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Simon Goddard
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6 Sep 2012

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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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (6 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091927102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091927103
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Simon Goddard is the author of...

The Preposterous Story of Postcard Records. Published in hardback and e-book by Ebury Press.

2] ZIGGYOLOGY (2013)
A Brief History of Ziggy Stardust. Published in hardback and e-book by Ebury Press.

3] MOZIPEDIA (2009)
The Encyclopedia of Morrissey & The Smiths. Published in (blue) hardback by Ebury Press, voted Book Of The Year by the readers of MOJO magazine. Published in (red) paperback and e-book 2012.

4] SONGS THAT SAVED YOUR LIFE (remastered 2013)
The Art of The Smiths 1982-87. First demo version 2002; published 2013 in a definitive version by Titan Books.

He lives in London.

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"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 magazine)

"The next best thing to Morrissey's autobiography" (GQ magazine)

"A superb achievement" (Mojo)

"The perfect gift for any Morrissey fan" (Daily Telegraph)

"A witty, well-informed collection of fact and anecdote, full of fascinating bits and pieces" (Uncut)


"Goddard proves worthy of his subject... This is a superb achievement. ****" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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37 of 38 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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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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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mystery of Morrissey 27 Oct 2011
By Jennifer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
As the book is split into these sections, it makes it an easy to read book and it is also easy to find particular items of interest. Some passages are longer than others but you can dip in and out of this book rather than read it from cover to cover. Although I started at the beginning I did find myself dipping in and out of other parts further into the book.
I did begin this book with an open mind and did not expect too much from it as I have found in the past that many of these types of books are not very readable, or they contain the information you already know and little of what you don't.

What sets this book apart for me is the fact that this is written by a true fan, Q journalist Simon Goddard. His passion for the subject material shines through and makes the text a very interesting read, telling the story behind every song Morrissey has recorded, either as a solo artist or with The Smiths. Goddard is also the author of 'Songs That Saved Your Life' a book about the songs of The Smiths published in 2002.
It was also interesting to hear that this is the only Smiths book to earn the approval of the band's founder member and guitarist Johnny Marr.
If there is anything to criticise here it could perhaps be said that Goddard is too much of a fan and finds it hard to be negative at all, by apologising for some of Morrissey's more controversial comments, but even this did not spoil my overall enjoyment of this book.

The information included here is concise but it still flows, making the text interesting to read and not just a set of lists and facts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 17 Sep 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 23 days ago by Steve Conway
4.0 out of 5 stars An encyclopedia for Smiths/Morrissey fans
Almost 5 stars due to missing info on:
1.F - for FATWA by Mozza after author johnny rogan's book 1st edition
2.the judge who heard the Smiths high court action. Read more
Published 7 months ago by a.m.hardwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Fab book a must for a smiths / morissey fan , couldn't put this down highly recommend ideal present great price
Published 9 months ago by rudey judey
4.0 out of 5 stars I dreamt about this last night
This is such an excellent book - witty, pithy (where pith is required), exhaustive (where exhaustion is the order of the day) and profound. Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. J. McGowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
The best book on Morrissey after his autobiography of course. I love the layout of this book, it is not exactly a narrative but it is divided in sections which are alphabetically... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Makis Symeou
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the book that you'll read from start to finish..
..But I use it as a reference, reading different parts whenever I hear songs that I haven't listened to in a while. For some reason I expected more though
Published 13 months ago by zarkantzias stefanos
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Everything you've ever needed to know! The smiths are my favourite band, so this is essential reading. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lauraloveslemons
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
I purchased this as a gift for my father who is a Morrissey fan and he loved it. Would recommend
Published 17 months ago by Leahpd
5.0 out of 5 stars Who is he?
I've been trying to work out this Dude for Years...(Like the rest of the World)....Although there are no definitive answers here, it is an amazing insight into the thoughts and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Christopher Lees
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb and Essential!
An absolutely essential purchase for fans of Morrissey.

Everything you thought you knew and more. Read more
Published 20 months ago by S. Muzyka
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