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Book Description

5 Dec 2013

This full-colour edition of Autobiography includes new images chosen by Morrissey and a full Discography of Morrissey's work.

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.'

Autobiography covers Morrissey's life from his birth until the present day.

On Autobiography:

'With a life steeped in the acute articulation of what it feels like to be an "outsider's outsider"... Mr M continues to stir and shake us up. He's made a profound connection and difference to a multitude of lives. God bless Morrissey and all who ever dared to sail forth, with or without a compass'

Annie Lennox

'A rococo triumph'

The Independent

'Brilliant and relentless. Genius, really'

Douglas Coupland

'A beautifully measured prose style that combines a lilting, poetic turn of phrase and acute quality of observation'

The Telegraph

'Funnier than The Iliad'

BBC Radio 4

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Special edition edition (5 Dec 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0141395087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141395081
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (372 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With a life steeped in the acute articulation of what it feels like to be an "outsider's outsider"... Mr M continues to stir and shake us up. He's made a profound connection and difference to a multitude of lives. God bless Morrissey and all who ever dared to sail forth, with or without a compass (Annie Lennox)

A rococo triumph (Independent)

Brilliant and relentless. Genius, really (Douglas Coupland)

A beautifully measured prose style that combines a lilting, poetic turn of phrase and acute quality of observation (The Telegraph)

Funnier than the Iliad (BBC Radio 4)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite 13 Jan 2014
He's the only pop star who my heart still beats a little bit strangely for, so a read of this was inevitable. The wish is that he'd been guided to elaborating the first third, an absorbing impressionistic swipe around his childhood and Manchester full of tantalising anecdotal nuggets, then the Smiths as the great leap free, and that would have done: instead the group is tied up and abandoned in about thirty pages, and then after a little solo life we're into the Court Case, where the writing slumps and it's a bit like peering through the blinds of a Dickensian studio where a gibbering old man fling documents in the air and says, Look, I was right, look, I was right, over and over again. Then it's a final 100 or so pages about audience love on endless tours and that's it. You can see why the court thing obsesses him - having escaped his uniformed comprehensive inferno, suddenly, there he is, back in the schoolmasterish world of British justice, being smacked down by Authority yet again. But it's hard to understand why a wealthy and intelligent man couldn't get decent legal representation and appears to be left floundering with an elusive bunch of half-wits. The big gap is a glimpse of the engine room where the Morrissey/Marr chemistry took fire and blazed down the building: the creative process is hard to describe, but if that's what makes certain lives worth living, then for god's sake, at least have a go. It could really have been worthy of its publishing house; but, as it is, not quite.
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191 of 215 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My review - by Morrissey 1 Nov 2013
By Rough Diamond TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Train, heave on to Euston. Awaiting the launch of my Autobiography, Penguin Books have incarcerated me in a tawdry penthouse flat at 6 Grosvenor Square. The harsh London light through the floor-to-ceiling windows peels my eyeballs, my feet wince at the coarse touch of the cashmere and angora carpet, and as I numb the pain with a third Grey Goose, my mind drifts back to Nan's tenement at 69 Saddleworth Cuttings, Strangeways. Here, behind the rainy Salford Road, I would watch the damp grey wallpaper peeling slowly off the walls, licking my wounds after yet another day of casual brutality from the callous, sadistic teachers of Rusholme Secondary Modern, where the education was never modern, and my needs and feelings were always secondary.

