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Saint Morrissey Hardcover – 1 April 2004 Hardcover – 1 Jan 2001
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"A provocative and precocious read.... Smiths fans will love it, and even Morrissey himself might arch an eyebrow in appreciation." -- Peter Watts, Time Out
"A superb rockumentary of Morrisssey - witty, stylish, adoring, intellectually watertight." -- Paul Flynn, Attitude
"Entertaining and perceptive... written with real flair." -- Steve Jelbert, The Times, 24 Nov 03.
"Saint Morrissey says more... than a thousand interviews with cousins and primary teachers ever could." -- LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS
"Simpson is funny, clever, honest, irreverent and egotistical: quite the match for Morrissey. More biographies should be written this way." -- INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY Books of the Year
"Simpson writes with enough panache to make most of his peers toss their laptops into the waste disposal and weep." -- Independent on Sunday, 16 Nov 03
"Sublime.... No one has written this sensitively or intelligently about Morrissey." -- Brian Pera, 'San Francisco Bay Guardian'
A fitting, dazzling, handsome tribute. Read this book. -- Dermod Moore, THE HOT PRESS
Like his subject, incurable super-fan Simpson is constantly amusing and provocative...A book Morrissey will claim to hate, but secretly love. -- Ian Harrisson, MOJO
Simpson is funny, clever, honest, irreverent and egotistical: quite the match for Morrissey. More biographies should be written this way. -- Laurence Phelan, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY Books of the Year
In this wickedly funny and deeply sacrilegious portrait, Morrissey isn't quite so enigmatic as he might first appear. To understand this most private and sexually ambivalent of stars and his seemingly erratic behaiviour, one needs only to do one thing. Listen to him. Mark Simpson offers the finest phsychological profile to date of England's most intelligent, most misunderstood, most charming and most alarming pop star.
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Rogan's oeuvre, in a sense, it the flip-side of Saint Morrissey; it exemplifies the desperate need of a really obsessed fan to know everything there is to know about their hero. Its the literary equivalent of those Morrissey fans who rip their idol's shirt to pieces when he throws it into the crowd at the end of a gig.
But Simpson's is a more tender vivisection altogether. It caresses its subject, shares its secrets: butterfly kisses. Its Simpson's playfulness with language and ideas as much as his insight into the Morrissey phenomenon that makes this one of the great pop biographies of recent years. You could turn the final page of the Severed Alliance, still confused as to the worldwide appeal of this most English Lancastrian lyricist; Simpson's intelligent exposition of the universal themes of masculinity, loss and desire which permeate Morrissey's work leaves you in so such doubt.
This is, put simply, a book to buy in hardback.
As the title and the cover image suggest, ‘Saint Morrissey’ is well aware of the essential comedy (and tragedy) of so much of Morrissey’s life and work. Simpson’s ‘psycho-bio’ has many, many laugh-out-loud moments and gets convincingly close to the man and his muse. It’s a real, provocative pleasure to read.
If you’re looking for in-depth interviews with the drummer, gossip, or trainspottery fixation on Smiths trivia look elsewhere.
If on the other hand you want a funny, stylish, sharply-written psychological profile of ‘the last pop star’ (as Simpson describes him) putting him in the context of the great, world-changing tradition of English pop music and culture, this is for you.
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