A Light That Never Goes Out

The Enduring Saga of the Smiths

Author: Tony Fletcher

Publisher: Crown Archetype

ISBN: 0307715973

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 704

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The definitive book about The Smiths, one of the most beloved, respected, and storied indie rock bands in music history. They were, their fans believe, the best band in the world. Hailing from Manchester, England, The Smiths--Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, and Mike Joyce--were critical and popular favorites throughout their mid-1980s heyday and beyond. To this day, due to their unforgettable songs and lyrics, they are considered one of the greatest British rock groups of all time--up there with the Beatles, the Stones, the Who, and the Clash. Tony Fletcher paints a vivid portrait of the fascinating personalities within the group: Morrissey, the witty, literate lead singer whose loner personality and complex lyrics made him an icon for teenagers who felt forlorn and forgotten; his songwriting partner Marr, the gregarious guitarist who became a rock god for a generation of indie kids; and the talented, good-looking rhythm section duo of bassist Rourke and drummer Joyce. Despite the band's tragic breakup at the height of their success, A Light That Never Goes Out is a celebration: the saga of four working-class kids from a northern English city who come together despite contrasting personalities, find a musical bond, inspire a fanatical following, and leave a legacy that changed the music world--and the lives of their fans.

A Light That Never Goes Out

The Enduring Saga of the Smiths

Author: Tony Fletcher

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0099537923

Category: Rock groups

Page: 704

View: 1988

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To this day, they were, their fans believe, the best band in the world. Critics and sales figures told a similar story. Yet for all their brilliance and adoration - their famously energetic live shows routinely interrupted by stage invasions - The Smiths were continually plagued by their reticence to play the game, and by the time of 1987's Strangeways Here We Come, they had split. Tony Fletcher's A Light That Never Goes Out - part celebration, part paean - moves from Manchester in the nineteenth-century to the present day to tell the complete story of The Smiths. The product of extensive research and unprecedented access, it will serve to confirm The Smiths as one of the most important and influential rock groups of all time.

A Light That Never Goes Out

The Enduring Saga of the Smiths

Author: Tony Fletcher

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409038602

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 704

View: 7984

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To this day, they were, their fans believe, the best band in the world. Critics and sales figures told a similar story. Yet for all their brilliance and adoration – their famously energetic live shows routinely interrupted by stage invasions – The Smiths were continually plagued by their reticence to play the game, and by the time of 1987’s Strangeways Here We Come, they had split. Tony Fletcher’s A Light That Never Goes Out – part celebration, part paean – moves from Manchester in the nineteenth-century to the present day to tell the complete story of The Smiths. The product of extensive research and unprecedented access, it will serve to confirm The Smiths as one of the most important and influential rock groups of all time.

A Light That Never Goes Out

The Enduring Saga of the Smiths

Author: Tony Fletcher

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

ISBN: 0307715965

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 698

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Explores one of the most respected and storied indie rock bands in music history, painting a portrait of the personalities within the group.

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out

Author: Michael Whone

Publisher: Bolero Bird via PublishDrive

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 152

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Vic’s a unique fellow—never had a job, never kissed a woman, he’s in his thirties and has been in college for almost fifteen years, but he’s more optimistic than you’d expect. Delightful synchronicities keep arising in Vic’s life, giving him great bliss. While minding his business in the summer he moves into a house on Etherington Crescent, the best thing of all happens—Two women seem to take an interest in him. In fact, it becomes clear that they want to jump his bones. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out is a dark comedy that’s satisfyingly on the mark about modern romance, despite being narrated, in part, by a quirky idiot savant and naive one-time heartbreaker. When Vic looks back on how it all happened, how life’s little miracles once set his life romantically ablaze, there’s only one thing that sticks out in his mind: the serendipity of the strange flying beetle he found smacking itself over and over into a light.

Light on Life's Difficulties

Author: James Allen

Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN: 1602061823

Category: Self-Help

Page: 128

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James Allen was one of the most popular writers in the fields of inspiration and spirituality at the turn of the 20th century, and here, in this 1912 work, he tackles the myriad problems facing the world and all its people from a perspective of mind over matter. Shining a light of plain-spoken wisdom on everything from the personal (a sense of proportion, good manners and refinement) to the global (war and peace, diversities of creeds), he motivates us all the take a hand in making the world a better place... for ourselves and for everyone. British author and pop philosopher JAMES ALLEN (1864-1912) retired from the business world to pursue a life of writing and contemplation. Best known for As a Man Thinketh, he authored many other books about the power of thought including The Path to Prosperity, The Mastery of Destiny, and Entering the Kingdom.

Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance

Author: Johnny Rogan

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 0857127829

Category: Music

Page: 624

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Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance is among the most successful – and controversial – rock biographies ever published. Having denounced the book and called for the death of its author Johnny Rogan, Morrissey later did a U-turn and cited it as evidence in the royalty-related court case brought by Smiths drummer Mike Joyce.Now, 20 years after it was first published, Rogan has returned to his definitive Smiths biography to produce a completely revised edition based on new information and new interviews to add to the almost 100 initially conducted over a four-year period. Widely acclaimed as one rock’s leading writers, Johnny Rogan now brings yet more insight and analysis to his best-selling book that revealed, for the first time, the true and unsanitised story of The Smiths – the most important group of their generation.

Autobiography

Author: Morrissey

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 014310750X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 457

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"Spend the day in bed" with Autobiography by Morrissey, whose new album Low in High School is out November 17th 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."

There Is a Light That Never Goes Out

Author: Saurav Dutt

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781721226566

Category:

Page: 404

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With the issue of male on female violence more timely than ever, Saurav Dutt's harrowing new book delves deep into the issues of psychological and physical domestic abuse through the experiences of three women. All of these women have a past. Theirs is a past punctuated by abominable acts perpetrated by their partners against them. They escaped this whirlwind of abuse and torment in order to turn the page, to reload and to start their lives again. But the past has a way of catching up to them in ways they could never have imagined. The darkness of their experiences has cast a long shadow over their families, their future, the entire reason for their existence. The choices they make now will either set them free or put everything they seek to protect in harm's way once again. With striking forewords by human rights campaigners Mandy Sanghera and Polly Harrar, 'There is a light that never goes out' is an uncomfortable but necessary journey into the darkness of the human pysche and details an aspect of abuse and gender inequality that is more pressing now that it has ever been.

The light that never goes out

Author: Marina Casas

Publisher: Babelcube Inc.

ISBN: 1507129416

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 80

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Drama, family problems, drugs, alcoholism, adolescence... On the brink of turning fifteen, alcohol is no longer enough to help Luz forget who she is. At a time when dreams are nothing but falsities of other worlds, the present brings nothing but one disappointment after another, and when invertebrates are so sure that there's nothing better for them that they commit suicide, will the stars align with her decision?

Art, Imagination and Christian Hope

Patterns of Promise

Author: Trevor A. Hart,Jeremy Begbie,Gavin Hopps

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754666769

Category: Art

Page: 193

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In Christian faith, the present is continuously re-shaped by ventures of hopeful and expectant living. In art, the poetic interplay between past, present and future takes specific concrete forms, furnishing vital resources for sustaining an imaginative ecology of hope.This volume attends to the contributions that architecture, drama, literature, music and painting can make, as artists trace patterns of promise, resisting the finality of modernity's despairing visions and generating hopeful living in a present which, although marked by sin and death, is grasped imaginatively as already pregnant with future.

How Soon Is Never?

A Novel

Author: Marc Spitz

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 9780307531162

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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There is a light and it never goes out . . . or is there? Welcome to the big Reagan ’80s, where ketchup is a vegetable and the Cold War looms large and chilly. If like Joe Green you were coming of age during this boom era, your main concerns include one or more of the following: a rainbow assortment of Polo shirts worn with the collar flipped up, K-Swiss tennis shoes, a new cable channel called MTV, and Top 40 radio. Stuck in the suburban haze of Long Island, New York, Joe Green knows there has got to be more to life. However, salvation is on the way, in the form of a quiffed-up quartet from Manchester, England, who take over the airways of a local radio station. Hearing the Smiths for the first time jerks Joe awake: Morrissey’s wry and witty lyrics speak to him, and Johnny Marr’s driven guitar chords get under his skin. He destroys his Phil Collins cassettes, pomades his hair into New Wave submission, studies up on his Oscar Wilde, and falls in love. He even shows up for dinner on time. That is, until his favorite band breaks up and then breaks his heart. Fast-forward some fifteen years. Joe Green is making a living as a rock journalist, still recovering from a wicked post-college smack addiction and slumming with youngsters who ironically “appreciate” the seminal ’80s music that once gave his life meaning. It’s too late to go home, or is it? What if Joe Green can get the Smiths back together? What if reuniting the long-broken-up band can reverse the passage of time and bring back the magic of youth? What if it helps him win the heart of the woman he loves? How Soon Is Never? is an acerbic, ingenious look at Reagan-era adolescence, the power of hearing a record that changes your life, and the dangers of nostalgia. Be prepared to see a bit of yourself in Joe Green. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Smiths

