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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 McCormick Daily Telegraph)

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 Independent)

Sharply written, rich, clever, rancorous, puffed-up, tender, catty, windy, poetic, and frequently very, very funny. Welcome back, Morrissey (Michael Bonner Uncut Magazine)

Rancorous, rhapsodic, schizophrenic: Autobiography delivers a man in full (Andrew Male Mojo)

If one is willing to accept that a Morrissey book could be a classic, then the book justifies its status remarkably early on. ... As a work of prose Autobiography is a triumph of the written word (Louder than war)

Funnier than the Iliad ... A triumph (Colin Paterson Today Programme, BBC Radio 4)

One of the autobiographies of this or any year ... A wonderfully entertaining read. He's as witty, acerbic and opinionated as you'd expect, but there's a welcome self-awareness throughout that makes the dramatic flourishes and hyperbolic dismay all the more hilarious. He may have more flaws than Manchester's Arndale Centre but he's just brilliantly, uniquely Morrissey (Daily Mirror)

Morrissey's Autobiography is brilliant and relentless. Genius, really (Douglas Coupland)

Well, so far Morrissey's book is an absolute masterpiece; no doubt the whole stinking country will hate it. (Frankie Boyle)

This is the best book ever. Like ever (Wonderland)

Carried along on quite extraordinary prose (Time Out)

The Best Music Biog Ever ... In the world of rock autobiographies, Morrissey's is nigh-on perfect (Ben Hewitt NME)

Practically every paragraph has a line or two that demands to be read aloud to the mirror, tattooed on foreheads, carved on tombstones (Rolling Stone)

Morrissey is a pop star of unusual writing talent (The New York Times)

Autobiography is a rich and substantial work, the figure emerging at its centre both compelling and complex. Those who know his music will be unsurprised by the qualities of Morrissey's prose, which is ornate, windswept, elusive yet never tricksy, and full of unexpected twists and thrusts. He writes with understanding (albeit often with a tout comprendre c'est rien pardonner caveat) and is most of all straightforwardly moving; never more so than when writing about his childhood (Gwendoline Riley Times Literary Supplement)

Autobiography doesn't disappoint. In its pages Morrissey manages to perform the neat trick of deconstructing his own myth while at the same time adding to it. Old scores are settled and anyone who ever crossed the singer is neatly decapitated herein by withering, barbed prose. Things could have gone very differently for Morrissey. He could have ended up cleaning canal banks or delivering the post for a living. Both of these outcomes would have left the world a far duller place. Autobiography is the man in his own words and, Morrissey being Morrissey, this means that we are presented with an account that is real and fantastic, unapologetically romantic and brutally honest. The die-hard fans have read the book already but for anyone with even a passing interest in what makes one of the most individual and unflinching voices in British pop music tick, Autobiography is essential (Loud and Quiet magazine)

Présentation de l'éditeur

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 twelve 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.'Autobiography covers Morrissey's life from his birth until the present day.

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  • Broché: 480 pages
  • Editeur : Penguin Classics; Édition : Re-issue (17 octobre 2013)
  • Collection : PENGUIN CLASSIC
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0141394811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141394817
  • Dimensions du produit: 12,9 x 2,1 x 19,8 cm
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6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par chaumulon mathieu le 18 novembre 2013
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Pour ceux et celles qui se sont passionnés pour les Smiths, pour ceux et celles qui se reconnaissent dans la sincérité et la sensibilité à fleur de peau du "Ringleader of the tormentors", cette autobiographie est un must... Peinture brutale du Manchester 60's et 70's, commentaires acérés et ironie mordante sur le milieu musical anglais, Morrissey se met à nu... Vous ne serez pas déçu(e)s !
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Cette autobiographie est atypique, Morrissey y parle de ses émissions de télé préférées, de ses poètes favoris, mais aussi de ses démêles avec les maisons de disque, ses anciens musiciens. Les fans des Smiths seront surpris de voir à quel point il ignorait les motivations de Johnny Marr. Cependant le vocabulaire utilisé est tantôt très soutenu , tantôt familier, c'est donc un peu difficile à lire en anglais pour un français pas tout à fait bilingue.
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Par warda le 23 décembre 2013
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Pour quelques euros de plus une très belle édition (américaine) à préférer à la version poche de chez Penguin. Envoi très rapide et parfaitement emballé. Mise en page classique avec quelques photos peu connues -voire inédites - des jeunes années du Moz.
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Par doinel le 9 janvier 2014
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Well-written,moving, sensitive, sensible, funny, witty, Wildean, Even if you've never listened to any of his songs, it's worth it.
A page-turner. I'm ready to start again and I want more.
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157 internautes sur 166 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
US edition is bowdlerized - don't buy it! 18 décembre 2013
Par Joe S. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Google it - the US edition has details of Morrissey's personal life edited out - details that were apparently deemed likely to upset American readers, who (even when looking to read Morrissey's autobiography) are apparently likely to be offended by discussion of homosexuality. I returned mine and will be buying the British edition. Scandal.
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The Public Will Forgive Anything Except Genius 19 octobre 2013
Par Byron - Publié sur Amazon.com
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100 pages in and so far it has mostly been pretty harrowing descriptions of the casual brutality of post-war working class life and soul-crushing 'education' in northern England alternating with some of the best writing about what music can do to a human being, MEAN to a human being, ever written.

