- Paperback: 624 pages
- Publisher: Omnibus Press; Upd Rev An edition (13 Jun. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780383045
- ISBN-13: 978-1780383040
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 5 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Morrissey and Marr: The Severed Alliance Updated Twentieth Anniversary Edition Paperback – 13 Jun 2012
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'A hugely readable and fascinating book - flawlessly informed. A superb achievement.' --q
"A page-turner of the first degree" --Sunday Telegraph
'A bloody marvellous book.' --Melody Maker
About the Author
Johnny Rogan's back catalogue includes highly acclaimed biographies/musical studies of The Byrds, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Roxy Music, the Kinks, John Lennon and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The much respected, groundbreaking Starmakers & Svengalis: The History Of British Pop Management was adapted for a six week BBC series and is now a university set text. His last major biography, Van Morrison: No Surrender (Secker & Warburg) was included in The Sunday Times Top Ten Books of the Year.
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... 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?
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
I actually found myself wishing that the daily slog (commute) into Canary Wharf was longer, so that I could read on......
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 19 months ago by Spiv
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 morePublished on 9 Jun. 2014 by Sam Whitlow
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 morePublished on 5 Jan. 2014 by SR Tomlinson
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 on 29 Nov. 2013 by SNS
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 on 7 Sept. 2013 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on 4 Aug. 2013 by Peter Lee
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 morePublished on 15 Mar. 2013 by Jamesy
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 morePublished on 13 Feb. 2013 by Duckworth Lewis
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 morePublished on 29 Dec. 2012 by Fantastic Fifi