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Morrissey: Scandal and Passion

3.16  ·  Rating details ·  129 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Alternately idolized and derided, Morrissey is perhaps the only English pop star to have successfully created his own culture: an eccentric world of foibles, insuppressible opinions, and bizarre obsessions. He claims to have loved rarely, and despite leading an intensely private life, his sexuality has been the subject of acres of press coverage. The Smiths were one of the ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Robson Books (first published January 1st 1994)
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Dec 13, 2007 rated it did not like it
This book is full of inaccuracies,rubbish writing,and bizarre references to french people, don't read it if you don't need to.
Barry Lillie
Nov 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Nothing new here, nothing revealing, in fact a rather bland biography of one of music industry's most enigmatic singers/artists. At least David Bret agrees that Morrissey is a lyric writing genius. Sadly it's full of track-listings and waffle and if I had to read the word 'opines' one more time, I'd quite cheerfully strangle this charming man...
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
A very goofy book; lots of references to the development of Morrissey's pecs and embarrassing gushing. But, like me, you'll probably read it anyway.
Nov 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a great book on Morrissey because it teaches you so much about his place in the world of music and his persona, but the "true" Steven Morrissey still remains a mystery.
Before reading this, I didn't know much about the history of Morrissey or the Smiths, and this was a really well-written and well-researched bio- great for those of us who were born after the Smiths' explosion. Bret explores the legends and the rumors and tries to get to the bottom of most of them- but a few (such as the
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the first books I ever read because I actually wanted to (the other firsts were The Firm and Jurassic Park!! entertaining thrillers for sure). My first job was at Haagen-Dazs in South Coast Plaza when I was 14. On my breaks, I would go to the B. Dalton across the hall and read this book. Everything in it that was non-Morrissey was brand new to me, like all the context of 1960s-1980s England, much of the music that inspired Morrissey, like the New York Dolls, or the fact that some ...more
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
saw Morrissey in mexico city a few months back and he was great. the book is interesting but i think the author wants to get it on with moz as he constantly refers to him as an ethereal beauty which he clearly is not. too much brown nosing i think.
Dec 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
:) *sigh* what can i say... morrissey is someone else i could talk about for hours he truley is an icon which brings about so much beauty into the world
Nov 26, 2007 rated it it was ok
Kind of soporific.. It has an extremely interesting subject, but the prose doesn't grip you with bizarre details or engrossing facts.
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A good read--But nothing too passionate is revealed.
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David Bret is a French-born British author of showbiz biographies. He chiefly writes on the private life of film stars and singers.