March 4, 1946
New York City, U.S.
|Died||July 21, 2021 (aged 75)|
New York City, U.S.
(m. 1969; died 1971)
Patricia Kennealy-Morrison (born Patricia Kennely; March 4, 1946 – July 21, 2021) was an American author and journalist. Her published works include rock criticism, a memoir, and two series of science fiction/fantasy and murder mystery novels. Her books are evenly divided between the series The Keltiad and The Rock&Roll Murders: The Rennie Stride Mysteries.
As first a writer and then the editor-in-chief of Jazz & Pop magazine in the late 1960s, she was one of the first women rock critics. Kennealy-Morrison worked as an advertising copywriter, receiving two Clio nominations. She was a Dame of the Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani, a High Priestess in a Celtic Pagan tradition and a member of Mensa.
Life and career
Kennealy-Morrison was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 4, 1946, the daughter of Genevieve Mary (McDonald) and Joseph Gerard Kennely, and reared on Long Island in the hamlet of North Babylon.
She attended St. Bonaventure University for two years, majoring in journalism. She later transferred to Harpur College (now Binghamton University), where she graduated with a B.A. in English Literature in 1967. She also studied at NYU, Parsons School of Design, and Christ Church, University of Oxford.
After her college graduation at age 21, she moved to New York City, where she worked first as a lexicographer for Macmillan Publishing, then as an editorial assistant, and, from 1968 to 1971, editor-in-chief of Jazz & Pop magazine. She was one of the first female rock critics.
As editor-in-chief of Jazz & Pop she first interviewed Jim Morrison of the rock band the Doors in January 1969. After the interview, they began a correspondence, became friends and later lovers. She and Morrison exchanged vows in a Celtic handfasting ceremony in June 1970. Before witnesses, the couple signed a document declaring themselves wed. The relationship continued to be long-distance, which she said suited them both just fine. As temperamental artists with their own careers, living together for more than short periods of time may have been too much for either to handle. She preferred a non-traditional arrangement to "domesticity" and had no desire to "wash [Jim's] socks". Morrison could be very difficult, at times loving and gentle, then suddenly brutal, or cold and distant. By the time Morrison was on trial in Miami, potentially facing a long sentence of hard labor, his at times erratic and even cruel behaviour led her to speculate that maybe he hadn't taken the wedding as seriously as he'd led her to believe. But then Morrison would change his tune yet again and profess his love and desire for domesticity, claiming he was planning on returning to her, and to the Doors, in the fall. Kennealy-Morrison was skeptical by this point, as he was known to vacillate like this in his other relationships, as well. Jim Morrison's sudden death at 27 would mean a lack of closure not only for her, but for the many people in his life.
Kennealy-Morrison served as an advisor on Oliver Stone's 1991 movie The Doors, and played a small role in the film as the High Priestess who marries the Jim and Patricia characters (portrayed by Val Kilmer and Kathleen Quinlan). However, in subsequent interviews and writings, she was scathingly critical of Stone's portrayal of Morrison, herself, and other people who were the basis for the film's fictional characters, saying Stone's fiction bore little to no resemblance to the people she had known or the events they lived through; Stone admitted that the character named after her was a composite of several of Morrison's girlfriends and regretted not giving her a fictional name. In the film her character is referred to as a "Wicca Priestess", but Kennealy-Morrison identified as a Celtic Pagan, not a Wiccan.
Kennealy-Morrison has gone on record that she published her memoir Strange Days: My Life With and Without Jim Morrison as a reaction and rejoinder to Stone's movie, among other reasons.
In 2000, Robin Ventura, third baseman for the pennant-winning New York Mets, took the phrase "Mojo Risin" from the Doors' "L.A. Woman" and made it the rallying cry for the team that year. Ventura and the Mets invited Kennealy-Morrison to a game just before the playoffs, where she met with them and became a Mets fan. She died at the age of 75 on July 21, 2021.
The author's legal name was "Patricia Kennealy Morrison". As a rock critic and editor, she initially published under her birth name, "Patricia Kennely", and later "Patricia Kennealy" (both are pronounced the same; she changed the spelling to be closer to the pronunciation). From 1994 to 2007 her books were published as "Patricia Kennealy-Morrison", with the hyphen. Ungrateful Dead and the subsequent Rennie Stride novels were her first books to be published as simply "Patricia Morrison". The author had said that she wished to make a distinction between her Celtic fantasy novels and the murder mysteries, so decided to use different versions of her name rather than an invented pen name.
