Songs That Saved Your Life (Revised Edition): The Art of The Smiths 1982-87

Songs That Saved Your Life (Revised Edition): The Art of The Smiths 1982-87

by Simon Goddard


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One of the seminal groups of the Eighties, The Smiths' career was as brilliant as it was brief. Now, drawing on interviews with band members, producers, and colleagues, music journalist Simon Goddard presents a meticulous chronological survey of the group's musical evolution, from their first demos in 1982 to their final fractured studio session five years later.

Investigating the stories behind the songs, and detailing every British TV and radio session, he also offers a unique analysis of each track's concert life. Granted unprecedented access to The Smiths' studio archives and to the private collection of outtakes and rehearsals retained by drummer Mike Joyce, the author lifts the lid on unreleased material as well as the lost songs and alternate versions that have remained closely guarded secrets until now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781162583
Publisher: Titan
Publication date: 02/26/2013
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 966,427
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Simon Goddard is a music journalist who writes for a variety of publications, including Q magazine.

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