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Love Him Madly: An Intimate Memoir of Jim Morrison

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It was 1967. Judy Huddleston?s parents had just gotten divorced, and she spent her last year of high school attending Doors concerts. Transformed from a perceptive child into a rebellious teenager bent on attracting boys and fueled by psychedelics, she had lost her sense of self.

Then Jim Morrison came into her life.

Love Him Madly chronicles Judy?s four-year relationship with the singer. Honest and funny, written in the idealistic but jaded ...

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Overview

It was 1967. Judy Huddleston’s parents had just gotten divorced, and she spent her last year of high school attending Doors concerts. Transformed from a perceptive child into a rebellious teenager bent on attracting boys and fueled by psychedelics, she had lost her sense of self.

Then Jim Morrison came into her life.

Love Him Madly chronicles Judy’s four-year relationship with the singer. Honest and funny, written in the idealistic but jaded voice of a teenager, this intensely intimate memoir is a cautionary tale about sex, codependence, and misplaced spirituality. It also provides a direct and unprecedented view of a late-1960s Los Angeles subculture, an emotional portrayal of a sexual relationship with a man whose demons haunted everyone he knew, and a vivid portrait of Jim Morrison as a complex human being. A balanced portrait of an unbalanced relationship, Love Him Madly is an intense, moving, and poetic journey through one teenage girl’s unforgettable fall from innocence.

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Editorial Reviews

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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

Kirkus Reviews
A memoir of a tempestuous affair between a young art student and a tortured rock god. Huddleston (Creative Writing and Integrated Arts/California State Univ., Monterey Bay; This Is the End, My Only Friend: Living and Dying with Jim Morrison, 1991) returns to the subject of her first book: her intimate relationship with the Doors' singer and leader. The perspective of 40 years since Morrison's death has stripped the author of some of her delusions of youth. Still, apparently relying on diaries from the era, she captures the fresh confusion of emotions she felt each time her path crossed his during their four-year relationship. As an 18-year-old, she harbored the very square fantasy of marrying her lover/idol, a fantasy she knew to keep to herself; she knew he had a longtime relationship with Pamela Courson (whom she identifies only as "Pam" in the book). Huddleston eventually learned that her own relationship with Morrison was in fact far from unique and meant nowhere near as much to him as it did to her. If there's an added value to the book for Doors fans, it may lie in the author's vivid portrait of the mercurial Morrison, whose persona could metamorphose from that of a vulnerable little boy to a sexual sadist in a matter of seconds. Readers will catch on fairly quickly that Morrison was never interested in Huddleston as much more than a sexual partner. From her first intimate encounter with him (which ended in a brutal anal rape) to the last some months before his death in Paris in 1970, she doesn't get any closer to answering the question of who Morrison really was or why he was so psychically wounded. Best read as an antidote to the usual Morrison hagiographies by adoring critics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613747506
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 226,384
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Judy Huddleston teaches writing and integrated arts at California State University–Monterey Bay. She is the author of This Is the End, My Only Friend and has been published in many literary journals, including NANO Fiction, New South, the Los Angeles Review, and Wordriot.
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  • Posted July 2, 2013

    Love Him Madly Do you remember the rock star that lit your imagi

    Love Him Madly
    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 stars

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