Patricia Kennealy’s Questionable “Memoir”

Strange Days, Patricia Kennealy’s memoir: Kennealy rewrites history and reality, admits she may have hallucinated her “wedding ceremony”, the book promises to be about Jim Morrison and yet Kennealy’s real focus seems to be Pamela Courson. 


Kathy Lisciandro: “I know that there were a lot of women that would be there for a weekend or even a day and then be gone.”

Frank Lisciandro: “And those seem to be the ones who write books, unfortunately.”

Interview excerpt from Jim Morrison: Friends Gathered Together (page 275-276), by Frank Lisciandro, a close friend of Jim Morrison’s


“In Kennealy’s account there is so much bitterness and rewriting of history, there is so much hate and bitterness in this book…”

– SatireKnight and their review of Kennealy’s Strange Days 


Stephen Davis, author of Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend, and his take on Patricia Kennealy’s…”memoir”:

page 367

“Patricia Kennely later changed the spelling of her name to ‘Kennealy’, and retold and elongated her story in her 1993 memoir Strange Days, which described in uncanny detail an alternative Jim Morrison that no one else who knew him was able to recognize. Her tone throughout the book is angry, venomous, secretive, and defensive. But she hedged about some of her bizarre claims by writing that she might have hallucinated the whole thing. She also wrote that she was high on marijuana, cocaine, and tranquilizers during the period in question.

Former Elektra employees who knew and worked with both Jim and Kennealy can only vouch for her being at certain places at certain times, and for her claiming she was pregnant by him. Over the years, Patricia Kennealy cleverly inserted herself into Jim Morrison’s saga via the media, first in No One Here Gets Out Alive, and then in Oliver Stone’s 1991 movie The Doors. ”

From ‘She Dances in a Ring of Fire’, Tumblr blog:

“Okay, so, I just finished reading Patricia Kennealy’s book. Here are a few varied thoughts:

*Patricia seems utterly obsessed with Pamela Courson. Courson’s name is mentioned (on average) at least every 3 pages.

*98% of this book feels like pure bullsh*t. Jim Morrison was a very heavy drinker (even dear old Patricia says this a few times), behavior that is known to cause, amongst other things, lethargy and impotency. Yet, according to Kennealy, her and Jim’s sex life (something that she discusses redundantly) was fabulous all the time, and that he never, ever faltered in that department. I really wish that I could list off the countless other resources that have remarked on Jim’s alcohol related impotency.. namely Pamela herself and Paul Rothchild.

*Kennealy she cannot seem to let go off how beautiful Pamela really was:

“Pamela Susan Courson, nine months younger than I, three years younger than Jim, is a staggeringly pretty woman.”

“By no means charmless, extremely pretty..”

“She was pretty, she was charming, and so on…”

“This must surely be the only alleged biopic [Kennealy’s reference to Oliver Stone’s film The Doors] ever made where the two real-life lead characters were far more beautiful than the two actors who portray them on the screen Though Val Kilmer and Meg Ryan are pretty enough, next to Jim and Pam they look like dull unattractive urchins with bad hair (wigs, but still).”

*The book is wholly self serving. I can’t find not one admitted flaw.

*Patricia takes as many pot shots as she can at other Doors insiders, as well as the surviving Doors, Jim and Pam’s families, and even his dog, Sage.

*Try as she may to discredit Pam’s intellect/worth as a human being, she does not dare deny Pamela’s importance to Jim, and even says the following: ‘I believe he loved Pamela as well as anyone, or could love anyone’.”


SatireKnight, Patricia Kennealy, FAQ 9:

“There is also a certain interview that Patricia Kennealy really, really wants people to forget.


That is an interview she gave for the book Rock Wives: The Hard Lives and Good Times of the Wives, Girlfriends, and Groupies of Rock and Roll, by Victoria Balfour.

“Patricia doesn’t know how seriously Jim took the ceremony, ‘probably not too seriously’, but to her, going through the ceremony was ‘like being validated the way I wanted to be. It was a very private thing for me, a bond I wanted to make with this person’.”

Patricia Kennealy has reasons for not wanting people to read Balfour’s Rock Wives. Very simple ones: this book was published five or six years before Strange Days and before Kennealy’s drastic revision of her role in Jim Morrison’s life. 

And the books by The Doors, who presumably saw Morrison a lot more than she did and knew more about his overall life? Ignore them! They’re all liars! Only believe her! And ignore those previous interviews she gave before Strange Days! That was Oliver Stone’s evil Patricia-lookalike robot, sent to spread lies! LIES!

Kennealy is trying to rewrite reality without recognizing that she can’t. The Rock Wives interview and the contributions to past Morrison books won’t cease to exist because she wants them to.”


SatireKnight, Stuff Patricia Kennealy Wants Forgotten: 

“And that there is the biggest reason why people should not believe the epic romance Patricia Kennealy describes in Strange Days: because she herself debunked it, and now everyone can see the awkward fact that reality is not lining up with Kennealy’s published account..”


  Janet M. Erwin, ‘Patricia Kennealy: Your Ballroom Days Are Over Baby!’: 

“I haven’t read Strange Days, nor do I intend to, but I’ve had parts of it read to me, enough to know it’s simply a further and ever more spiteful rearranging of reality. Since its publication in 1992 Patricia Kennealy has continued to demonstrate what seems to me to be her utter lack of pride and her truly vicious, vengeful and greedy nature.”


“If you timeline Patricia Kennealy’s Strange Days and compare Jim Morrison’s schedule you will find that Patricia spent less than a week and a half with Jim Morrison — days, not even a month, let alone a year.”

– music journalist and friend of Jim Morrison’s, Salli Stevenson