Autobiography is the story of Morrissey. I liked that this book had pictures throughout, I didn’t like that it didn’t really have chapters. However it was really well written and flowed well despite there being no real breaks in the book. The book talks about his time with The Smiths as well as his amazing solo career and everything in between.
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About the Book
AUTOBIOGRAPHY (Penguin Classics; On Sale: October 28, 2014; $18.00; 480 pages; 978-0-14-310750-7) is iconic singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Smiths (1982-1987), Morrissey’s life story from his birth on May 22, 1959 until the present day.
During his 26 years as a solo artist, Morrissey has had three number 1 albums in England in three different decades and has achieved eleven Top 10 albums (plus nine with the Smiths). His songs have been recorded by David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, Marianne Faithfull, Chrissie Hynde, Thelma Houston, My Chemical Romance and Christy Moore, amongst others. In his autobiography, Morrissey details his childhood and young adult years in Manchester, the formation and split up of the seminal group the Smiths, of which he was a co-founder along with Johnny Marr and his life as a solo artist. Morrissey discusses his life in Los Angeles, where he spent several years, as well as discussing other cities he lived in, various tours and recording sessions.
An animal protectionist, in 2006 Morrissey was voted the second greatest living British icon by viewers of the BBC, losing out to Sir David Attenborough. In 2007 Morrissey was voted the greatest northern male, past or present, in a nationwide newspaper poll. In 2012, Morrissey was awarded the Keys to the City of Tel-Aviv.
It has been said ‘Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that Morrissey has reached in his lifetime.’
A #1 bestselling book for 5 weeks in a row in the U.K., where it broke the record for the fastest selling music memoir of all time, beating out Keith Richards’s Life.