed Jim's playful side.
I always wondered what happened to Judy. I'm glad her journey lead to her teaching at Uni, and not back in the mental hospital!
Doors fans and those curious about what a relationship with an iconic rock star might be like would enjoy reading this book.
I enjoyed reading about LA back in the late 60s and early 70s. Having lived in California for a while at that time and now often visiting family, LA is my 2nd home!
Thank you, Judy, for a wonderful and honest memoir.
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I am amazed at Ms. Huddleston's 110% recall despite all of these events occurring many, many years ago and despite of the boozing...Read more