Autobiography

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

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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 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.”

Editorial Reviews

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.
From the Publisher
“Practically every paragraph has a line or two that demands to be read aloud to the mirror, tattooed on foreheads, carved on tombstones.”–Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone

“Morrissey is a pop star of unusual writing talent.”–The New York Times

“As I floated, unmoored, Morrissey would drop in a single masterfully executed sentence. He’s a writer with a gift that he bends to bizarre use.”–Sasha Frere-Jones, The New Yorker

“[Morrissey] is at his very best as he conveys what it was, and is, to be a youth lifted free by the sense of possibilities glimpsed in pop music and films and TV and poetry. He also writes as though he has a clear sense that Autobiography could provide the same kind of beacon, the same kind of life raft, for its most impressionable readers as he found in others. And that’s exactly how he should write, for one of the main reasons Morrissey matters as he does is because he has always been that kind of artist.”–GQ

“Rancorous, rhapsodic, schizophrenic: Autobiography delivers a man in full” –Andrew Male, Mojo

“A wonderfully entertaining read.”–Daily Mirror

“Morrissey's Autobiography is brilliant and relentless. Genius, really.”–Douglas Coupland

“This is the best book ever. Like ever.”–Wonderland 

“The Best Music Biog Ever ... In the world of rock autobiographies, Morrissey's is nigh-on perfect.”–NME

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698167872
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/03/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
227,516
File size:
7 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Colin Meloy
Fucking brilliant. I mean really, really good. --Colin Meloy of the Decemberists
From the Publisher
“Practically every paragraph has a line or two that demands to be read aloud to the mirror, tattooed on foreheads, carved on tombstones.”–Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone
 
“Morrissey is a pop star of unusual writing talent.”–The New York Times
 
“As I floated, unmoored, Morrissey would drop in a single masterfully executed sentence. He’s a writer with a gift that he bends to bizarre use.”–Sasha Frere-Jones, The New Yorker
 
“[Morrissey] is at his very best as he conveys what it was, and is, to be a youth lifted free by the sense of possibilities glimpsed in pop music and films and TV and poetry. He also writes as though he has a clear sense that Autobiography could provide the same kind of beacon, the same kind of life raft, for its most impressionable readers as he found in others. And that’s exactly how he should write, for one of the main reasons Morrissey matters as he does is because he has always been that kind of artist.”–GQ
 
“Rancorous, rhapsodic, schizophrenic: Autobiography delivers a man in full” –Andrew Male, Mojo
 
“A wonderfully entertaining read.”–Daily Mirror
 
“Morrissey's Autobiography is brilliant and relentless. Genius, really.”–Douglas Coupland
 
“This is the best book ever. Like ever.”–Wonderland 
 
“The Best Music Biog Ever ... In the world of rock autobiographies, Morrissey's is nigh-on perfect.”–NME

Meet the Author


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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Josh-Lamb More than 1 year ago
I was very entertained by this book. Morrissey is a very gifted writer (as well as a gifted singer songwriter). The book moves at a fast pace and covers Morrissey’s life and career from birth to present day. It’s a book worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I began to read the book and couldn't believe the grace of writing. I read 80 pages in an hour in a trance. Went to bed and began reading another 50 after I woke up. I can now define masterpiece. His autobiography is a masterpiece.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bravo! Genius!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Facinating...he has a lot of stories to tell from his viewpoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I learned that the US version has details of Moz’s personal life edited out (any references to homosexuality, which were deemed likely to “offend” American readers). I am appalled by this blatant censorship. Boycott the US version and buy only the UK edition.
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Morrissey's writing is very lyrical and figurative and expected, and his words are very pretty and pleasant to read.  However, it was soooo hard to read this book because he's so full of it..  He comes across as arrogant a lot of the time, but that I can't let that discredit his clear talent of being able to put together words and have the come out in utter beauty.  The book was pretty unorganized, with no clear structure within the paragraphs, and there's also aren't any defined chapters, but if you can over look some attitude problems and sloppy writing structure (did anyone edit this?)  then it's a really, really great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One does linger over his beautiful lyrical prose. Unfortunately, as with almost all musicians, much time is devoted to lawyers, sleazy managers, and court battles. Wish more time was spent on the creative process, but still would highly recommend this book. As much as he hated his Catholic school, they sure taught him how to write well!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At night killer results 1-6 bios are in res 1+4 but history is in 2+5 three an six are alterations.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My bio is at res 13
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Snow: res two<p> Frost: res three<p> Icepaw: maybe sometime