It has its flaws in that it is clearly penned by a self-taught Irish/northerner from a ravaged, poverty-stricken, red-brick wasteland, and as such has not the slickness and sheen of journalistic prose. A trustworthy editor may have improved a number of passages here and there. He likes alliteration a little too much, which I've never been fond of, & which gives the average sentence a strange sing-song quality and structure all its own. There is no way in hell this book was ghostwritten.

But then this is the books greatest strength, too. As with his passions, his politics, his sexuality, he is not 'this' or 'that', does not belong 'here' or 'there', he exists between the temporary meaning of all those words, all those labels, and it is this place he steadfastly attempts to write from in trying to explain himself and the felt experience of his life. That he achieves at all in this impossible mission would be enough for me to want to recommend the book to everyone I know, but that he makes his stand with such humour, passion and courage makes me want to press it into the hands of anyone with half a heart left to feel.

I thought at first, when I saw that it was going to be put out as a Penguin Classic that this was just another of Morrissey's whimsical appropriations of the things he loves, like getting EMI to reopen the "His Master's Voice" label up again just for him. But having got only a fifth of the way in, it seems eerily prophetic, as this is a truly great autobiography, and its very existence in the physical world feels momentous, like finding the lost journals of Lord Byron or Oscar Wilde.

Human, all too human, but worth more than a thousand of his detractors even now, the man's a national - no, international - treasure. As history shall duly record.
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Challenging... But Did We Expect Any Less? 8 novembre 2013
Par dancinhomer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I thought quite a bit about what I would say. Critiquing someone's autobiography is critiquing someone's assessment of their own life, and that hardly seems fair. Still, we're being asked to plunk down some cash to read it, so I'll try to be as objective as I can.

This is unusually written in the present tense, and I quickly grew to enjoy it. It made me feel as if I were along for the ride and living the experiences with Morrissey. However, things would often veer off (as life itself tends to do) and conversations or situations would pop up seemingly out of nowhere and I'd be left going backwards in the book to see what I had missed. Still, I enjoyed Morrissey's style.

Without judging the man, let me say this: Readers who say that there wasn't enough content devoted to The Smiths have a valid point. It's not that this period was ignored, and it accounts for around 10 percent of Morrissey's life thus far so Morrissey may have thought it didn't deserve a huge percentage of the book. But, like other fans, I felt that this period didn't deliver as much about his experiences with The Smiths as I would have liked. I recognize that Morrissey has license to choose how to tell his own story, but that was what I was most anticipating and found myself feeling a bit short-changed.

However, a considerable amount of time was spent discussing the lawsuit between Moz and Mike Joyce, which was clearly a painful recollection. I, for one, found it enlightening to hear his side of the story. And this helped me understand why a Smiths reunion will never happen. People may say mean things about Moz because of his unwillingness to reunite, but when seeing his perspective on what happened, I can understand why he feels like he has given them enough. Yes, it's the fans who suffer (and I'm one of them), but I can understand why he just can't hand these guys another payday.

To be fair, and this may be a cultural thing, but even in his autobiography, Morrissey seems surprisingly distant. For someone who conquered the world with his heart on his sleeve, this rather surprised me. But, more often than not, the reader will be given facts with a minimum of feelings. Perhaps Moz feels like he says it all in his songs. Given the events he described, a reader can see why he might be slow to trust anyone. I don't know if everything in the book is 100% accurate, but if this was his reality as he saw it, he has every right to be suspicious of the world.

