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Mozipedia: The Encyclopaedia of Morrissey and the Smiths [Kindle Edition]

Simon Goddard
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Book Description

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.

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"It's the undertaking of a maniac and Goddard succeeds like a genius... the fullest portrait of Morrissey yet put to paper. Goddard has become what Hunter Davies is to The Beatles or Jon Savage is to punk; the number one authority on the subject. ****" -- Q, September 2009

This book is the perfect festive gift for any Morrissey fan, who would be unsurprised to learn that Mozza himself finds Christmas "fairly annoying".
--The Daily Telegraph, 28 November, 2009

"Goddard proves worthy of his subject... This is a superb achievement. ****" -- Mojo, September 2009


"Goddard proves worthy of his subject... This is a superb achievement. ****"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3040 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (24 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ROGD2Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,891 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mr Goddard is the author of several books about the gramophone industry including Rollaresque and Ziggyology, his two personal favourites.

He is published by Ebury through Penguin Random House in London, and is represented by Jenny Brown Associates in Edinburgh.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A staggering achievement 17 July 2009
This book has been a long ime in gestation. Goddard has a great pedigree on this subject (Songs That Saved Your Life), and the omens were good for this exhaustive tome - you will not be disappointed. Truly, truly. Astounding. He draws all possible recordings, unreleased material, influences, and, for the first time, an in-depth look at all Morrissey's solo output. I kept looking to see "I wonder if he's got that bit in?", looking for obscure references - and every time, the answer was yes. There's stuff in here for the beginner, the knowledgeable fan, the absolute know-it-all. And still more. This book will, for years to come, be the most authoritative and insightful book on the subject of Morrissey & The Smiths. Oh, and it's a quality, well-put-together, stylish book.

A stunning piece of work.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exhaustive in detail and fascinating in content 26 July 2009
By Stephen Lloyd VINE VOICE
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I'm only a third of the way through this mighty tomb of a book but still I feel confident enough to proclaim it the most valuable and informative document on Morrissey and The Smiths to date.

The wealth of detail is seriously heart stopping. Goddard is to be commended for the work and research he has so clearly invested in his subjects.

Without doubt this is a work for the fan. I suspect that any casual reader stumbling upon this book would be tortured and rendered numb by the depth of interest in Morrissey's passions and psyche contained within.

Were it solely based on Goddard's song by song analysis this book would be a masterpiece. With equal attention given to the likes of smiths clothing, obscure heroes and Morrissey's interest in stationary however, the book becomes an essential masterpiece.

I cannot see this work ever being bettered. Truly essential.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 17 Sept. 2009
There can be no doubt that this is the greatest piece of "Moz scholarship" so far.
As a list/review of Morrissey's sources of inspiration, this is quite staggering - Goddard has clearly spent a lot of time reliving Morrissey's cultural life, studying films and books (not to mention music) that even most Moz fans won't be aware he has ever mentioned, and finding their lyrical/musical/soundbite links to the Morrissey creeative oeuvre.
All of the newest/most interesting detail from "Songs That Saved Your Life" is recapitualted here, plus additional commentary from Marr and others. (Goddard's even taken a more generous view of certain songs). Importantly, in his research of Morrissey's solo career he's turned up a great deal of previously unknown information - unreleased and rare songs are discussed, mysterious figures in the Morrissey legend are interviewed or profiled (and new ones are revealed: I knew nothing of Moz's friendship with Chas Smash and its ramifications). And a lot of David Bret's poor research has been corrected (thankfully).
The only flaws are in his musical criticism of the solo career. It's clear that even after all these years he's a Smiths loyalist: a number of Moz fans are not overly fond of Jesse Tobias's writing, but on closer inspection there aren't many Alain Whyte songs that Goddard appreciates either! He tows the party line on the subject of Maladjusted (and its botched-up reissue), and nothing he may say will convince me that Years Of Refusal wasn't a self-parodic waste of time.
But such is the size and scale of this book that these problems hardly even register. It is somewhat of a masterpiece.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MOZZERIAN BEAUTY 23 Aug. 2009
By Gideon
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Speechless? Oh, yes.

Painstakingly researched, supremely well written, deliciously infuriating, MOZIPEDIA is all you ever wanted to know about Mr Morrissey and always dared to ask.

Everything is here: music, literature, films, heroes and villains, all beautifully printed and packaged. From a-ha to Yuro, a kaleidoscope we will never tire of exploring.

Music Book Of The Year. No contest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book is incredibly informative and insightful in regards to every aspect or link to the Smiths heritage and Morrissey's solo career.
Goddard has found some really strange references and the photo sections are also admirable (however, I would have preferred if the images --or more images, even black n white-- were scattered all over the book over the references to which they referred, as it looks and feels far too much like an encyclopedia-- which it professes to be be, so my wrong!)
Anyone researching on the Smiths, as I am, for a personal project, will find this book a great first step, and in connection with Goddard's other Smiths book "The Smiths Songs That Saved Your Life" and both Rogan's "Visual Dictionary" and the, much falsely, maligned "The Severed Alliance", you're in for a headtrip in regards to the wonderful weird and obscure trivia that you'll find about Mozzer, Marr and Co!
P.S. I would have loved more info on the Moz-Linder Sterling connection, as my project focuses a lot on that relationship, as it definitely influenced his singing, performance and celibacy issues/spin when he later formed the Smiths with Marr, Rourke and Joyce; even so, it still remains firstly and more importantly: a hugely enjoyable read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I concur 16 Nov. 2009
A spectacular book, written in a way I'm sure Morrissey himself would approve of. The level of detail is mind-blowing and I would easily rate this as one of the top books this year.
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