Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, who wrote about rock when music journalists have been simply starting to take it significantly, and thru her work met Jim Morrison, frontman of the Doors, with whom she stated she had a wedding of kinds, died on July 23. She was 75.
Her dying was introduced on the Facebook web page of Lizard Queen Press, a publishing enterprise that she based and that revealed her latest books. The announcement didn’t give a trigger or say the place she died.
In the late 1960s, initially as Patricia Kennely (she later modified the spelling of her final identify and, in 1979, added “Morrison”), she was a author for after which editor of Jazz & Pop, a small however well-regarded journal. She interviewed Morrison in 1969, and once they shook fingers there was “a visible shower of bright blue sparks flying in all directions,” she wrote in a 1992 memoir, “Strange Days: My Life With and Without Jim Morrison.” They quickly turned romantically concerned.
Ms. Kennealy-Morrison practiced Celtic paganism; on her Facebook web page she described herself as “Author, ex-rock critic, Dame Templar, Celtic witch, ex-go-go dancer, Lizard Queen. Not in that order.” (“Lizard Queen” was a reference to a line from a Jim Morrison poem, wherein he wrote, “I am the Lizard King.”) In 1970 she and Morrison exchanged vows in a “handfasting ceremony” that concerned drops of their very own blood.
She stated her e book “Strange Days” (additionally the title of the Doors’ second album, from 1967) was a response to the 1991 film “The Doors.” Oliver Stone, who directed the movie, had consulted her on it, and he or she even performed the Wicca priestess who presides over the handfasting. (Val Kilmer performed Morrison; Kathleen Quinlan performed Ms. Kennealy-Morrison.) But she stated she was outraged by the movie when she noticed it at a screening, feeling that it trivialized the ceremony, didn’t give sufficient prominence to her relationship with Morrison, and misrepresented him.
“If Oliver had been at that screening, we would never have had to worry about his movie ‘JFK,’” she informed The Daily Mail of London in 1992, referring to Mr. Stone’s subsequent movie. “I would have killed him.”
Critics stated the e book was simply an try to realize consideration and usurp the place within the Morrison mythos of Pamela Courson, one other of his love pursuits, who known as herself his common-law spouse. Morrison died in 1971 in Paris at 27; Ms. Courson, who was with him at the time, died a couple of years later, additionally at 27. Drugs have been suspected in each deaths.
In her e book, Ms. Kennealy-Morrison blamed Ms. Courson for Morrison’s dying, in a tub in his residence. “She fed heroin to the man she claimed to love, leaving him dying while she nodded out,” she wrote.
In late October 2010, on the eve of Samhain, a Celtic spiritual competition that impressed Halloween, Ms. Kennealy-Morrison spoke to The Daily News in New York about her plans for marking the event.
“I will place a light in the window to guide the souls in the night,” she stated. “I will have food, pork and apples in Celtic tradition for the ancestors from the other world. I will talk to my beloved dead, including my father and grandmother. It will be a joyful and deeply holy occasion. Jim usually shows up. And when he does, I will celebrate Samhain, the new Celtic year, with my husband.”
Patricia Kennely was born on March four, 1946, in Brooklyn and grew up on Long Island. In 1963 she enrolled at St. Bonaventure University, a Franciscan establishment in Allegany, N.Y., to review journalism. That’s the place she found the Celtic faith.
“They had an amazing library on the subject at St. Bonaventure’s, I guess operating on the principle of ‘Know thy enemy,’” she informed The Daily News.
She transferred to Harpur College in Binghamton, N.Y., after two years and earned an English diploma in 1967. While there she found the political activism that was brewing on campuses throughout the nation. She additionally found rock music, and one 1966 album particularly.
“It was called ‘Jefferson Airplane Takes Off,’” she wrote in “Rock Chick: A Girl and Her Music,” a 2013 compilation of her Jazz & Pop writings. “And so did I.”
While in school she earned extra cash as a go-go dancer at nightclubs.
“Scorning the white boots and pastel-microdress go-go-girl template that was prevalent across the land, I went Dark Side,” she wrote, “wearing a black leather-look fringed bikini, black fishnets and black knee-high boots.”
“I looked like Zorro’s kinky girlfriend,” she added.
After graduating, she landed a job as an editorial assistant at Crowell-Collier & Macmillan Publishing in Manhattan. She noticed the primary cowl of Jazz & Pop journal on a newsstand in 1967 (it had been based as Jazz journal in 1962 by Pauline Rivelli, who in 1967 broadened it into rock protection and renamed it) and started lobbying for a job there. She was employed as an editorial assistant in early 1968. By the top of that yr she had been named editor.
The journal was one in every of a number of that got here alongside about the identical time that took the music extra significantly than the fanzines of the period. (Rolling Stone was based in 1967.)
Ms. Kennealy-Morrison’s items set the tone for Jazz & Pop. In the April 1970 concern, she wrote concerning the affect that religions of varied varieties have been having on music. She thought, for example, that the band Coven was invoking black magic in harmful methods. “Black magic is NOT merely an interesting new wrinkle for the PR crowd to play with, or a hot new ad copy slant,” she cautioned.
Three months later she blasted rock followers as not being selective sufficient and never making use of their intellects to what they have been listening to.
“How many excruciating guitar solos, how many organ solos that were so boring your legs started to hurt, how many meaningless vocal improvisations, have we all sat through?” she wrote. “And at the conclusions of all of these various monuments to rock ego, how many standing ovations have we bestowed?”
Steve Hochman, a music journalist who was additionally a pal, wrote of her affect in a Facebook post noting her death.
“As a writer and editor of Jazz & Pop magazine,” he wrote, “she helped establish the then-embryonic realm at a time when few thought of pop music as worthy of such critical attention.”
Jazz & Pop went out of business in 1971.
Ms. Kennealy-Morrison’s survivors include two brothers, Kevin and Timothy Kennely. A sister, Regina Kennely, died in March.
Beginning in the mid-1980s, Ms. Kennealy-Morrison wrote a series of fantasy novels, collectively known as “The Keltiad,” which drew on Celtic legends and mythology. More recently, under the name Patricia Morrison, she wrote mysteries with musical themes, drawing on her time in the rock world. Among the titles are “Scareway to Heaven: Murder at the Fillmore East” and “Daydream Bereaver: Murder on the Good Ship Rock & Roll.”