Late last year, Morrissey published his Autobiography, which seems destined to become a staple of thoughtful-dorm-kid bookshelves, if it isn’t one already. Now, Morrissey claims that this won’t be the last book he publishes and that he’s already getting “mid-way through writing” his first novel. He also claims that writing is something of a way forward for him when the music business has no idea what to do with him.
In a long and fascinating fan Q&A session on his True To You site, Morrissey has many things to say, including the animal rights invective we’ve come to expect from him (“I would like the Queen of England to be asked why she wears an electrocuted bear-cub on her head.”) But he also gets into other fascinating matters, like the David Bowie duet he once hoped to record. And he sheds a bit of light on his future endeavors, both literary and musical. Here’s what he has to say about the in-progress novel:
In 2013 I published my Autobiography and it has been more successful than any record I have ever released, so, yes, I am mid-way through my novel. I have my hopes. The actuality is that radio stations will not play my music, and the majority of people have lost faith in the music industry, and it’s generally assumed – quite rightly – that the number one chart positions are “bought” by the major labels, so there really is no passion left in pop or rock music, and I don’t think people believe for an instant that the faces we constantly see on television and in magazines are remotely popular. It’s all, now, solely a question of marketing. All success stories are safe and dreary, and you will never be taken by surprise by a hit song that sounds out of place. This is not just my view but the view of everyone I know.
And he also notes that he’s working on a new album, which, if it actually comes out, will be his first studio effort since 2009’s Years Of Refusal. In response to a question about how he likes the city of Istanbul, here’s what he says:
Well, we are about to record our new album, and one of the tracks is called “Istanbul.” It is second to Rome as my most favorite city in the world. When I’m in Istanbul I feel as if I could never die. My life is matched.
You’ll find more, including talk of Moz’s fashion inspirations and his favorite of his own songs, here.