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Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance [Kindle Edition]

Johnny Rogan
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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.

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'A hugely readable and fascinating book - flawlessly informed. A superb achievement.' Q (5 stars) "A page-turner of the first degree" - The Sunday Telegraph 'A bloody marvellous book.' Melody Maker "Personally I hope Johnny Rogan ends his days very soon in an M3 pile-up" - Morrissey

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3467 KB
  • Print Length: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press; Upd Rev An edition (26 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #139,173 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's the best book we've got on The Smiths... 6 Nov. 2000
... but even so deserves to be handled with a little caution. On the plus side, Rogan's research is meticulous, and if you really want to know about the young Morrissey's schooldays and so on, this is the place you should come to. It's interesting stuff, written in an interesting manner. Also, Rogan's analysis of the band politics is very good; his explanation of why the band eventually split well argued and pretty convincing...
... But that's not the whole story - it's not even the most important part of the story, in my opinion. As far as any comment on the songs goes, I'm afraid there's little to match the detail put into the biographical sections of the book. Rogan's commentary on Morrissey's lyricism tends to be either glancing or completely superficial. A shame, in many ways...
Connected with that, the well-publicised Morrissey-Rogan spat that accompanied the first publication of this book a few years back does seem - unsurprisingly - to have made Johnny Rogan far less even-handed in his treatment of his subject than he otherwise should be. The mealy-mouthed preface that accompanies the revised edition of the book is a case in point, and is perhaps better ignored altogether...
"The Severed Alliance" is, I repeat, the best work to be published on the most significant songwriting partnership of the 1980s, despite its small but significant failings. But please (please!) could someone get a move on and write something that does justice to the songs themselves?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Excellence 22 Oct. 2000
By A Customer
The "definitive story of the Smiths" is told with acute accuracy and candid honesty. Every aspect of The Smiths is scrutinised with suggested explanations, as well as the lyric content and musicological side of the Smith's complete discography being covered. This rock-biography not only disects the lives of Morrissey and Marr, but also acknowledges the importance of The Smiths in the eighties, the indie scene and in alternative music in general.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steven Patrick Morrissey...this is your life... 21 Aug. 2000
By A Customer
This book provides a very in-depth account of the Smiths from the beginning to the end. All members of the band get a look in, not just Morrissey and Marr, although the book is primarily about the massive clash of ego's that eventually led to the downfall of one of the most original and talented bands ever to grace the airwaves. It also gives an excellent insight into the mind of Morrissey...a hugely talented and very strange man. An earlier review said that Morrissey called for the author to be murdered, which is not strictly accurate. He said that he hoped that Johnny Rogan would die in a horrible motorway pile-up :) That Charming Man! All in all, well worth the read...especially if you are a fan of the music of the Smiths.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars laborious but satisfying. 3 Jun. 2005
After just discovering the smiths recently, and completely exhausting their back catalogue, i still needed something to fill my appetite all things morrissey/marr, and i was quite pleased to discover this intricate book to get my head round.
Well it's nice to say that I think this really is the definitive account on what was undoubtedly the greatest band of the 80's. The book covers all bases with almost an exhaustive amount of information at times and to be honest, it was this problem that became the books flaw. Not to say it isn't a good read, I just found myself skipping unnecesary pages on the backround of some of the members of the band or pages which didn't really seem related to the subject at hand, but it is only a minor flaw. Trust me when this book is good, it's really good and provides a clear perspective on a band which could have been misinterpreted completely and often did on many occasions.
so I really would recommend this to any smiths/morrissey fan who needs to fill time on the train to work as I did
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Severed Alliance 25 Aug. 2004
A little slow to get started, this book is definitely worth persevering with. For me, Morrissey and Marr are, individually, two of the most talented people in music. Marr is certainly my No.1 musician. Here, we are really taken into their world, amongst the chaos/genius, and are allowed to sample just what it must have been like at the 'creative edge' during the 1980's.
I actually found myself wishing that the daily slog (commute) into Canary Wharf was longer, so that I could read on......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, interesting, entertaining 28 Nov. 2012
By Guy
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The best book there is about the Smiths (and I've read a good few).

Johnny Rogan gets all the gossip and is able to give a really detailed account of the background of the members, how they got together, and how the amazing records they made came about. He never gets dull - the main focus is on the music and the human story rather than exhaustive set lists and the like, although all of that detail is in the appendix if you do want it. Whilst it is primarily a biography of the band, he spends plenty of time getting into the music and lyrics and discussing the controversies surrounding the band, for instance the alleged references to the Moors Murders in some of the lyrics.

The main focus, as you'd expect, is on the relationships within the band and the tensions which eventually led to their break up. It was clearly very much Marr and Morrissey's project, and it was perhaps inevitable that two such strong, opinionated characters wouldn't keep their partnership alive forever. I won't spoil it, but suffice to say that anyone who's read this book will be left very sceptical about the likelihood of a Smiths reunion.

PS: Morrissey doesn't come out of it smelling of roses!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A very truthful insight into the lives of Morrissey and ...
A very truthful insight into the lives of Morrissey and Marr. This books tells you what they won't and what you really wanted to know.
Published 5 months ago by Julie Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is the most interesting & informative book re the smiths/moz & marr that I have ever come across. A must read for any smith fans or indeed Morrissey/Marr fans. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sam Whitlow
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love the smiths then buy it
It gives you not just an interesting insight to The Smiths journey but also their upbringings and how similar Marr and Morrissey were before they met up in family background. Read more
Published 20 months ago by SR Tomlinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as an anniversary present for the husband
I bought this as an anniversary present for my husband and he absolutely loved it. He says it's a brilliant insight into the singer of a world renowned band.
Published 21 months ago by SNS
4.0 out of 5 stars Morrissey and Marr fans will enjoy.
This was bought as a present for a Smith's fan. I've been told it can be a little in-depth, but that might suit some more than others. Otherwise a good informative book.
Published 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Despite the heyday of The Smiths coinciding with my time at college and many of my friends being fans, I wasn't a huge admirer of their work. Read more
Published on 4 Aug. 2013 by Peter Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Fans
As a big fan I had always intended to read this and never got round to it. The book is a real insight into the band for fans and details how the band came together and the... Read more
Published on 15 Mar. 2013 by Jamesy
2.0 out of 5 stars Too trivial
I read this book when it was first published many years ago, and wasn't particularly impressed at the time. However, I thought I'd try again now I'm older and wiser. Read more
Published on 13 Feb. 2013 by Duckworth Lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I chose this book for my partner who had read some of the first edition of this & was more than pleased with it, hasn't put it down and says it is a fantastic read. Read more
Published on 29 Dec. 2012 by Fantastic Fifi
3.0 out of 5 stars this is your life
I must admit i started to read this book immediately after reading ''dear boy '' keith moons life story so maybe the anticlimax of finishing such a rivetting read made this book... Read more
Published on 1 Dec. 2012 by Anthony J
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