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Renegade: The Lives and Tales of Mark E. Smith Hardcover – April 24, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (April 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670916749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670916740
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,045,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark E. Smith grew up in Prestwich, Manchester. He founded The Fall at the age of nineteen and for thirty years has been the hub around which the band has operated. The term 'living legend' is used too easily, but in the case of Mark E. Smith it is entirely appropriate.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wayne M. Kukse on December 29, 2009
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At the very least this book is a must for all Fall fans. For all of the line up changes over the years, the one constant is Mark E. Smith. Over the years I have always read what a jerk he was, w/ no words to the contrary from him. Finally the final word from the man himself. Their place as one of the greatest bands ever already cemented. The book is a heady stream of conciousness filled w/ comical personal attacks. No person, concept, or institution is safe from this caustic wit. For every blast to one (whose fault it always is) that Mark felt crossed him, there are also kind (Mark E. Smith kind) words for those who supported him. For a self avowed socialist, Mr. Smith comes across conservative in many ways, such as marriage, family, and work ethic to name but a few. Mr. Smith is convicted in all of his beliefs, even if they sometimes contradict themselves. He seems to have no regrets. You will not get much insight into any of the Falls material, or Mark E. Smith, the man himself really. What you will get is a thought provoking rant on a myriad of subjects, recommendations on books that I,for one have taken up and found to be right on in their recommendation. Far more laughs than in your average biography, or any other book for that matter. Another man out of his time, a ribald original. I can't recommend this book enough.
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