Lizard Queen Press, the Rennie Stride Mysteries and more recent work
Following a 1999 split with her publisher HarperCollins, on May 19, 2007, Kennealy-Morrison announced via her blog that she planned to start her own publishing house, Lizard Queen Press, and to self-publish novels and non-fiction. The next Keltiad novel was to be The Beltane Queen, but she turned to mystery writing instead.
The first book to carry the Lizard Queen Press imprint is Ungrateful Dead: Murder at the Fillmore, published in 2007, first in the Rennie Stride series, which to date consists of six published books, all released on Lizard Queen Press. Additionally on LQP are Rock Chick: A Girl and Her Music (2013), a collection of PKM's writings originally published in Jazz & Pop magazine, Tales of Spiral Castle: Stories of the Keltiad (August 2014), a short-story collection set in her Keltiad world, and the forthcoming Son of the Northern Star, a fictional account of the great conflict between the Viking king Guthrum and Alfred the Great.
Ungrateful Dead: Murder at the Fillmore is the first in a series of murder mysteries set in the turbulent world of 1960s rock & roll. Ungrateful Dead introduces the protagonist, Rennie Stride, rock reporter/detective, and her boyfriend (later husband) Turk Wayland, superstar English lead guitarist. Kennealy-Morrison has described the series as:
Seamlessly blending the fictional with the real: the stars, the bands, the music, all the excitement of the most incredible decade of the last century ... Full of rockworld dish and attitude, created by someone who was not only there for it but made some of it happen herself, and who took just enough drugs to get into it and not so many that she can't remember it ...
Ungrateful Dead was published on November 1, 2007, to coincide with both the Day of the Dead and The Celtic New Year. Further novels in the Rennie Stride series are California Screamin': Murder at Monterey Pop (May 2009), Love Him Madly: Murder at the Whisky (March 2010), A Hard Slay's Night: Murder at the Royal Albert Hall (January 2011), Go Ask Malice: Murder at Woodstock (November 2012), and Scareway to Heaven: Murder at the Fillmore East (December 2014). The most recent in the series is Daydream Bereaver: Murder on the Good Ship Rock&Roll (published March 2016).
- Blackmantle: A Triumph (1997)
- Tales of Spiral Castle: Stories of the Keltiad (2014) short stories
Tales of Aeron
- The Copper Crown (1984)
- The Throne of Scone (1986)
- The Silver Branch (1988)
Tales of Arthur
- The Hawk's Gray Feather (1990)
- The Oak Above the Kings (1994)
- The Hedge of Mist (1996)
Colloquies of the Ancients
- The Deer's Cry (1998)
The Rennie Stride Mysteries
The Rock & Roll Murders
- Ungrateful Dead: Murder at the Fillmore (2007)
- California Screamin': Murder at Monterey Pop (2009)
- Love Him Madly: Murder at the Whisky (2010)
- A Hard Slay's Night: Murder at the Royal Albert Hall (2011)
- Go Ask Malice: Murder at Woodstock (2012)
- Scareway to Heaven: Murder at the Fillmore East (2014)
- Daydream Bereaver: Murder on the Good Ship Rock&Roll (2016)
- Strange Days: My Life With and Without Jim Morrison (1992)
- Rock Chick: A Girl and Her Music (2013)
- Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop, and Rap, eds. Evelyn McDonnell and Ann Powers (1995), "Rock Around the Cock". ISBN 0-385-31250-4. pp. 358–363.
- The Faces of Fantasy: Photographs by Patti Perret, intro. by Terri Windling, ISBN 0-312-86182-6
- Crusade of Fire: Mystical Tales of the Knights Templar, ed. Katherine Kurtz (2002), "The Last Voyage". ISBN 0-446-61090-9
- McDonnell, Evelyn (August 4, 2021). "Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, rock journalist, author and partner of Jim Morrison, dies at 75". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on August 4, 2021. Retrieved August 4, 2021. Alt URL
- Kennealy, Patricia (1998) Blackmantle – A Book of The Keltiad. New York, HarperPrism ISBN 0-06-105610-3
- Kennealy, Patricia (1992). Strange Days: My Life With And Without Jim Morrison. New York: Dutton/Penguin. ISBN 0-525-93419-7.
