A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of The Smiths
It’s almost twenty years since I read Johnny Rogan’s seminal tome, Morrissey and Marr: The Severed Alliance. In those pre-internet days, before the Smiths were an “institution” worthy of the covers of such traditionalist music papers as Mojo and Uncut, Rogan’s tell all biography was a revelation. Up until then, verything I’d read about my beloved band had been assembled in snippets – an NME article here, a music encyclopaedia entry there. The fact that Morrissey called down a fatwa on the author ...more
Nevertheless The Smiths were a perfect band at a very specific and important time in pop music history. in the land of the 'New Romantic ...more
The Smiths were REALLY working class. They had sullen parents & went to terrible schools. Apparently, all of Morrisey's wisdom derived from one book his mother gave him -- "The Collected Works of Oscar Wilde" -- when he was 17. He is no doubt the most introverted guy ever to be a major rockstar. Compared to hi ...more
But their continued press presence sparks this question from my husband.
“Why are they still on the cover of magazines?” he asks, shaking his head. “They broke up 25 years ago!”
The Smiths were a beautiful thing and Johnny left it, and Mike has destroyed it.
I realized overall how little I knew about them. Hell, I didn't know until I read this that "Louder Than ...more
I grew up with The Smiths’ music, but I wasn’t one of their greatest fans. But after reading this book I listen to the music in a different way.
Unlike Paul Brannigan’s biography of Dave Grohl (This is a call), Tony Fletcher is a very sympathetic author. He doesn’t name drop for the sake of it or show off. As he says at the start of the book he doesn’t star ...more
As a big (if not a long standing) Smiths fan, the book ...more
A Light That Never Goes Out did a very good job of telling the story of The Smiths. I'm not a big fan of The Smiths or that whole genre of music, but I found the story very interesting. I am a fan of biographies of the music industry and found Tony Fletcher quite capable of catching the essence of the band and laying it all out for the reader to take in. I'm looking forward to reading his biography of Keith Moon!
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The book did get me back into re-listening to The Smiths, and like with any truly great band, their music stands the test of time. It's really amazing as a mid-40s guy now to realize that the songs are ...more