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Steven Patrick Morrissey was born in Manchester on May 22nd 1959. Singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Smiths (1982-1987), Morrissey has been a solo artist for twenty-six years, during which time he has had three number 1 albums in England in three different decades.

Achieving eleven Top 10 albums (plus nine with the Smiths), his songs have been recorded by David Bowie,
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Paperback, Penguin Classics, 457 pages
Published October 17th 2013 by Penguin Books
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Clint
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Morrissey is the most infuriating, arrogant, self-pitying drama queen you will ever come across, and he rules so hard. This book is a train wreck, it has no organization (no chapters!), the first paragraph is about ten pages long, there are tons of references to his own songs, tons of hokey alliteration, his command of Mexican-American slang is just pitiful, he suddenly, and frequently goes off on tangents totally unrelated to what he's talking about at any certain point (like, for example, ...more
Andrew Schirmer
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, music
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It was a good read...
Jaidee
Nov 16, 2013 rated it liked it
3 " oh dear Morrissey" stars !!

2015 Review I had the most fun writing!!

As you read my review, have a listen to one of our most misunderstood geniuses:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhdOQ...


Here is a trivia question:

Which are facts about Morrissey?

a) Morrissey is a musical wonder.
b) Morrissey should have been born nobility but instead was born to a poor Manchester family
c) Morrissey is a whiny drama queen that needs to get over himself.
d) Morrissey is disappointed in everybody that he meets.
e)
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Julio Genao
Apr 17, 2014 marked it as no
Recommends it for: myself, 20 years ago.
Recommended to Julio by: nobody who knows me now.
oh, moz.

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"Morrissey, though, didn’t have to attain the chip of being needily undervalued; he was born with it. He tells us he ditched “Steve”, his given name, to be known by his portentous unimoniker because — deep reverential breath here — great classical composers only have one name. Mussorgsky, Mozart, Morrissey.

His most pooterishly embarrassing piece of intellectual social climbing is having this autobiography published by Penguin Classics. Not Modern Classics, you understand, where the
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Mariel
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: the world created me
Recommended to Mariel by: well there must be
Shelves: my-love-life
From nowhere comes the California cobra chords of Run run run by Jo Jo Gunne and Heaven must have sent you by the Elgins- wide variables on an open pitch, all adapting to different listeners- the well and the ill. All of this starts me, and I cannot stop. If I can barely speak (which is true), then I shall surely sing.


The fields run to the edges of the pages, gilted leaves tucked as a mark between to say, to someone (anyone?) this is still happening. Haircuts bob up and down in television seas.
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Daniel
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
"Whatever is sung is the case."

The first hundred or so pages of Autobiography are poetry of a kind and Morrissey is at his captivating best when setting the scenes of his youth, or when pouring over the beauty in the art of others; they read as the greatest of (once) unpublished reviews. Particularly affecting is his recounting of loss and death. Those who own part of his heart falling to time and chance, and his expressed pain moved me in a way unexpected of so few words (but, like a poet,
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Michael
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It has been some considerable time since I have hated a book as much as this one, as is evidenced by the amount of time it took me to finish it.

It starts off promisingly enough, with a colourful description of the Manchester of Morrissey's childhood, and some accounts of the television programmes, music and poets that inspired him. That first 20% of the book was actually pretty good - it clearly was the section of the book that he spent the most time on, and it was interesting to read his
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Matt
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
PENGUIN BOOKS: So Moz, can you give us an idea of what your proposed autobiography will be like?

MORRISSEY: A Manchester childhood of misery upon melancholy upon misfortune, devoid of glamor, absent any hint of human kindness or scrap of salvation save the New York Dolls and Ziggy Stardust unfit for occupations of any sort with death at every door in a society where molesting children is fit for barristers and barons but animals are abused without mercy so I stood up and left Nancy Sinatra at the
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MJ Nicholls
A late-bloomer Smiths fan, more obsessed with heirs Belle & Sebastian, still teenage enough for the songs to resonate, mature enough for them not to mean the whole world. And then a later-blooming solo-Moz fan, immature enough for the songs to resonate, mature enough to recognise a fading in artistry. The autobio is another stellar achievement in which scores are settled, scabs are picked and re-swabbed, revenge and forgiveness are dispensed where appropriate, the Smiths court case is ...more
Lucy Banks
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I actually read this book a while back - and decided today would be the day to leave a review.

Firstly, a disclaimer... I am a die-hard Smiths fan. So much so, that I actually have a tattoo of Morrissey's face on my left calf. So, it's probably not a surprise to see that I rate this book highly.
However, just to clarify, had the book been appalling, I wouldn't have. See, I may love the great man himself, but I am also able to be objective. Ahem.

