The Smiths

A Comedy Without a Plot, by Keble Howard [pseud.]

Author: John Keble Bell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 318

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The Smiths FAQ

All That's Left to Know About the Most Important British Band of the 1980s

Author: John D. Luerssen

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 149504596X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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(FAQ). Revered and massively influential, the Smiths have been called the most important band of the fertile U.K. 1980s music scene. While the group was only active for five years (1982 to 1987), the cult of the Manchester-reared foursome has ballooned in the three decades since its dissolution. Despite a $75 million offer to reunite for a two month tour in 2007, Morrissey and Johnny Marr, the group's principals, refused, opting to leave their legend untainted. The Smiths have since influenced a who's who of alternative music, including Death Cab for Cutie, Radiohead, the Killers, Jeff Buckley, Pete Yorn, the Decemberists, and Oasis. Featuring a foreword by guitarist and "Fifth Smith" who played with the band in 1986, The Smiths FAQ traces the band's history with clarity and detail, illuminating such questions as Who were the Nosebleeds? Why did Morrissey shun the Ramones? Who were the Paris Valentinos? What was Cult guitarist Billy Duffy's connection to the band? How was Morrissey injured during the group's U.S. debut performance? What Smiths single paid homage to T. Rex?. John D. Luerssen (author of FAQ series titles about U2, Bruce Springsteen, and Nirvana) gathers the indispensable early facts, the legendary stories, and inimitable anecdotes that make this a must-own tome for all fans.

The Smiths' Meat is Murder

Author: Joe Pernice

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441132449

Category: Social Science

Page: 120

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A Catholic high school near Boston in 1985. A time of suicides, gymnasium humiliations, smoking for beginners, asthma attacks, and incendiary teenage infatuations. Infatuations with a girl (Allison), with a band (The Smiths) and with an album, Meat is Murder, that was so raw, so vivid and so melodic that you could cling to it like a lifeboat in a storm. In this brilliant novella Joe Pernice tells the story of an asthmatic kid's discovery of Meat is Murder. Here is a short exceropt: One morning as I was jogging my way past the bronze plaque commemorating the deaths of one student and one motorcyclist, my necktie flapping like a windsock, Ray floored the brake pedal of his Dodge as he closed in on me. Fifty mile an hour traffic came to a screeching, nearly murderous halt behind him. He leaned over and rolled down the passenger side window in one fluid motion. He dispensed with formalities while I marveled at the audacity of his driving and, tossing something at me, winked and said, "Here. I'm going to kill myself." He pegged the gas, leaving a surprisingly good patch of rubber for such a shitty car. In the gutter, sugared with sand put down during the winter's last snow, I saw written in red felt ink on masking tape stuck to a smoky-clear cassette: "Smiths: Meat."

Songs That Saved Your Life - The Art of The Smiths 1982-87 (revised edition)

Author: Simon Goddard

Publisher: Titan Books

ISBN: 178116259X

Category: Music

Page: 352

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The Smiths' brief but brilliant career lasted only five years, long enough to carve their name as the greatest and most influential British band of the 1980s. From the perfect pop of 'This Charming Man' to their iconic masterpiece The Queen Is Dead, songwriters Morrissey and Johnny Marr created a body of work which saw them championed as the Lennon and McCartney of their day Songs That Saved Your Life has been hailed by both fans and critics as the essential book on The Smiths' music. The first examination of the group by acclaimed Mozipedia author Simon Goddard, it details the writing and recording of the entire Morrissey/Marr catalogue from their first bedroom demo to the band's sudden split including lost tracks and rare outtakes. This brand new edition has been thoroughly revised by the author to include an even more comprehensive studio chronology and easily referenced appendices covering live, radio and TV appearances. For new and diehard apostles alike, Songs That Saved Your Life remains the definitive document on the art of The Smiths.

The Smiths: The Early Years

Author: Paul Slattery

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 085712823X

Category: Music

Page: 176

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"A stunning photographic record of The Smiths' formative years. For many The Smiths were the definitive alternative rock band of the '80s. A bracing antidote to Thatcher's Britain for the youth of the day, Manchester-based Morrissey, Marr & Co. even approached something like mainstream success towards the end. But at the start they were scruffy, uncompromising rebels. This was the period in which Paul Slattery took a series of band photos of great intimacy and power. Slattery was particularly close to The Smiths in those early days, and his images - many of them seen for the first time here - were an insider's work: informal, brash, exciting and revealing. Seen together these photos form an exciting visual narrative on the work of an influential band that, for a few turbulent years, cornered the market in lyrical gloom laced with mordant wit."

