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The Smiths' Johnny Marr to release autobiography in November

Published 21/04/2016

Johnny Marr released his first debut album The Messenger in 2013, followed by Playland a year later
Johnny Marr released his first debut album The Messenger in 2013, followed by Playland a year later

The Smiths' Johnny Marr will be releasing his autobiography later this year.

Set The Boy Free is set for release on November 3, he announced on his website on Thursday.

Commenting on the title, Marr, 52, said: "I wanted to convey a feeling of breaking free, that has been a constant throughout my life.

"A feeling that expresses itself as both escape and discovery. Transcendence.

"I found it through rock 'n' roll and art and a journey living both in the modern world."

The memoirs will cover his childhood in Manchester in the 1960s through his time with The Smiths to his current solo career.

Only two years after co-founding The Smiths with Steven Patrick Morrissey, better known as Morrissey, in 1982, the four-piece's eponymous first album reached number two in the charts and paved the way for critical and chart success in their short five years together.

Marr briefly joined The Pretenders, before embarking on a career as a session musician for acts including Pet Shop Boys, Bryan Ferry and Kirsty MacColl.

He later formed Johnny Marr And The Healers, joined Modest Mouse and The Cribs, and recently worked with Hans Zimmer on the soundtracks to Inception and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

He released his first debut album The Messenger in 2013, followed by Playland a year later.

His former bandmate Morrissey released his own autobiography in October 2013, controversially published through the Penguin Classics imprint.

It set a new first week sales record for a musical autobiography on release, beating Keith Richards' Life.

Set The Boy Free will be released through Dey Street Books.

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