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Mozipedia: The Encyclopaedia of Morrissey and the Smiths Hardcover – July 1, 2009

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"A witty, well-informed collection of fact and anecdote, full of fascinating bits and pieces." --"Uncut"

About the Author

Simon Goddard is a regular contributor to Q Magazine and has also written for the Guardian, Independent on Sunday, Sunday Herald and Uncut. Dubbed 'the Smiths authority' by NME, his 2002 book The Smiths - Songs That Saved Your Life was described as a mighty achievement' by both Time Out and Mojo and is recognised as one of the key works on the group by fans and critics. It is also the only Smiths book to earn the approval of group founder and guitarist Johnny Marr.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091927099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091927097
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.4 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,916,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mr Goddard is the British author of several books about the gramophone industry including Rollaresque and Ziggyology, his two personal favorites.

He is published by Ebury through Penguin Random House in London, England, and is represented by Jenny Brown Associates in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By S. Mcbride on November 16, 2010
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I purchased one for myself and my sister (who introduced me to Moz when I was a kid) and we both absolutely loved it. There's a plethora of information directly and indirectly related to Morrissey pre and post Smiths and it's all written in a very casual style. I set mine out on the coffee table and read an entry or two whenever there's a free moment. It's a great purchase for a fan of The Smiths and/or Morrissey who also happens to be a bit of a knowledge junky.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Matt Z. on July 8, 2010
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Simply put, this book is brilliant. Most Smiths/Morrissey publications are terrible, tacky, and painfully biased. Goddard effectively covers every possible topic influencing, tied to, and subsequently related to The Smiths and Morrissey. For a Smiths or Morrissey fan: you should already have this.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Medina on February 27, 2010
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Finally, a Morrissey reference book worth reading that is simple, yet very informative on every level of the man. This is in no way a boring or dull book with too much wit writing from authors attempting to out do each other. The author, Simon Goddard has reached out to those desiring a Morrissey song by song listing and detail while with the Smiths and onto his solo career. Additionally, this book includes so much more insights to topics/subject matters that have been associated or of interest to Morrissey throughout his life. Mozipedia is worth owning.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Dale on February 15, 2012
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It's not everything you ever wanted to know about Morrissey, but there's a lot of useful information here. The big emphasis is on the history of songs and albums, with each cultural reference researched and illuminated. It helps you figure out where that sample came from, which 70s track that riff was inspired by, and why Moz used 'Sheridan Whiteside' as an alias on hotel registers. A must have for Morrissey trivia games.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris S on May 29, 2013
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I could seriously sit and read this book for hours, jumping between obscure (and popular) references. I am simply in awe at the amount of depth, detail, and effort that went in to the creation of this publication. It is mind-bending to appreciate how much thorough research was put in to compiling this information, and everything is written in a factual, historical manner with little or no opinion injected. I only hope that future editions are released..
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Connor MacLeod on January 11, 2012
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This is EXACTLY the sort of book I've been looking for.

All of the other books on Morrissey and the Smiths were of a biographical nature. I wanted to learn about the origins of his songs and what they meant. In this regard, the book covers everything Morrissey, including EVERY song written by Morrissey or the Smiths prior to this book's publishing.

The book is well organized and very searchable. Lots of entertaining tidbits about the man and his music. As I said, this is a MUST-HAVE for the serious Morrissey fan. Don't let the cool cover fool you-- the content isn't a bunch of fluff. It is substantial. 544 pages worth!

VERDICT: I am in TOTAL agreement with the rest of the reviewers for this book.

Mozipedia is indeed HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Corder on December 8, 2013
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Besides his autobiography, probable this is the best book ever written about Morrissey's songs. the author put in a few and simple words the origins, ideas a situation that inspired Morrissey and co-writers to create every song. No matter if you are fan or not, if you like music, you must read this book for improve your musical knowledge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Takao Suzuki on August 20, 2011
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This is the most comprehensive work for researchers of The Smiths and Morrissey. While Morrissey is being active, this work is hoped to be revised and updated ever.
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