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James Dean Is Not Dead Paperback – 15 Jul 1981


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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Babylon Books; 1st edition (15 July 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0907188060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907188063
  • Product Dimensions: 27.2 x 20.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,000,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before The Smiths and in-between musical stints, Morrissey wrote on popular culture. He published two works with Babylon Books: The New York Dolls (1981), about his favourite band; and James Dean is Not Dead (1983), about actor James Dean's brief career. In an interview about the cultural movie icon, Morrissey explains his obsession as follows: "I saw Rebel Without A Cause quite by accident when I was about 6. I was entirely enveloped. I did research about him and it was like unearthing Tutankhamun's tomb. His entire life seemed so magnificently perfect. What he did on film didn't stir me that much but as a person he was immensely valuable. Everything from his birth in a farming town to coming to New York, breaking into film and finding he didn't really want it when he had enormous success. At school it was an absolute drawback because nobody really cared about him. If they did, it was only in a synthetic rock and roll way. Nobody had a passion for him as I did - for that constant uneasiness with life. Even though he was making enormous strides with his craft, he was still incredibly miserable and obviously doomed. Which is exactly the quality Oscar Wilde had. That kind of mystical knowledge that there is something incredibly black around the corner. People who feel this are quite special and always end up in quite a mangled mess."

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lee moran on 7 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
bought this book about 1984ish i have read other books on the life of james dean and found this book to be well written. Mr. morrissey is a big fan of james dean and of course this comes across.The book is not worth the money wanted here,i only bought it because i was and still am a big smiths fan. There are better books out there(sorry morrissey)for example james dean the mutant king by david dalton which is really interesting.Very thin on pages this book more like a leaflet.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wariner on 30 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book to have if you are a big fan of Morrissey. I would also recommend the other two he wrote prior to The Smiths being formed. Exit Smiling and The New Yorks Dolls. I purchased those and found some positive reviews.
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By Courtney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an incredible book if you can get your hands on one! Its a casual and sincere account of Morrisey's interpretation of Deans life. Many photos and captions.
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Very Happy Morrissey/Smiths Fan 13 Nov. 2009
By Mario A. Carrasco - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Wow, this is a great read and cool collectible to own for the die hard Moz fan. The pics are amazing and Jimmy's story is told in a way only Morrissey could. I bought this as a gift for my gf, and man was it tough to hand that gift over. I will surely buy another copy as soon as I can. Do yourself a favor and buy this book! If you're a James Dean fan or just a Morrissey fan, you will love this book.
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This is a must have for any Smiths or Morrissey fan 2 Mar. 2010
By Wariner - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was written prior to The Smiths being formed. Imagine what was going through Morrissey's mind when he wrote this. I found a copy of this off of Ebay. Imagine my surprise that this book can be bought at Amazon.com for over $100. I bought a copy and can't wait to read it.
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