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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141394811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141394817
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is too long and too tedious.
Jeane
You either love the guy or loathe him and I suspect the public will feel the same way about his writing here.
Candyguns Jerry
A must read for a die-hard Morrissey fan.
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100 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Byron on October 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
100 pages in and so far it has mostly been pretty harrowing descriptions of the casual brutality of post-war working class life and soul-crushing 'education' in northern England alternating with some of the best writing about what music can do to a human being, MEAN to a human being, ever written.

It has its flaws in that it is clearly penned by a self-taught Irish/northerner from a ravaged, poverty-stricken, red-brick wasteland, and as such has not the slickness and sheen of journalistic prose. A trustworthy editor may have improved a number of passages here and there. He likes alliteration a little too much, which I've never been fond of, & which gives the average sentence a strange sing-song quality and structure all its own. There is no way in hell this book was ghostwritten.

But then this is the books greatest strength, too. As with his passions, his politics, his sexuality, he is not 'this' or 'that', does not belong 'here' or 'there', he exists between the temporary meaning of all those words, all those labels, and it is this place he steadfastly attempts to write from in trying to explain himself and the felt experience of his life. That he achieves at all in this impossible mission would be enough for me to want to recommend the book to everyone I know, but that he makes his stand with such humour, passion and courage makes me want to press it into the hands of anyone with half a heart left to feel.

I thought at first, when I saw that it was going to be put out as a Penguin Classic that this was just another of Morrissey's whimsical appropriations of the things he loves, like getting EMI to reopen the "His Master's Voice" label up again just for him.
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79 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Joe S. on December 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Google it - the US edition has details of Morrissey's personal life edited out - details that were apparently deemed likely to upset American readers, who (even when looking to read Morrissey's autobiography) are apparently likely to be offended by discussion of homosexuality. I returned mine and will be buying the British edition. Scandal.
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Jake Yenor on October 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
Morrissey has been such a mystery. Part of me felt reading his autobiography would ruin a lot of what makes Morrissey well, Morrissey. But nothing could be farther from the truth. Incredible read.

- Jake Yenor
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dermot Browne on November 12, 2013
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As a long term fan I found this to be a very easy and interesting read. He is of course totally mad, passionate, bitter and twisted, poetic, bitchy, pretentious and hopelessly romantic, in the best sense of the word. He is not, as the nay-sayers and non-believers would have it, miserable.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By dancinhomer on November 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
I thought quite a bit about what I would say. Critiquing someone's autobiography is critiquing someone's assessment of their own life, and that hardly seems fair. Still, we're being asked to plunk down some cash to read it, so I'll try to be as objective as I can.

This is unusually written in the present tense, and I quickly grew to enjoy it. It made me feel as if I were along for the ride and living the experiences with Morrissey. However, things would often veer off (as life itself tends to do) and conversations or situations would pop up seemingly out of nowhere and I'd be left going backwards in the book to see what I had missed. Still, I enjoyed Morrissey's style.

Without judging the man, let me say this: Readers who say that there wasn't enough content devoted to The Smiths have a valid point. It's not that this period was ignored, and it accounts for around 10 percent of Morrissey's life thus far so Morrissey may have thought it didn't deserve a huge percentage of the book. But, like other fans, I felt that this period didn't deliver as much about his experiences with The Smiths as I would have liked. I recognize that Morrissey has license to choose how to tell his own story, but that was what I was most anticipating and found myself feeling a bit short-changed.

However, a considerable amount of time was spent discussing the lawsuit between Moz and Mike Joyce, which was clearly a painful recollection. I, for one, found it enlightening to hear his side of the story. And this helped me understand why a Smiths reunion will never happen. People may say mean things about Moz because of his unwillingness to reunite, but when seeing his perspective on what happened, I can understand why he feels like he has given them enough.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth G. on November 27, 2013
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A must-read for any fan--highly recommended. Timely and insightful--a masterpiece! Well-written, emotionally wrought. A milestone in music history. A classic!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Skinnylove on June 1, 2014
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A mastabatory word orgy that has about 2% of actual interesting knowledge and real life stories. Between rants on the meat industry to pages on adjectives to describe walking down a Manchester street, this book is hard to even try just scan. Some artists should never write their own story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By egonzalez on November 30, 2013
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Finally an opportunity to "find out for yourself." He is candid, and that is what you hope for in an autobiography. Could it use editing and chapters? Maybe, but it does not and this adds to some of his major overall points and it is his book; get over it. Will you get restless at times? Maybe. Are you looking for a linear and legendary narrative and hoping to critique based in your expectations? If so, stop and ask yourself if you know anything or wish to know anything about him. In the end, he tells us why "you are so sick and tired," why fame can be fatal, and where he is today. Themes: conspiracies surround him ALWAYS; abuse and schooling; preoccupation with mortality and body image; redemption and evidence of it; legend status immortality; social justice and hypocrisy (governance, music industry, food sector).
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