Belfast Telegraph

Smiths' rivalry moves to bookshelf

One of rock's fiercest rivalries is moving to the bookshelves after it was announced Smiths' guitarist Johnny Marr is following his former songwriting partner , Morrissey, and publishing his memoirs.

Marr, whose trademark 12-string guitar sound and songwriting talents were central to the band's success, will have his say next year when the book is published.

He said: "For the past few years as I've been out on tour promoting my solo work fans and journalists have been asking me when I'll write my book. I'm very happy to say that the time has come to tell my story."

Morrissey and Marr started The Smiths in their native Manchester in 1982 and scored more than a dozen hits on their way to becoming one of the most critically-acclaimed bands of the decade.

The band - and the Morrissey and Marr songwriting partnership - broke up in 1987 with the pair fending off reunion rumours ever since while continuing to snipe at each other in the press.

Ben Dunn, publishing director of Century which will publish Marr's book, said: "It's the book Smiths' fans have been waiting their whole lives for and the early material that Johnny has written is utterly breath-taking. I'm delighted that Johnny has chosen Century to be his publisher."

Marr's post-Smiths' career saw him join New Order frontman Bernard Sumner in Electronic and play alongside acts including The Pretenders, Modest Mouse and The Cribs before embarking on a solo career.

Morrissey's 2013 memoir was an unexpected publishing hit. The book, called Autobiography and published by Penguin Classics, outsold the latest Bridget Jones novel to top the best-seller charts in its first week.

It s aw the famously private chart star disclose details of how his first relationship with a man came in his 30s and grumble at length about the injustices of a court case concerning the royalties from his former band.

He also revealed that Marr told him at one stage he was ready to reform The Smiths.

But dismissing such a move, Morrissey said: "Surviving The Smiths is not something that should be attempted twice."


From Belfast Telegraph