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Mozipedia: The Encyclopaedia of Morrissey and the Smiths

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Published by Ebury Press, part of Ebury Publishing

Format: Paperback


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EAN: 9780091927103
Published: 6 Sep 2012


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Steven Patrick Morrissey is one of the most original and controversial voices in the history of popular music. With The Smiths, he led the most influential British guitar group of the 1980s, his enigmatic wit and style defining a generation. As a solo artist, he has continued to broach subjects no other singer would dare.

Worshipped by some, vilified by others, Morrissey is a unique rock and roll creation. The 300,000 words of Mozipedia make this the most intimate and in-depth biographical portrait of the man and his music yet. Bringing together every song, album, collaborator, key location, every hero, book, film and record to have influenced his art, it is the summation of years of meticulous research. Morrissey authority Simon Goddard has interviewed almost everybody of any importance, making Mozipedia the last word on Morrissey and The Smiths.

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What the critics say

Genius ... the fullest portrait of Morrissey yet put to paper. Goddard has become what Hunter Davies is to The Beatles or Jon Savage is to punk; the number one authority on the subject
- Q magazine

The next best thing to Morrissey’s autobiography
- GQ magazine

A superb achievement
- Mojo

The perfect gift for any Morrissey fan
- Daily Telegraph

A witty, well-informed collection of fact and anecdote, full of fascinating bits and pieces
- Uncut

Goddard widens his previous book's mixture of detail and passionate celebration to Morrissey's entire aesthetic universe
- The Guardian

About the Author

Simon Goddard is a regular contributor to Q Magazine and has also written for the Guardian, Independent on Sunday, Sunday Herald and Uncut. Dubbed 'the Smiths authority' by NME, his 2002 book The Smiths: Songs That Saved Your Life was described as a 'mighty achievement' by both Time Out and Mojo and is recognised as one of the key works on the group by fans and critics. It is also the only Smiths book to earn the approval of group founder and guitarist Johnny Marr.

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