Autobiography

  • by Morrissey
  • Narrated by David Morrissey
  • 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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, Nancy Sinatra, Marianne Faithfull, Chrissie Hynde, Thelma Houston, My Chemical Romance and Christy Moore, amongst others.
An animal protectionist, in 2006 Morrissey was voted the second greatest living British icon by viewers of the BBC, losing out to Sir David Attenborough. In 2007 Morrissey was voted the greatest northern male, past or present, in a nationwide newspaper poll. In 2012, Morrissey was awarded the Keys to the City of Tel-Aviv. It has been said 'Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that Morrissey has reached in his lifetime.
David Morrissey is one of the most versatile actors of his generation. He is also a screenwriter and director.

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What the Critics Say

"Five stars. With typical pretension, Morrissey's first book has been published as a Penguin Classic. It justifies such presentation with a beautifully measured prose style that combines a lilting, poetic turn of phrase and acute quality of observation, revelling in a kind of morbid glee at life's injustice with arch, understated humour ... It is recognisably the voice of the most distinctive British pop lyricist of his era." (Neil McCormack, Daily Telegraph)
"The Best Music Biog Ever ... In the world of rock autobiographies, Morrissey's is nigh-on perfect." (Ben Hewitt, NME)
"A brilliant and timely book ... What is so refreshing about Morrissey's Autobiography is its very messiness, its deliriously florid, overblown prose style, its unwillingness to kowtow to a culture of literary formula and commercial pigeon-holing ... Autobiography is a true baggy monster, a book in which a distinctive prose style is allowed to develop ... A rococo triumph ... Overwhelmingly this is a book to be thankful for ... In the ways that matter, Autobiography reads like a work of genuine literary class" (Alex Niven)

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Moz on Moz action

Blimey, Moz has a fair few gripes to get of his chest, to the point where he just comes across as quite bitter and petty and you can't help but think that maybe the problem is him rather than the never ending list of people who have supposedly wronged him. That said, he was an integral part of the best Manc band of all time so I'll forgive him most things. His penchant for drama and sharp turn of phrase provide plenty of interesting points. Plus I loved the way he described his childhood especially as I'm from the same bit of Manchester so was very familiar with the street names and landmarks he peeled off. Say what you like about Morrissey, but you can't call hm dull. On the narration front, David Moz does a pretty good job.
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- Dan Bowen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-12-2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Limited