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.

Morrissey and Marr

The Severed Alliance: 20th Anniversary Edition

Author: Johnny Rogan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781468313130

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 460

View: 5379

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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, twenty 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 one hundred 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.

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.

Meetings with Morrissey

Author: Len Brown

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 0857122401

Category: Music

Page: 324

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Morrissey is one of the most provocative, individual and controversial performers in popular music. From the formation of his Manchester band The Smiths in 1982, through to the imminent release of his 2008 solo album Years Of Refusal, his career has spanned 50 UK Top 40 singles and 20 UK Top 10 albums. Including previously unpublished encounters, Meetings with Morrissey gets behind the public image to tell Morrissey’s story in his own words and explore in fine detail the extraordinary subject matter of his songs. The book offers in-depth insight into the diverse artists Morrissey has celebrated, via lyrics or Smiths’ covers, including Patti Smith, Pat Phoenix, Billy Fury, Marc Bolan, James Dean and The New York Dolls. Above all, it focuses on Morrissey’s lifelong commitment to promoting the genius of Oscar Wilde. Len Brown, a former NME writer and television producer, has interviewed Morrissey more times than any journalist. He first saw The Smiths back in 1983 and became the first writer to interview the artist about the death of his band and the birth of his solo career in 1988.

Set the Boy Free

The Autobiography

Author: Johnny Marr

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062438727

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 480

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The long-awaited memoir from the legendary guitarist and cofounder of the seminal British band The Smiths. An artist who helped define a period in popular culture, Johnny Marr tells his story in a memoir as vivid and arresting as his music. The Smiths, the band with the signature sound he cofounded, remains one of the most beloved bands ever, and have a profound influence on a number of acts that followed—from the Stone Roses, Suede, Blur, and Radiohead to Oasis, The Libertines, and Arctic Monkeys. Marr recalls his childhood growing up in the northern working-class city of Manchester, in a house filled with music. He takes us back to the summer of 1982 when, at eighteen, he sought out one Stephen Morrissey to form a new band they called The Smiths. Marr invites fans on stage, on the road, and in the studio for the five years The Smiths were together and how after a rapid ascent, the working-class teenage rock star enjoyed and battled with the perks of success until ideological differences, combined with his much publicized strained relationships with fellow band mates, caused him to leave in 1987. Marr’s “escape” as he calls it, ensured the beginning of the end for one of the most influential groups of a generation. But The Smiths’ end was only the beginning for Marr. The bona-fide guitar hero continues to experiment and evolve in his solo career to this day, playing with Paul McCartney, Pretenders, Modest Mouse, Oasis and collaborating today’s most creative and renowned artists. Rising above and beyond the personal struggles and bitter feuds, Marr delivers the story of his music and his band, sharing the real insights of a man who has made music his life, and finally giving fans what they’ve truly been waiting for.

Saint Morrissey

A Portrait of This Charming Man by an Alarming Fan

Author: Mark Simpson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 074328481X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 257

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A portrait of the contemporary music icon explores his enigmatic personality in light of the author's own fan obsession, tracing his rise as the front man of The Smiths in the 1980s through his solo career.

The Byrds

Timeless Flight Revisited : the Sequel

Author: Johnny Rogan

Publisher: Music Sales Distributed

ISBN: 9780952954019

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 720

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This biography delves beneath the myth to reveal story of The Byrds. It features interviews with all the original members, plus producers, managers, publicists, groupies and scene setters. Songs released by the band include Mr Tamborine Man and So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star.

Morrissey

Scandal & Passion

Author: David Bret

Publisher: Franz Steiner Verlag

ISBN: 9781861057877

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 312

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Britain's most articulate singer-songwriter remains a complex individual whose lyrics opt for realism, opinion, waspish wit, irony, asexuality, melancholy and love. In this biography, Morrissey's friends and the members of his entourage speak frankly to David Brett to produce a study of the iconic star.

Ray Davies

A Complicated Life

Author: Johnny Rogan

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1847923313

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 768

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NOW UPDATED WITH A NEW EPILOGUE In the summer of 1964, aged twenty, Ray Davies led the Kinks to fame with their number one hit ‘You Really Got Me’. Within months, they were established among the pop elite, swamped by fans and fast becoming renowned for the rioting at their gigs. But Ray’s journey from working-class Muswell Hill to the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame was tumultuous in the extreme, featuring breakdowns, bitter lawsuits, spectacular punch-ups and a ban from entering the USA. His relationship with his brother Dave is surely the most ferocious and abusive in music history. Based on countless interviews conducted over several decades, this richly detailed and revelatory biography presents the most frank and intimate portrait yet of Ray Davies.

Panic on the Streets

The Smiths & Morrissey Location Guide

Author: Phill Gatenby

Publisher: Titan Books (UK)

ISBN: 9780857685773

Category: Music

Page: 183

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This indespensible guide takes fans of The Smiths and Morrissey from Manchester right into the heart of London - transforming a leaning post on a Wapping side street, an alleyway in Battersea, a bandstand in the East End and a barber shop in Mayfair into tourist attractions with a difference. Discover the directions to each location, the history behind each entry and their relevance to The Smiths and Morrissey. Here are the places in Manchester, London and beyond that shaped the songs that mean so much to so many.