In short (although it's probably too late for that), some people will find Moz to be rather judgmental and aloof. Others will see someone who has paid a dear price for success.

So, I would recommend it, but don't expect to get everything you might want from it. You'll walk away with a better understanding of Moz, for better or worse.
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Witty, funny and gloomy 12 décembre 2013
Par Cynthia M. Smith - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I am one of those die-hard fans of Morrissey. And in my eyes, or better yet, my brain, Mozza can never go wrong. The only sin my brain think he has ever committed, actually, was those weird hypo-sized bag-pants he wore for his show yesterday, in Norway. But if you knew me better, you can hardly blame me for my unconditional love for Moz: this kind of wit, this voice and this towering mix of humor and melancholy, you can't find these days. This autobiography was no exception for me, and I really don't understand those who think he is posing like "the world is against him", or that he "indulges in massive self-pity", etc. To me, he does show you in this quite interesting book his resilience against phases in his life that would turn any angel into a bloody psychopath or someone to recline on the analyst couch for a lifetime. I read about his school days in tears. If you think that Manchester schools in those days weren't as infernal as he describes, try reading then Angela's Ashes or listening to that Pink Floyd's Album (you know which one). I think that what saved him from dank, damp and dingy 1960's and 1970's Manchester was two things that made him NOT a victim but a survivor: his wit and his love of pop music. Two simple things. Ah, and another one: the angry drive to outlast these days.

Somehow, he is still this child that looks upon the world as a sad comedy (and secretly notes everything in some empty room and then blurts it out to the world). I could give this book less stars since it does not have decent paragraph lengths or chapters that could really make your life easier. And it did take me a while to get my brain used to his rococo style. He writes like a lord from the 17th century. But after a fiftieth page, I began to become charmed by it, and even to believe this is the only language he could have written it with. Because it makes him felt as what he (un)fortunately is: a beautiful stranger, from somewhere else, possibly another era, observing the Comedie Humaine. Some readers were put off by his way of "dissecting" human beings whilst probably sipping the tea that lied next to his pen. But you'd understand this if you had been someone who just doesn't fit in.

Lots of references, close references of all the artists that influenced him, and why. He alludes to most of them rather metaphorically, but still with enough precision, and a poetry that does not let it turn into a dry shopping list.
And exhaustive allusions to street names during his childhood and adolescence that make you feel he is still somewhat spiritually trapped in them. Forever trapped in them.

All in all, this book is where you learn what made Morrissey a human magnet to millions: someone whose amazing will to exit that misery he lived in made him this laughing and aching angel that he is.
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Make A Good Man Turn Bad 21 décembre 2013
Par easyfour - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
If you unconditionally, and most likely, unrequitedly, love Morrissey, then you should read this book immediately. Plain and simple.

While I am both a huge fan of both the Smiths and Morrissey solo, I have to admit that I didn't know much about the man. His autobiography told me much of what I was interested in knowing, but unfortunately, much that was enough to turn me off to someone who had previously been one of my rock and roll idols.

The book starts off with great detail of much of his Manchester childhood, discusses his rock influences, and gives what seems to be a cursory account of the formation and experience of The Smiths. Of course, it's his autobiography and he can write what he wants. But, since this is when I fell in love with his music and became a fan, I really wanted to know more. What Morrissey referred to as "The trial of The Smiths" is handled with great detail and is one of the more interesting aspects of the book.

The other failing of the book for me was that it was simply too long. Most substance seemed to have been drained long before the finish. Hearing the detail of how many people sat in which arena in which city on which date is something that may be of great interests to his accountants and hard-core fans, but it droned on and on. I don't know if his editor(s) were lazy or simply intimidated by him, but it could have used some tightening.

What I found most interesting, and often disappointing, wasn't always what Morrissey said. It was what could be read between the lines. The degree of vitriol in the man is astounding. He uses clever words to rant about those people or institutions he hates. Oddly (or not), there is not even close to the same degree of attention paid to those things or people he likes. It's not surprising that there aren't many figures in his life who stand the test of time. Reading some of his often nonsensical and childish rants demonstrates how hard the man must be to be around for a long period. It's also interesting how he reviles aristocracy and "The Crown," but that he holds such high regard for entertainment aristocracy and special privilege. He seems distant from his Mozzers.

I thought that I would be reading insights about a man who was happier about bringing so much joy to his fans. The absence of such shows that his sorrowful self is not an act. He's a very unhappy man.
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