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"[A] meticulous biography…This exhaustive, well-researched account brings fresh detail and thought to the party." (The Sunday Times)
"A finely judged re-telling of a remarkable tale with valuable first-hand accounts of the band’s American adventures, their rapid development into a wonderful live act, plus insights into the spiralling pressures and frictions that faced the individual band members." (Sabotage Times)
"An exhaustive labour of love that was three years in the writing but which will be lapped up by fans of the band...written with a real sense of love and affection for the group who, though they were only together for a mere five years, tilted the world on its axis to a degree not seen since the heyday of the Beatles and the Stones…Fletcher is excellent when it comes to widening the view to include the cultural and historical factors behind the band's emergence and the city from which they came." (Irish Independent)
"The story of the Smiths told on the basis of interviews with just about every surviving participant in the Smiths' story. As the story winds on, a chain of no-shows, fits of pique and self-sabotage ... reaches its denouement with an episode from April 1987, just prior to the band's formal break-up. Fletcher is the first writer to have got the full story. Such material highlights the extent to which Fletcher has done his research." (Guardian)
"Tony Fletcher’s account is a highly enjoyable way of revisiting [the] story. Crucially, he avoids areas well-served by other Smiths tomes and brings sufficient new material to reward even well-read fans…It’s a tale that’s been told before, but in his biography of the Manchester four-piece Tony Fletcher reveals new details and brings new depths to the story of Morrissey, Marr, Rourke, Joyce and the birth of the band." (Mojo)
The first group biography of one of the greatest British bands of all time - The Smiths.See all Product Description
Not surprisingly, this book isn't really for women. It's written from a male fan's point of view, with lots of tedious facts and geeky details. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Carolyn Smith
really interesting and great book for smiths fan but if you havent heard of them or dont adore them you might not like it as much but it's still interesting and really well writtenPublished 17 months ago by daniel
A very readable and enlightening take on an already well-worn saga. No new info but immensely enjoyable. Worth every pennyPublished 19 months ago by Jonathan Muirhead
In many ways this is a very good and interesting book, and I don't want to take anything away from any positive comments made by other reviewers. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Biggis
Having seen the Smiths live in 1984, I wanted to delve into their world once again and was not disappointed in Tony Fletcher's biography. Read morePublished 22 months ago by anna birschel