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Mozipedia: The Encyclopaedia of Morrissey and the Smiths Hardcover – 23 Jul 2009
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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
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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.
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.
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.
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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