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With a life steeped in the acute articulation of what it feels like to be an "outsider's outsider"... Mr M continues to stir and shake us up. He's made a profound connection and difference to a multitude of lives. God bless Morrissey and all who ever dared to sail forth, with or without a compass (Annie Lennox)

A rococo triumph (Independent)

Brilliant and relentless. Genius, really (Douglas Coupland)

A beautifully measured prose style that combines a lilting, poetic turn of phrase and acute quality of observation (The Telegraph)

Funnier than the Iliad (BBC Radio 4)

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This full-colour edition of Autobiography includes new images chosen by Morrissey and a full Discography of Morrissey's work.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.'Autobiography covers Morrissey's life from his birth until the present day.On Autobiography: 'With a life steeped in the acute articulation of what it feels like to be an "outsider's outsider"... Mr M continues to stir and shake us up. He's made a profound connection and difference to a multitude of lives. God bless Morrissey and all who ever dared to sail forth, with or without a compass'Annie Lennox 'A rococo triumph'The Independent 'Brilliant and relentless. Genius, really'Douglas Coupland 'A beautifully measured prose style that combines a lilting, poetic turn of phrase and acute quality of observation'The Telegraph 'Funnier than The Iliad'BBC Radio 4

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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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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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1.0 étoiles sur 5 US edition is bowdlerized - don't buy it! 18 décembre 2013
Par Joe S. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Reader, meet author 11 janvier 2016
Par Karl Janssen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Most rock stars aren’t expected to be men of letters, so all that’s asked of their memoirs is an adequate retelling of sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll anecdotes fleshed out by a competent ghost writer. Not so with Morrissey. His brilliant lyrics (for those like myself who consider them so) inspire high literary expectations, and with this long-awaited autobiography Morrissey proves himself up to the challenge.

The first quarter of the book, in which he vividly describes his youth in Manchester, is a phenomenal piece of writing. In eloquently rendered, unconventional prose that resembles a sort of thesaurus-wringing beat poetry, Morrissey depicts latter-20th-century working-class life in Northern England as a bleak, modern Dickensian world in which children are beaten by sadistic teachers and every day is silent and gray. Music is the only means of escape for young Morrissey, and one day he decides to stop idolizing bands and start becoming one. Fans of the Smiths will probably be disappointed by the brevity with which he covers his tenure with that band, but it was after all only 10 percent of his life span. The centerpiece of the book is his Kafkaesque account of The Smiths trial in which drummer Mike Joyce sued Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr for additional royalties. Here Morrissey really piles the acrimonious invective on Joyce, the lawyers, the judge, and the British justice system in general. He insists over and over again how he got the shaft, and, from his one-sided account, it certainly appears that he did. One can understand Morrissey’s desire to state his case once and for all, and his account is quite riveting for a while, but it goes on far too long. What really kills the book, however, is its final quarter, which consists of an elaborate tour diary in which Morrissey travels the world, basking in the glory of his You Are the Quarry renaissance. He recounts every city he stopped in, how the crowd loved him, and how he loved them loving him. This sort of writing would be fine for a what-it’s-like-to-be-a-rock-star fluff piece in Rolling Stone, but it feels out of place in this otherwise uncommonly literary memoir.

There’s not much in this book about writing songs or recording music. If you’re interested in details of that sort, I would suggest checking out Simon Goddard’s Mozipedia. There is, however, quite a bit said about the marketing of music—as in, no record company or manager ever did enough for Morrissey. It’s surprising how much he obsesses over the chart position of each and every recording. Despite all his scorning of the mainstream and his honorary status as a godfather of “alternative” music, what he really wanted all along was to be the next Beatles. Those hoping for bits of show-biz gossip won’t be disappointed, as Morrissey recounts myriad run-ins with musicians, movie stars, and television personalities and how each and every one of them somehow disappointed him.

Morrissey, in his own words, makes himself sound egotistical, cantankerous, petty, vindictive, querulous, ungrateful, and mean-spirited. Nevertheless, he somehow comes across as quite likeable and frequently hilarious. After reading Autobiography, I don’t think I’d want to hang out with the guy, but one can’t help but admire what he’s achieved in his music career and what he has accomplished with this exceptional book. This may not be quite the memoir diehard fans have been waiting for, but still it’s definitely well worth its cover price.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 It gives an unexpectedly human and likeable face to the author and brings the reader on an amazing journey from the belligerent 11 septembre 2014
Par Ultan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Excellently written, well-paced, full of all the self-depreciation and bitterness that one would expect from Moz. It gives an unexpectedly human and likeable face to the author and brings the reader on an amazing journey from the belligerent ghouls of his Manchester up-brining to his current last-of-the-international-playboys, LA rock-star lifestyle. There's plenty of coldly served revenge. His old teachers get it. Johnny Marr gets it. Rourke and Joyce get it. The lonely high-court judge gets it. Also on the list: Geoff Travis, Tony Wilson, Brian Ferry, various hired-gun musicians, meat-eaters, Siouxsie Sioux, the monarchy, Sire Records, John Peel . . . you get the idea. If getting even tap, tap, tapping into a laptop is as much fun as reading the results, then Morrissey must be a happy man.
The book is very impressionistic, which makes it quite a breath of fresh air compared to other rock biogs. Mr. Morrissey spends pages dwelling on obscure moments in his life and seems to skip over huge swaths. For me, there was too little space given to the Smiths period and possibly too much to his adolescence (Johnny Marr knocks on Moz's front door about a quarter through the book). I would recommend this to anyone with even a passing interest in contemporary music -- it's a great under-the-bonnet look at the creative process and the record industry. His ability to describe loneliness and the alienation of someone who is different from the masses is second to none and this book should be a must for teenagers in the same way Catcher in the Rye is.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Witty, funny and gloomy 12 décembre 2013
Par Cynthia M. Smith - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A WORK OF POETRY. 6 août 2015
Par traceybeehive - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I admit that I am a huge Morrissey fan. But, I still approach the autobiography of anyone famous with caution. By the third page, I had to get out of my cozy bed to get a highlighter because the writing was so incredible. He has a bit of a different voice here,, than in his songs. He really is a storyteller and obviously paid careful attention to the culture (or lack thereof) that he grew up in. He chooses words and ways of expressing things that no one else would think of. He doesn't use one single word without thinking about it. This can be maddening to some people but to me it make the book thrilling to read and I understand Manchester and it's youth as much as if Dickens himself had explained it to me. Wonderful book to crawl into and disappear in.
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