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2 years 2 months ago in Community

On this date in Lowell, Mass, Jim Morrison tried to visit Jack Kerouac and was turned away at the door by his wife, Stella. She advised him to get a haircut (or a hairnet). On that day she also wrote Dan DeSole, acting as Kerouac's psychiatrist of a sort, updating him on Gabrielle's condition (she had a stroke in 1966) and their mutual concern for Jack's deteriorating health. Lowell doctors that treated Jack had nicknamed him the "Walking Dead Man" between themselves, advising him that he wouldn't last another year at his rate of drinking alcohol. Time would tell that they were indeed correct. As for Stella, she was given the role of gatekeeper, sending visitors (like Morrison) on their way so as not to exacerbate her husband's drinking.

Onstage that day, Morrison was intoxicated, shocked himself on a microphone, swore out loud and was warned by a police officer. He mispronounced "lowell" and asked the audience where "Kerouac was." He left the Commodore Ballroom in between two bouncers who dragged him out. Onlookers waiting by the backstage door saw the toes of his lizard skin boots dragging in the dirt as he was carried to a waiting car for a ride back to the hotel.

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2 years 2 months ago

I am going to guess that Jim's bodyguard, Mr. Tony Funches, could possibly shed some light on this. Care to chime in Uncle Toe-Knee or do we have to wait for your Accursed Book? Cheers, Brian

2 years 2 months ago

Jack Kerrouac did not live in St. Petersburg until late 1968 until he died in October 1969.

2 years 2 months ago

Hey....I'm not saying I didn't think your words were true. I'm only telling you what I have read. Obviously you are more informed on the subject then I am...more power to you...what I was saying mostly is about the subject of Jim's years, when he was in his early college years in Fl. in the early 60's...61, and 62. He was living in Clearwater, and Jack was in St. Petersburg...It is well known that Jim hitchhiked to St. Petersburg on several occasions to see his old girlfriend. Could it be possible that he and Kerouac may had come across one another without realize it...? Just food for thought dude...let me know your thoughts..

2 years 2 months ago

@ harps fly Jack was n Lowell at this time, he moved to Florida by the winter. His mother was an invalid with a stroke and in bed. It was his wife Stella Kerouac that answered the door and turned Jim away. True story.

2 years 2 months ago

I've also read that story too. The last time I was in Lowell my car got keyed and that was the same day I visited Jack Kerouacs grave! It not a nice city, but I'm sure it was ok at one time.

2 years 2 months ago

I don't want to discredit your story, but I've read a lot about Jack Kerouac: I also read about that same incident, possibly happening. I don't think there's any solid proof that it ever did. It was my understanding that it was his mother that may or may not have turned Jim away, and not his wife. I've also read stories indicating that if they ever were in the same place at the same time, it would've been more likely that they came across one another when they both lived in Clearwater...Hey, I'm no expert, and would love you to prove me wrong. Unfortunately, the only two people who know the real truth are both gone.

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