The Smiths: The Singles Collection (Guitar TAB)

Author: Wise Publications

Publisher: Wise Publications

ISBN: 1787590895

Category: Music

Page: 145

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The Smiths: The Singles Collection presents 19 of The Smith’s most popular single releases arranged for Guitar TAB, with accompanying standard notation and guitar chord boxes. The importance of the single in the career of The Smiths cannot be overstated. Morrissey and Marr both regarded the format as hugely significant, with each release sporting a traditional paper sleeve and poignant choice of cover star, from James Dean to Shelagh Delaney. They reflected the band's shared love of the great singles of the 50s and 60s, and many have since become collector's items. This selection of songs therefore shows The Smiths at their most amusing, absurd, doleful, wry and charming. Marr's arrangements, which struck a chord with guitarists and songwriters the world over, are faithfully transcribed here. They are all here, from the early sparkle of This Charming Man and Hand In Glove to the cutting Panic and longing Boy With The Thorn In His Side. Often regarded as the last great British singles band, this collection of 19 songs represents the very best of The Smiths. With an integrated Spotify playlist allowing you to listen to the songs as you learn, this is perfect way to master the unique and intricate guitar playing of Johnny Marr and the songwriting of The Smiths. Songlist: - Ask - Bigmouth Strikes Again - The Boy With The Thorn In His Side - Girlfriend In A Coma - Hand In Glove - Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now - How Soon Is Now? - I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish - Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me - Panic - Shakespeare’s Sister - Sheila Take A Bow - Shoplifters Of The World Unite - Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before - That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out - This Charming Man - What Difference Does It Make? - William, It Was Really Nothing

Tales of The Smiths: A Graphic Biography

Author: Con Chrisoulis

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 1783233966

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 445

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There was never a band like The Smiths. Formed at the coalface of a depressed England in 1982, their mix of wit, realism and a wry self-awareness would take them to heights young Morrissey could only dream of from the confines of his dull education, a brutal Manchester upbringing, and the horror of cleaning up body parts as a hospital porter. Climaxing with the release of their first ever single; using interviews and reviews, imagined conversation and peerless artistry; visiting every influence from the New York Dolls to Nico, from Bowie and The Sex Pistols to Patti Smith, Con Chrisoulis brings to brilliant life the troubled teenage years of the unique artists that are Morrissey, Marr, Rourke and Joyce. With a foreword by Si Wolstencroft and an introduction by Johnny Rogan, this is the story of the birth of The Smiths, one of the most influential UK bands, ever. It’s time the tale were told…

Tales of the Smiths

A Graphic Biography

Author: Con Chrisoulis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781783055876

Category: Rock groups

Page: 464

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Tales of The Smiths is a comic book retelling of the band members' teenage years, before the group was famous, and includes fascinating digressions about their influences (the New York Dolls, Nico, Sex Pistols, NY punk, Patti Smith, etc.) and the times in which they grew up. The story reaches its climax with the meeting of Morrissey and Marr, the formation of the band in 1982, and their first gig as The Smiths. With an introduction by Simon Wolstencroft, the former drummer of The Fall and Patrol, and following Omnibus bestsellers GodSpeed: The Kurt Cobain Graphic and Gabba Hey! The Graphic Story of The Ramones, this new addition will captivate fans of graphic novels and The Smiths alike.

The Smiths

songs that saved your life

Author: Simon Goddard

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783898807357

Category:

Page: 344

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The Smiths

Songs That Saved Your Life

Author: Simon Goddard

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781905287147

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 351

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Presents a history of the rock group The Smiths along with information on all of their recordings.

Mozipedia

The Encyclopaedia of Morrissey and the Smiths

Author: Simon Goddard

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407028847

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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.

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

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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.

Johnny Marr - The Smiths & the Art of Gunslinging

Author: Richard Carman

Publisher: John Blake Publishing

ISBN: 1784189308

Category: Music

Page: 300

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The shimmering, muscular guitar pop of The Smiths shone like a beacon through the eighties as they took up the mantle of the best British band since The Beatles. Their unparalleled musicality inspired a generation of popular bands including Oasis, the Stone Roses and Radiohead. Johnny Marr was the genius behind that revolutionary sound.Manchester-born Marr has proved to be a gun-slinger without equal, a guitarist who rode the longest highways to find the most thrilling sounds and who built the gilt-edged frames in which the lyrical portraits of co-writer Morrissey sat so perfectly.Whilst he may well be remembered forever for the haunting intro to ‘How Soon Is Now?’ Marr has not slowed down creatively, inspiring a generation of younger listeners through his work with The Cribs, and even working with Hans Zimmer on the stunning soundtrack to the critically-acclaimed blockbuster Inception. He remains as influential and important as ever - a true guitar hero. Filled with insight and musical lore, The Smiths & the Art of Gun-Slinging traces the incredible story of how the son of Irish immigrants rose to become the iconic architect of a new sound for British guitar music. music

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.

The Smiths

the secret history

Author: Alan Cross

Publisher: Joe Books Ltd

ISBN: 1927002133

Category: Music

Page: 35

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Alan Cross is the preeminent chronicler of popular music. Here he provides a history of The Smiths, the definitive British indie band of the 1980s. This look at the band—"Those Charming Men"—is adapted from the audiobook of the same name.