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Mr. Mojo Risin' (ain't dead) by Ron Clooney

Mr. Mojo Risin' (ain't dead)

by Ron Clooney

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Rock ‘n’ Roll fiction books are rare, good ones are rarer, Ron Clooney’s, Mr. Mojo Risin’ Ain’t Dead, falls into the rarer category.

Mr. Mojo Risin’ Ain’t Dead follows journalist, “Ron Clooney”, after he encounters a man at a bar outside of Pere LaChaise Cemetery, whom he believes is a still alive Jim Morrison. “Ron” then sets off on his journalist’s quest to find Jim Morrison. He first visits all the French archives, then he starts to meet people whom he thinks might be Morrison but discovers he might be seeing Morrison’s face in the face of everyone he meets. Then he meets a street musician, alcoholic, Doug Prayer, who claims that he recorded an album with Jim Morrison in Paris, and offers him a tantalizing bit of evidence in a note in Jim Morrison’s handwriting dated 1976, and then disappears. “Ron” tracks down and befriends Prayer, and slowly cajoles the story of Jim Morrison out of Prayer as well as his own story which is inextricably entwined with Morrison’s.

In the category of Rock ‘n’ Roll books, there might be the sub-genre of “Jim Morrison is still alive” (that includes non-fiction as well as fiction) and includes Doors keyboardist, Ray Manzarek’s novel The Poet in Exile, which for the most part is a novel of lost opportunities, but Clooney in Mr. Mojo Risin’ makes full use of those opportunities, and doesn’t shy away from themes that you have to deal with in a book that looks at Jim Morrison, such as fathers and sons, existential issues of life and death, and the inner self.

Clooney also does something almost unheard of and unique in Mojo Risin’, he includes photographs of Morrison’s haunts, both the known and speculative. The first novel I ever saw this used in was From Time to Time by Jack Finney (a time travel book of another sort), I don’t know if Clooney is familiar with Finney’s book but he uses the device to great effect, it helps the reader to picture the environments Morrison frequented and adds a level of verisimilitude to the “Morrison is alive” storyline, instantly putting you in the world Jim Morrison would have experienced.

Mr. Mojo Risin’ also considers what most other books about Jim Morrison don’t or examine only peripherally and that is Pam Courson. Courson who was Jim Morrison’s “cosmic mate” and part of Morrison’s life from the almost the beginning of The Doors until Paris July 1971, she is intimately a part of the story than she is usually given credit for, and Clooney demonstrates a rare insight into Pam Courson.

There’s a muscularity in the writing that belies the conclusion, which is startlingly different for this type of novel. Mr Mojo Risin’ is a book that Doors fans and readers of all stripes will want to read. ( )
  JimCherry | Sep 25, 2011 |
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Ron Clooney looks into the complex mind of Jim Morrison and explores the nature of his relationship with his partner, Pamela Courson, so he can answer one of pop's greatest mysteries: what really happened to Mr Mojo Risin'? A novel mixed with fact, this will appeal to all Doors fans and lovers of conspiracy theories.… (more)

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