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Set the Boy Free

Set the Boy Free

The Autobiography

Book - 2016
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"The memoirs of the legendary guitarist and cofounder of seminal British band The Smiths recalls his childhood in working-class Manchester, his early collaborations with Stephen Morrissey, the ideological differences that triggered his departure and his influential solo career,"--NoveList.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dey St., [2016]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780062438690
Branch Call Number: 782.42166 M3488M 2016
Characteristics: ix, 463 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm


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Nov 28, 2020

I also feel a bit sorry for the lead guitarist after a major band breaks up or goes on hiatus (Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Slash). As much as they may have contributed, it'll always be the lead singer who can do all their hit songs in concert. Johnny Marr, of course, was the guitarist/songwriter/producer for the Smiths, a band who mean as much as the Beatles to a certain generation; Morrissey/Marr were basically the Lennon/McCartney of the 80s. Smith fans will flock to it and, unsurprisingly, the chapters on the Smiths are of the most interest. Marr is more interested in talking about the music than the drama and the forces (money, internal strife, management, a pesky drug addiction) that tore the band apart in 1987. What is striking is both how young they were and how much the accomplished in a short period (about 5 years). After the Smiths, Marr plays with seemingly ever musician in Britain, as well as some in America. I'd suggest reading this back to back with Morrissey's more well-written and crankier "Autobiography."

Nov 07, 2019

Unique for his thoughts on running, fashion, and color. But mostly interesting if you're a fan of The Smiths or Modest Mouse.

Oct 30, 2017

If the boy is evil, then it belongs in chains.


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