Morrissey

Fandom, Representations and Identities

Author: Eoin Devereux,Aileen Dillane,Martin Power

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1841504173

Category: Music

Page: 342

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"Known for his outspoken and often controversial views on class, ethnicity and sexuality, Morrissey has remained an anti-establishment figure who continues to provoke argument, debate and devotion amongst critics and his many fans. Focusing exclusively on Morrissey's solo career, the collected essays in this important book make for a rich reading of Morrissey and his highly influential creative output."--P. [4] of cover.

Morrissey

The Albums

Author: Johnny Rogan

Publisher: Rogan House

ISBN: 9780952954057

Category: Music

Page: 340

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Provides song-by-song analysis of the recordings of both the Smiths and Morrissey's solo albums.

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.

Mozipedia

The Encyclopedia of Morrissey and The Smiths

Author: Simon Goddard

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0091927102

Category: Rock musicians

Page: 544

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Steven Patrick Morrissey is one of the most original and controversial voices in the history of popular music. With The Smiths, he led the most influential British guitar group of the 1980s, his enigmatic wit and style defining a generation. As a solo artist, he has continued to broach subjects no other singer would dare. Worshipped by some, vilified by others, Morrissey is a unique rock and roll creation. The 300,000 words of Mozipedia make this the most intimate and in-depth biographical portrait of the man and his music yet. Bringing together every song, album, collaborator, key location, every hero, book, film and record to have influenced his art, it is the summation of years of meticulous research. Morrissey authority Simon Goddard has interviewed almost everybody of any importance, making Mozipedia the last word on Morrissey and The Smiths.

Why Pamper Lifes Complexities?

Essays on The Smiths

Author: Sean Campbell,Colin Coulter

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1847794734

Category: Music

Page: 256

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For five short years in the 1980s, a four-piece Manchester band released a collection of records that had undeniably profound effects on the landscape of popular music and beyond. Today, public and critical appreciation of The Smiths is at its height, yet the most important British band after The Beatles have rarely been subject to sustained academic scrutiny. Why pamper life's complexities?: Essays on The Smiths seeks to remedy this by bringing together diverse research disciplines to place the band in a series of enlightening social, cultural and political contexts as never before. Topics covered by the essays range from class, sexuality, Catholicism, Thatcherism, regional and national identities, to cinema, musical poetics, suicide and fandom. Lyrics, interviews, the city of Manchester, cultural iconography and the cult of Morrissey are all considered anew. The essays breach the standard confines of music history, rock biography and pop culture studies to give a sustained critical analysis of the band that is timely and illuminating. This book will be of interest to scholars and students in the fields of sociology, literature, geography, cultural and media studies. It is also intended for a wider audience of those interested in the enduring appeal of one of the most complex and controversial bands. Accessible and original, these essays will help to contextualise the lasting cultural legacy of The Smiths.

George Harrison: Behind The Locked Door

Author: Graeme Thomson

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 0857128582

Category: Music

Page: 372

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Behind The Locked Door is Graeme Thomson’s rich, insightful account of George Harrison’s extraordinary life and career. This Omnibus Enhanced digital edition includes Spotify sections, detailing Harrison’s early influences, his contributions within The Beatles and the best of his solo career. Additionally, an interactive Digital Timeline leads you through a collage of music, videos and images, displaying live performances, interviews, memorabilia and more. As a Beatle, Harrison underwent a bewilderingly compressed early adulthood, buffeted by unprecedented levels of fame and success, from schoolboy to global superstar. "Beatlemania" offered remarkable experiences and opportunities, and yet dissatisfaction still gnawed within. His life became a quest for meaning and truth which travelled far beyond the parameters of his former band and his former self. This elegant, in-depth biography tracks these changes and conflicts, marking the struggle of walking a spiritual path lined with temptation. Drawing on scores of interviews with close friends and collaborators, rigorous research and critical insight, Behind The Locked Door is a fascinating account of an often misunderstood man. As well as an intimate character study, it offers a full analysis of Harrison’s music, from his earliest songs for the Beatles to his landmark solo album All Things Must Pass, his work with The Traveling Wilburys and the posthumous Brainwashed. Behind The Locked Door provides the definitive account of a compelling, contradictory and enlightening life.

Boy, Interrupted

Memoir of a Former Smith

Author: Dale Hibbert

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781904590309

Category:

Page: 247

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Dale Hibbert was a member of The Smiths during their formative years. He is a fund of hitherto untold stories - how the Smiths were to be launched as a 'gay' band, each of them bearing the stage name of a serial killer. On the cusp of The Smiths breakthrough, Hibbert was replaced on bass by Andy Rourke. For the first time, he reveals the full details of his sacking.