The real life price of dating a rock star: interview with author Judy Huddleston

Love Him Madly: An Intimate Memoir of Jim Morrison
Love Him Madly: An Intimate Memoir of Jim Morrison

As a young Californian teen in the 1960s, Judy Huddleston met Jim Morrison backstage at a concert. Not a groupie and yet not quite an official girlfriend, their intermittent relationship lasted for four years till his death. Willing to risk it all for her idol, this grey area intimacy took her to the brink of self-destruction and threatened her very identity and sanity.

Judy first wrote about her experiences in the 1991 book This is the End… My Only Friend: Living and Dying with Jim Morrison but the book was only available for a short time before the publisher went bankrupt. Recently released Love Him Madly: An Intimate Memoir of Jim Morrison is an updated and expanded version.

Judy’s beautifully written coming-of-age story about her sexual relationship with Jim Morrison of the Doors is a compelling example of personal meets political in pop culture and media. Readers of her book will not only see a more developed and nuanced portrayal of Morrison but also what the sexually free 1960s were really like for a teenage girl raised on 1950s romantic ideals.

In our interview conducted through email we discuss how emotional vulnerability affects identity and gender beliefs, surviving the death of ideals and ultimately breaking free from power imbalanced obsessive relationships. More than just exposing what Morrison was like behind scenes, it is Ms. Huddlestons’ deepest desire to reach other woman who might find themselves powerless and offer the hard won insight she finally achieved.

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