- "Kennealy-Morrison, Patricia 1946– | Encyclopedia.com".
- McDonnell, Evelyn; Powers, Ann (1995). Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop, and Rap. p. Introduction. ISBN 0-385-31250-4.
- Riordan, James; Prochnicky, Jerry (1991). Break on through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison. New York: HarperCollins. pp. 382–384. ISBN 0-688-11915-8.
- Hopkins, Jerry; Sugerman, Danny (1980). No One Here Gets Out Alive. Plexus. ISBN 0-85965-138-X.
- Kennealy, Patricia (1992). Strange Days: My Life With And Without Jim Morrison. New York: Dutton/Penguin. p. 63. ISBN 0-525-93419-7.
- Kennealy, Patricia (1992). Strange Days: My Life With And Without Jim Morrison. New York: Dutton/Penguin. pp. photos plate 7. ISBN 0-525-93419-7.
- Riordan, James; Prochnicky, Jerry (1991). Break on through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison. New York: HarperCollins. p. 384. ISBN 0-688-11915-8.
- Riordan, James; Prochnicky, Jerry (1991). Break on through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison. New York: HarperCollins. pp. 95, 381. ISBN 0-688-11915-8.
- Burks, John (December 10, 2010). "Jim Morrison's Indecency Arrest: Rolling Stone's Original Coverage". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 19, 2017.
[He] became the object of six arrest warrants, including one for a felony charge of "Lewd and lascivious behavior in public by exposing his private parts and by simulating masturbation and oral copulation."
The five other warrants are for misdemeanor charges on two counts of indecent exposure, two counts of open public profanity and one of public drunkenness.
- Victoria Balfour (January 1987). Rock wives: the hard lives and good times of the wives, girlfriends, and groupies of rock and roll. Beech Tree Books p.149. ISBN 978-0-688-06966-7.
- Kennealy, Patricia (1992). Strange Days: My Life With And Without Jim Morrison. New York: Dutton/Penguin. pp. 188. ISBN 0-525-93419-7. The author notes the pregnancy was not her choice.
- Riordan, James; Prochnicky, Jerry (1991). Break on through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison. New York: HarperCollins. pp. 447, 448. ISBN 0-688-11915-8.
- Kennealy, Patricia (1992). Strange Days: My Life With And Without Jim Morrison. New York: Dutton/Penguin. pp. 315. ISBN 0-525-93419-7.
- Riordan, James; Prochnicky, Jerry (1991). "11 – Stoned Immaculate". Break on through: The Life and Death of Jim Morrison. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-688-11915-8.
- Kiselyak, Charles (1997). The Road of Excess (documentary).
- Kennealy (1992) pp. 378–381, 416–420.
- Berardino, Mike. (September 7, 2002) "Mets have only themselves to blame after trading Ventura Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine" in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Access date June 8, 2007
- Kennealy-Morrison, Patricia (May 19, 2007) "Return to Keltia and Other Places" (accessed May 21, 2007)
- Kennealy-Morrison, Patricia (June 21, 2007) Blog post: "Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead – The Rennie Stride Mysteries" (accessed July 3, 2007)
- Mrs Morrison's Hotel – Patricia Kennealy-Morrison's official blog
- lizardqueen.com – Archive of Patricia Kennealy-Morrison's official website
- Patricia Kennealy Morrison's LiveJournal
- Patricia Kennealy-Morrison at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Patricia Kennealy-Morrison at IMDb
- An interview with Patricia Kennealy-Morrison about the 1991 film The Doors
- Interview with Patricia Kennealy-Morrison in Taliesin's Successors: Interviews with Authors of Modern Arthurian Literature
- "Author's Dragon*Con biography". Archived from the original on July 8, 2007. Retrieved July 6, 2007. (accessed June 6, 2008)
- Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, Pioneering Rock Journalist, Fantasy Novelist and Partner to Jim Morrison, Dies at 75 – includes remembrances from family and friends