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Part genius, part hack work, but compulsive reading all the same,
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This review is from: Morrissey: The Albums (Paperback)This is a brilliantly sharp book that anybody with a passing interest in The Smiths or Morrissey will enjoy. It's compulsive reading and I struggled to put it down and get on with anything until it was finsihed.
If you haven't read Johny Rogan's legendary Smiths biography 'Morrissey and Marr: the severed Alliance' then do get that first as it is rightly recognised by critics as one of the best rock books of all time and regulalry pops up in 'best book' lists in magazines like Q, Mojo and Word.
It should be noted that fthe irst half of this book is a cut and paste job from a CD sized book Rogan wrote in the late 90's. Also, I personally enjoyed the track by track treatment of the Smiths albums in the book 'The Songs that Saved your Life' more then I did here. But that book doesn't feature the solo tracks so this one has a slight edge.