Meetings with Morrissey

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Author Len Brown has interviewed Morrissey more times than any other journalist and the result is a biography of unequalled authenticity and insight. From the heady days of The Smiths to the 2006 release of the acclaimed solo album Ringleader of the Tormentors, Morrissey has enjoyed a fanatical following in the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA. Through songs that have single-handedly extended the range of contemporary pop, Morrissey has built a unique reputation without ever giving away too much about himself. Now, ...
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Overview

Author Len Brown has interviewed Morrissey more times than any other journalist and the result is a biography of unequalled authenticity and insight. From the heady days of The Smiths to the 2006 release of the acclaimed solo album Ringleader of the Tormentors, Morrissey has enjoyed a fanatical following in the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA. Through songs that have single-handedly extended the range of contemporary pop, Morrissey has built a unique reputation without ever giving away too much about himself. Now, often in his own words, Morrissey's wide-ranging enthusiasms and disparate influences come into sharp focus courtesy of Brown's searching interviews. Meetings With Morrissey is more than a biography - it's an audience with one of British pop's most significant and radical artists.
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AU Magazine
Renowned broadcaster and scribe Len Brown might just have written the most compelling tome in the near library of Moz biographies. His Meetings With Morrissey draws on a lifetime's worth of encounters to try and lift the veil on the enigma. Fresh insights are provided, with the body of work and sources of inspiration outlined with forensic detail. Perhaps the greatest triumph here though is the sense that Brown has teased out more of the real Morrissey - whoever he is - than any other chronicler to date.
Mojo
There is much to enjoy here; the interview material is sparkling and Brown's extrapolations on the figures who populate Morrissey's imagination, from the obvious (Oscar Wilde, James Dean) to the more obscure (TV's pioneering camp hairdresser Raymond 'Teasy-Weasy' Bessone) show an impressive grasp of Mozza arcana...one of the better books on the man who has claimed onstage to be Stinky Turner, Stan Ogden and 'Bruce Springroll'.
Record Collector
As a man whose meeting with Morrissey, both formal and informal, stretch back to being the first to interview the solo Moz in 1988, and on into 2003 and his pre-You Are The Quarry resurgence, Brown has more credentials than most to hurl a book about Steven Patrick out into the market. A self-confessed Smiths diehard, he also avoids turning this into some fawning Mozfather love-in.
It's not quite bursting with unprinted interviews. Most of the text re-tells the story, with Brown's own personal experiences (of Morrissey and other events in his life) adding colour, turning these memoirs-cum- biography into a hugely enjoyable read. What we get is a portrait of a man who, to reference Oscar Wilde as Brown does, has turned his life into a work of art.

Brown takes Moz's declaration that "everything's linked, everybody takes from the artists they love" as a manifesto, tracing Morrissey's story through his literature, British film/TV and female pop influences. Ultimately (and sometimes wearily overbearingly so), it leads right back to Wilde, Morrissey's biggest love. The final chapter, tying up all the influences and parallels between the artists' lives, might get a bit much, mind. Without being brainsizzlingly new, Brown's turned out a very fair, even-handed account that happily gets you running back to those records to play detective yourself.
The Sun newspaper
Brown lifts the lid on one of the most individual performers we have today - from Morrissey's sexuality to what still drives him. Often biographies don't tell us anything new - this is an exception. Fans will love this insight into Morrissey.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847729873
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 628,692
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Preface: "For This Is The Cadogan Hotel" 7

Part 1 The Smiths

1 The Past Is Another Country 23

2 The World Changes 32

3 Used To Be A Sweet Boy 49

4 The New Morrissey Express 69

5 Sex And The Single Male 88

6 I Know It's Over 105

Part 2 Morrissey

7 Nineteen Eighty Hate 127

8 Madchester, So Much To Answer For 154

9 Napoleon Solo - The Political Animal 170

10 Into Exile 190

11 Return Of The Mozzfather 212

12 Wilde Man In His Head 230

Morrissey's People 247

Sing Your Life: An Essential Smiths/Morrissey Compilation 294

Further Reading 303

Acknowledgements 305

Index 307

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

    Must have and read for Morrissey fans!

    This book will have to satisfy us until The Man publishes his autobio. Other books about him are complete rubbish compared to this one, where they rely on their own impressions, or resort to "they said..." information. It seems Morrissey grew comfortable with Len, so he was willing to share more than he does with other journalists. The story behind Morrissey holding the single helped me to see him in ways that make me wonder how on earth people could despise him so much. I didn't think it was humanly possible, but I ended up loving Morrissey even more afterward finishing the book.

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