Anyway - it's a fabulously entertaining book.
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Arhondi
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
I would never think that I would rate a book written by my teenage idol, Morrissey, with just 2 stars, but it's true. He clearly does know how to write a sentence and his vocabulary is more than fancy and surely enough, can put a lot of English people digging up their dictionaries. He does know his British culture. However, his self absorbed side gets the best of him. That being said, I take it only as an aspect of his well crafted persona, that he has struggled to create since he was a young ...more
Michaela
Oct 22, 2013 rated it liked it
STOP PRESS: MORRISSEY IS A CANTANKEROUS OLD GRUMP SHOCKER!
This is not news to anyone. Neither is the fact that he is hilarious, likes (liked?) poetry, or holds a grudge longer than anyone on earth. Yet, from reviews I've read of Autobiography, this appears to be a revelation. Let's face it. You know what you're getting with Morrissey. Of course it's narcissistic (plus it's a flippin' autobiography - who's it going to be about???). The surprise is that the book isn't cohesive. It's a book of two
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Antonomasia
The beginning of Autobiography made me notice how much I'd changed in the 15 or so months between the book's release and getting round to reading the thing. In late 2013 I was still entrenched in ideas from psychology that I'd read 3-5 years earlier and was judgemental with it (albeit less so out loud). Though becoming less judgemental was also related to one branch of that, as the person-centred process gradually worked its magic. I had found Morrissey's writing at the beginning of the book ...more
Tosh
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A great memoir needs a strong character who writes, and Morrissey takes that role to the maximum. Overall each page has a quotable sentence or two, and the way he constructs his sentences is a beauty in form. The narrative is not important but its the way he tells the tale, and that he does very well.

A long-time fan or student of Morrissey will not learn anything new. He does get personal in his own way regarding his love life, which is vague, but one is allowed to connect the dots. There are
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☙ percy ❧
morrissey is marmite. there is no inbetween; you will either love this book and want to praise it from the rooftops, or hate it with every fibre of its being and fling it into the trash.

the funniest part is that all of this book's criticisms are absolutely true. yes, it is indeed narcissistic, melodramatic, self-indulgent and ridiculous, and quite frankly that's why i like it so much. morrissey just does not give a fuck. he's writing what he wants to write because fuck you, that's why.

although,
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James
Oct 22, 2013 rated it liked it
A good chunk of this is great. Well-written, insightful, throws up some interesting historical/personal context for Morrissey's creative work, and accurately reflects his presumed personality. The fact that he continues a despairing attitude from the description of his younger years right through the lifetime of The Smiths is understandable, and the in-depth analysis of the music important to him growing up points to why he would so obsessively note down every chart position of his career.

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Anna Kļaviņa
I'm fan of Morrissey and The Smiths however I'm not much into celebrity personal life and so I knew next to nothing about him or the band before reading this book.

But, of course, I'd heard of Morrissey being self-centred and arrogant prick but while reading and googling a lot, I come to conclusion that's bullshit. And now, I how to say that after reading his autobiography, I've found him likeable and all kind of awesome human being. And he can write

I expected it to be bleak read and while
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Amar Pai
Oct 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
zzzzzzzzz. skimming thru this with alacrity. it's not like I was expecting "Life" by Keith Richards but come on moz, you're gonna spend half the book moaning about how much school sucked ? I could take it in song ( "Beligerent ghouls / run Manchester schools" ) but the saving grace of the smiths was morrissey's sense of humor , which is nowhere to be found in this autobio. just page after page of dour pseudo literary posturing about Manchester, Oscar Wilde, etc. so. boring. now I know how Joan ...more
martha
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Like a great number of people who have read this book, I am a long-time and ardent Smiths/Morrissey fan. I had been waiting for this book to be published even before I knew there would actually ever be one. With that said, there were a lot of things I liked about it, but also some which I didn't care for.

I once read an interview with Morrissey where he said that everything people needed to know about him was already in his songs, after reading "Autobiography" I truly believe it now.They are
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Lord Beardsley
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, read2013
Oh sheesh, y'all. Not since reading 'Me Talk Pretty One Day' have I laughed as much as I did whilst reading this 457 page opus.

Nonstop LOLS.

