Amongst the genre of 'poptastic' biography there is a vast amount of turgid retrospection within a tired over worn format. Kid 'A' plonks on guitar. Forms a band with his mates. Gigs to a record contract. Hits the charts with a bullet. Nationwide tour. Records the album in the studio. World tour. Drinks/drugs. Management hassles. Band split.
Len Brown's 'Meetings with Morrissey' manages to avoid the contemporary pop biog formula and has produced a very intelligent and insightful account of the career of this singer/songwriter covering 25 years as The Smiths frontman, and on into his solo work. The copyright is dated 2009.
Brown has a wealth of interview material from his days as a journalist on The New Musical Express and has also kept in touch with his subject via work at Granada Television in Manchester. The result is an in depth exploration of the man and his music, as well as the many influences behind the song lyrics. Committed fans or casual readers may well find in this account a refreshingly unique examination of a modern artist.