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Steven Patrick Morrissey was born in Manchester on May 22nd 1959. Singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Smiths (1982-1987), Morrissey has been a solo artist for twenty-six years, during which time he has had three number 1 albums in England in three different decades. Achieving eleven Top 10 albums (plus nine with the Smiths), his songs have been recorded by David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, Marianne Faithfull, Chrissie Hynde, Thelma Houston, My Chemical Romance and Christy Moore, amongst others. An animal protectionist, in 2006 Morrissey was voted the second greatest living British icon by viewers of the BBC, losing out to Sir David Attenborough. In 2007 Morrissey was voted the greatest northern male, past or present, in a nationwide newspaper poll. In 2012, Morrissey was awarded the Keys to the City of Tel-Aviv. It has been said 'Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that Morrissey has reached in his lifetime.' 'Brilliant, breathtaking, vital, lyrical and poetic.' Observer 'He is so devastatingly articulate he could win the Booker . . . the kind of burnished prose no other singer on the planet could aspire to.' Guardian 'A book to be thankful for . . . a work of genuine literary class.' Independent 'A rich and substantial work, the figure emerging at its centre both compelling and complex.' The Times Literary Supplement 'Anyone who feels the poetry of Morrissey's lyrics should welter in his astonishingly well-written prose. His evocation of post-war Manchester - a chilling blend of social realism and the Gothic - is a triumph.' Times Higher Education
Publisher: London : Penguin Classics, 2013
ISBN: 9780141394817
Characteristics: 457 p. : ill. ; 20 cm


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Jul 28, 2015

I'm a Motley/GNR/Halen trainweck kind of guy - Morrissey's book was a refreshing, intelligent read. I won't be buying a Smith's/Morrissey album anytime soon but I would highly recommend this book for all musicians. I went after this book after seeing him interviewed on a NY Dolls doc/dvd....

cane420 Jan 13, 2015

eloquent ......ambiguous...... timeless ..... classic..... just like the man himself ....

memoriesofthefuture May 26, 2014

I am a fan of the Smiths but I had a terribly hard time reading this. A lot of patting himself on the back. Very revisionist.I sloughed on to the end hoping there would be so some form of redemption or self analysis. Anything! But no--just disappointment. Well at least his lyrics are great! Skip this 'biography'

May 13, 2014

Enjoyed it a lot, but this one is really just for die-hard Morrissey fans!

Mar 07, 2014

A fascinating autobiography. He's a wonderful writer. Many funny passages. Recommend!

Jan 30, 2014

Call me prejudiced but he's as whiny in his memoir as in his public persona.


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