Autobiography

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Autobiography covers Morrissey's life from his birth until the present day.

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 ...

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Autobiography

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Overview

Autobiography covers Morrissey's life from his birth until the present day.

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.”

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When this book was first published in hardcover, reviewers hailed it as "the best written musical autobiography since Bob Dylan's Chronicles," and lauded its famously rebellious English singer author as "so devastatingly articulate that he could win the Booker." Now Morrissey's Autobiography has justly become a Penguin Classic, poised to unleash its strong opinions about all matters under the sun, including but not limited to the music business, Manchester, animal rights, the royal family, contrarians, conservatives, being an outsider, his bandmates, and interviewers. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

The New York Times Book Review - John Williams
…[Morrissey] proves equally adept at the rhythms and purposes of prose. When he turns his attention to people in his close orbit, like his grandmother or his friend James Maker, he exhibits the eye and pacing of a talented novelist…If there are any lingering questions about how much of the man is crafted persona, this book should dispel them. Morrissey is Morrissey to the marrow.
Wall Street Journal
Fascinating…lyrical…It's about as excellently written a rock-star memoir as one could hope to read.
Entertainment Weekly
A bracing, beautiful tour de force of a rock memoir…wonderfully lush…pulsating and alive…Even when he's spewing bile, his poetic raconteur's soul keeps him lovable. (“A” review)
The Boston Globe
“A precious source of light on his life and work…Moz at his Mozziest.”
Library Journal
02/01/2014
British singer and performer Morrissey's long-awaited autobiography is at once insightful and hyperbolic. There is an almost melodious flow to his writing, and anecdotes and examinations follow one another as 50-plus years of history are placed in a volume that lacks chapters and any real section breaks. Often humorous and at times self-deprecating in tone, this is very much the story of Steven Patrick Morrissey—his first meeting with guitarist Johnny Marr (with whom he would found the seminal 1980s band The Smiths) doesn't occur until about a third of the way through. The exploration of his early years offers a fascinating look at an emerging postwar Manchester, where touring pop stars like David Bowie would later serve as both influence and escape. He doesn't shy from airing grievances: a particular sore spot is the 1990s court case in which former Smiths drummer Mike Joyce successfully sued Morrissey and Marr for royalties. Those looking for details of Morrissey's personal life outside of music will be disappointed, however; more space is allocated to his penchant for rescuing ailing animals than his romantic relationships. Readers almost know him more and less at the memoir's conclusion, as Morrissey remains ever the enigma. VERDICT Highly recommended, especially for fans of the Smiths and 1980s music.—Amanda Mastrull, School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143107507
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/4/2014
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 157,360

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Steven Patrick Morrissey was born in Manchester on May 22, 1959. Singer-songwriter and cofounder 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, The Killers, 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.”

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