The doorbell rings. Is it Jobraith? Is it The New York Dolls, on bended knee, begging me to become their lead singer? No, alas, it is the frightful and blancmange-like Debbie, my PA from Penguin, clutching an advance copy of my book. My heart sinks from wounds already inflicted and wounds still to come. Already the Penguin philistines have rejected my glamorous cover art (a black and white Alain Delon posing naked over Oscar Wilde's grave, drinking a glass of milk). Typical. I tear disinterestedly at the brown paper, fearing the worst. The cover is predictably a travesty. Although it mentions my name (in an insultingly small typeface) and features a dismissively small photograph of me, over 50% of the surface area is utterly wasted and makes no reference to me at all. Not one. It is yet another nail hammered through my palm by the uncaring powers that be.
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98 of 112 people found the following review helpful
By i wrote this TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
There is a moment in his autobiography where Morrissey complains about the disappointment of his lunches with surviving members of the New York Dolls. They aren't at all interested in him, don't want to talk about the things that fascinate him about the Dolls and are just not the people that existed in his mind; a perfect allegory for this hugely disappointing and woefully undisciplined book that is still as compelling as lunch with David Johansen probably is.

It turns out that Morrissey doesn't want to talk about what interests me. His relationship with his father, the meaning behind his lyrics, how the songs were composed, walking out on the David Bowie tour, playing with three fifths of the ex Smiths at Wolverhampton whilst 2 were suing him, the Jonny Rogan biography, none of that gets a mention. Because Morrissey wants to slag off Geoff Travis and Judge John Weeks for page after page after page. He even repeats the same insults (seriously, get an editor!).
He also wants to slate most of the people he has worked with, obsess over chart positions and generally blame every record company and manager he has worked with for anything that has gone wrong in his adult life. I can't help thinking that the thing all these people have in common is Morrissey. Reading the excellent Mozipedia reveals several other collaborators unnamed in Autobiography who had to take legal action against him after his mother called them to say that they would not be getting paid... I digress.

This book confirms that Morrissey is just not the person he is in my head. I had guessed as much, but the person that emerges from Autobiography is not one that I warmed to at all. He's funny. He loves pop music and films.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Page after page of sniping rage. 16 Jan 2014
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Morrissey certainly has a wonderful turn of phrase but I found the vitriol running through the book to be somewhat unpalatable. The book in parts descends into a rant and is somewhat repetitive. As a lifelong Smiths/Morrissey fan I felt there were many questions that were perhaps glossed over and too much detail regarding certain events such as the court case. I also felt the lack of chapter breaks together with Morrissey jumping from subject to subject and back again was of detriment.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like it
I was really really looking forward to this book way before it was published, but I'm very disappointed. Sorry to say it as a massive fan.. Read more
Published 1 day ago by grobbiesm
5.0 out of 5 stars Morrissey in fine cutting form
What the world has been waiting for.
As a morrissey fan this book was just fantastic and i loved every page of it
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Published 8 days ago by mohammed darr
4.0 out of 5 stars He compares Glastonbury to "Gdansk trenches of war-torn Poland". But...
Morrissey's Autobiography is at turns fascinating, hilarious, disjointed, self indulgent, entertaining, rubbish and brilliant. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Arthur Askey's Legs
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good
I can not get into this autobiography as a very slow start but will try again when I have nothing to read
Published 10 days ago by Gary McGrogan
5.0 out of 5 stars Morrissey Autobiography
I bought this book for a very special friend and he thinks it is a very good read and was delighted with it
Published 11 days ago by Audreybev
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and poetic
I can't fault Autobiography. It wasn't what I expected but that didn't matter. The detail remembered from his childhood days is voluminous, and there are fascinating insights... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Roland Boland
2.0 out of 5 stars Ooh, get you!
Steve, as i call him, has gone down further in my estimation, and this is bearing in mind that I haven't bought none of his records since 1989, so it wasn't overly high for much of... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Richard Shillam
3.0 out of 5 stars A nave little boy everyone wants to take advantage of
What's depressing about this book is Morrissey is fine with, even proud of, that nave image. When you read his account of Glastonbury in the mud, which he writes as if he's landed... Read more
Published 15 days ago by P. J. Edwards
1.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant !"!!!
Which bit did I like best??
The last section which is entirely dedicated to a date by date recounting of his last tour (someone must have given him a diary for Christmas)... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Martin
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