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thinking about reading it.
Also a good time for you to recommend to me more good autobiographies please....
you want 'Morrissey being Morrissey'. It's basically 300 pages of him blaming everyone else for everything, and accepting absolutely no personal responsibility for anything negative that ever happened in his career.
I loved it, but don't go into it expecting any kind of objectivity.
Apart form the Smiths court case part which is incredibly cringeworthy "everyone against me"
Apart from that I thought it was pretty positive... you know, for Morrissey.
Or about anybody else from any record company who he has ever dealt with? Or about any journalist who has ever written about him or not written about him?
But in dire need of an editor armed with a machette.
That being said as him up there says^ if you just want Moz being Moz it's good for that. Just far too much of it for me.
It's still funny that he demanded it being published in penguin's classics range though.
Moz threw his toys out of his luxury pram until he got it release unedited
it's actually quite refreshing to read something that hasn't been processed and decontaminated.
(Get's pretty boring by the end though)
I found the flowery language pretty refreshing as well but I guess that adds to its bloated feeling too.
It gets really boring when he got really boring.
when he's talking about his childhood and adolescence it's properly fascinating reading, the final third though is just him endlessly going on about how he's "kind of a big deal in Mexico"
Easily the best autobiography I've read in a while. Avoid if you've no interest in sport though.
Mark 'E' Everett's one stands out from my bookshelf too from a quick skim - it's quite simply written, but heartbreaking.
Yeah, things my grandchildren should know is great
The bits where he talks about growing up in Manchester and The Smiths are brilliant. The court case with Joyce, and the final 100 pages where he’s just talking about turning up in various locations across America to his adoring fans, less so. Definitely worth reading if you’re a fan, real shame that he couldn’t maintain the quality of the first half though (career analogy?)
First third: pretty great, middle third: increasingly annoying, last third: boring.
The parts about his family and his childhood and schooling are really interesting. They are written in a bizarre kind of stream of consciousness and littered with errors which can be a bit annoying, but they are still really compelling.
Strangely, when he gets to the bits which you'd expect to be interesting (i.e. forming The Smiths) it gets less and less interesting. There is an increasing sense of him settling scores rather than telling it straight which starts with all the vitriol about Geoff Travis and gets worse and worse until it reaches a peak with page after page of whining about the court case. By that stage I didn't really believe a word he was saying.
The last third, where he just recounts how massive the audiences are at a series of solo gigs and moans about how the media don't give him enough credit and record companies mis-treat him, is just boring.
It's a shame, because Morrissey should be able to write a great book, and there are glimpses of what that book could have been in the first third.
it was utterly depressing. I don't need that
the smart arsed reply I was expecting.
Obviously I knew it would be downbeat but it's so relentlessly pessimistic that it's just so off-putting. Literally everything is bad.
first third: fantastic
second third: SHUT UP MOZ
final third: lol
Only two people he doesn't say mean things about is his mum and Johnny Marr, which I thought was very sweet.
Very weird bit where he has some domestic bliss in LA for a while with some Iranian woman, then 9/11 makes her disappear or something.
I also like the bit where he rescued little birds and went for a walk with Michael Stipe, wish that was my life.
Great showcase for what a massive helmet Moz is, I love him.
The weirdest bit is when he sees a ghost when being driven around the moors at night.
he released that on his website a couple of years prior. It made his autobiog sound so much better than it turned out to be. On a related note, I'd be all over a new series of Most Haunted, hosted by Morrissey and Linder Sterling.
yeah it's amazing
i loved basically all of it. the court case bit is annoying but oh well. i like that it's there.
the bit at the end that seems to annoy people i actually really enjoyed. probably the best bit of prose i have read about the joys of playing live music to adoring fans
the best bit is probably when he sees a ghost though yeh
can't remember it but i'll try and find it. just so melodramatic, the sky could have been falling and he wouldn't have realised.
...it was a present so I gave it a go.
First few pages were enough for me. Tripe.