Songs That Saved Your Life

Author: Simon Goddard

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781905287963

Category: Music

Page: 351

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They were the most outstanding British guitar group of the 1980s, and one of the most successful indie acts of all time. Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, and Mike Joyce—better known as The Smiths—created just four studio albums during their brief career together, but left an influential legacy that can still be heard in many of the groups that followed in their wake. In the new edition of this indispensable guide, the exhaustive track-by-track commentary has the input and full cooperation of Mike Joyce, as well as contributions from Andy Rourke and Johnny Marr. Drawing upon the group’s private collection of studio tapes, Goddard describes numerous previously unheard takes, and reveals for the first time the names and details of songs that were never released. The book is illustrated with outstanding examples of the group’s distinctive record covers, and scores of rare stills.

Trainspotting

Author: Irvine Welsh

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393314809

Category: Fiction

Page: 348

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Explores the life of a group of rude boys, junkies, and nutters in Edinburgh

Songs That Saved Your Life (Revised Edition)

The Art of The Smiths 1982-87

Author: Simon Goddard

Publisher: Titan Books (US, CA)

ISBN: 178116259X

Category: Music

Page: 352

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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.

Relocations

Queer Suburban Imaginaries

Author: Karen Tongson

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814769675

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

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What queer lives, loves and possibilities teem within suburbia's little boxes? Moving beyond the imbedded urban/rural binary, Relocations offers the first major queer cultural study of sexuality, race and representation in the suburbs. Focusing on the region humorists have referred to as Lesser Los Angeles-a global prototype for sprawl-Karen Tongson weaves through suburbia's nowherespaces to survey our spatial imaginaries: the aesthetic, creative and popular materials of the new suburbia.

List of the Lost

Author: Morrissey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780141983080

Category:

Page: N.A

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"Penguin Books is delighted to announce the forthcoming publication ofaList of the Lost, Morrissey's extraordinary novel, on 24 September. High-octane, ferociously lyrical,aList of the Lostashows a side of Morrissey never seen before. Beware the novelist . . . intimate and indiscreet . . . pompous, prophetic airs . . . here is the fact of fiction . . . an American tale where, naturally, evil conquers good, and none live happily ever after, for the complicated pangs of the empty experiences of flesh-and-blood human figures are the reason why nothing can ever be enough. To read a book is to let a root sink down.aList of the lostais the reality of what is true battling against what is permitted to be true.'aMorrissey"

Boy About Town

Author: Tony Fletcher

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446492788

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 5229

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'I was no longer fitting in at school. I was unsure of my friends, and they were increasingly unsure of me. I wanted to be a rock star. But while all around, voices were starting to break, acne beginning to appear, facial hair sprouting, I remained all flabby flesh and innate scruff, with a high-pitched whine and not a muscle to my name. I was the runt of the class and rarely allowed to forget it. I had no father at home to help me out, and could hardly talk to my mum. So I took solace in The Jam.' As a boy, Tony Fletcher frequently felt out of place. Yet somehow he secured a ringside seat for one of the most creative periods in British cultural history. Boy About Town tells the story of the bestselling author’s formative years in the pre- and post-punk music scenes of London, counting down, from fifty to number one: attendance at seminal gigs and encounters with musical heroes; schoolboy projects that became national success stories; the style culture of punks, mods and skinheads and the tribal violence that enveloped them; life as a latchkey kid in a single-parent household; weekends on the football terraces in a quest for street credibility; and the teenage boy’s unending obsession with losing his virginity. Boy About Town is an evocative, bittersweet, amusing and wholly original account of growing up and coming of age in the glory days of the 1970s.