This is 100% hardcore, uncut, Morrissey bitching about ingratitude, loathing, meat eaters, and various other things he hates. If you can't handle the HeAT(e) <- ok i tried, then get out of the angry vegetarian kitchen. But if you're like me, and you love bitchery (which autocorrect just changed to "butchery" oh the irony!), walls of text, and unhealthy
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Laurie
I was going to write a grand, illuminating review of Mozzer's book, but alas I just cannot gather my thoughts cohesively enough to do justice. Therefore, these are my disjointed thoughts and quotes that spoke to me:

~This book is a treasure trove of music and film references. I found myself making playlists from the get-go. It's fun to hear and see what has inspired and continues to inspire Morrissey.

~From the very first page this was one of the most brilliantly written books I've ever read. It
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Arthur Graham
Oct 28, 2013 marked it as to-read
I think I'll hold off on reading Moz's bitter, self-indulgent, precious little memoir a bit longer, and I'll keep listening to all of his bitter, self-indulgent, precious little songs instead:

There's A Place In Hell For Me And My Friends
You're Gonna Need Someone on Your Side
Let the Right One Slip In
We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful
Nobody Loves Us
Boy Racer
Interesting Drug
Boxers
First of the Gang to Die
I'm Not Sorry
All You Need is Me
Sing Your Life
We'll Let You Know
Last of the Famous
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Carol
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it
I listened to this audiobook in small doses, which may have even toned down Morrissey's anger. Moz is one angry dude. I have no doubt that he was wronged by the government of Great Britain, the press, and fellow musicians and targeted for his social and personal beliefs. Still, the obsessive catalog of misdeeds against him made for an uncomfortable listen as his absolute inability to let go of seemingly every wrong was disturbing.
As a champion of misfits, it was depressing to hear multiple
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I probably would've given this five stars had it not been for the absurdly long section on the Smiths trial. While I understand Moz's need to set the record straight from his POV, I would've still seen his points in a fraction of the word count and with a lot less repetition. Reading it was akin to watching a wounded animal strike out at its tormentors. The bitterness bled through what seemed like freshly sutured lacerations, despite the passing of so much time. That section notwithstanding,
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Tim
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a long time Smiths/Morrissey fan I was excited to get my hands on this book, and largely it doesn’t disappoint. I would go so far as to say that this is one of the most incredible books I have ever read. It’s not your typical autobiography, so much so that for the first page or so it completely threw me. The account of his early years and the rise of The Smiths are full of sadness, wit, tenderness and betrayal. His description of his school days, and the vile bullying teachers of St Mary’s, ...more
Davidg
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Imagine the story of The Smiths written as a bad novel narrated by a whining teenager - a sub sub sub 'Catcher in the Rye'. And here it is.

It takes several pages for the idea of paragraphs to take hold but even then they can start talking of one thing and end up being about something else. No wonder he has no idea of splitting the books into chapters.

Everyone who doesn't fall into raptures at the sight of our whinging hero is immediately branded as some hopeless loser. So, every teacher, EVERY
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Brian
Jan 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Morrissey's long-ish autobiography is at its best when he is writing about the things he is most enthusiastic about (his teenage love of the New York Dolls, David Bowie, T. Rex, Jobraith, the Sex Pistols, and the Ramones; his best friendships; his fans; the musical output of The Smiths). When he is a critic (his bleak upbringing in Manchester; the litigious entanglements of The [Post-] Smiths; NME), he becomes insufferable (mostly because he is long-winded in these sections), though his ...more
Robert
Nov 27, 2013 rated it liked it

Moz's autobiography is exactly what I expected ; sarcastic , quotable (though he is a better songwriter) and full of hatred for his ex label , bandmates and critics. It's not too insightful (there's Johnny Rogan's bio for that) but there's an entertainment factor. HOWEVER what sort of ruins this from being a thoroughly enjoyable read is that there are way too many digressions and events are presented haphazardly. I wouldn't call it a classic but it's something a diehard Smiths fan should check
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Lara
Jan 09, 2014 added it
Shelves: 2014
Oh, Morrissey. I loved you, deeply, in high school and college. I still dig your music, but cannot force myself to plod through your book. Sorry, dude.
Stefan Garcia
Nov 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have just read this book in a day, after a London friend sent it to me here in South America. Having listened to the naysayers on the BBC beforehand, I was not expecting much in terms of style and substance, but I knew that regardless I would enjoy this book because snippets of his voice interviews have me in ecstatic paroxysms. A whole book! I cried myself into nirvana so often. That's what his words do to me.

To love is the fact that he writes like a dream, an exhilarating nightmare really,
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Steven Patrick Morrissey (born 22 May 1959), known primarily as Morrissey, is an English lyricist and singer. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the alternative rock band the Smiths. The band was highly successful in the UK but broke up in 1987, and Morrissey began a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom on ten occasions. ...more
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