One of the most iconic bands of the ’80s, the Smiths’ brief yet profound career provided the soundtrack for its decade and left behind a legacy for one of the greatest British rock bands of all time. You know the songs, now read the story behind them with a good book and some great summer weather.
1. Songs That Saved Your Live: The Art Of The Smiths (1982-1987) by Simon Goddard
Simon Goddard chronicles the life of the Smiths from day one until their break five years later through interviews with band members, producers, and colleagues. Detailing every TV and radio session, Songs That Saved Your Life: The Art Of The Smiths is a comprehensive look into the Smiths’ work and musical evolution.
2. A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga Of The Smiths by Tony Fletcher
As author Tony Fletcher states, the Smiths’ fans believed they were the best band in the world. Focusing on the personalities and group dynamic of the band, A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga Of The Smiths dives into the lives and times of Morrissey, his songwriting partner Johnny Marr, and the rhythm section of bassist Andy Rourke and drummer Mike Joyce.
3. Mozipedia: The Enclyclopedia Of Morrissey And The Smiths by Simon Goddard
Another book by writer and music journalist Simon Goddard, Mozipedia: The Encyclopedia Of Morrissey And The Smiths focuses on the band’s frontman and principle songwriter, Steven Patrick Morrissey. Hailed the “most in-depth and exhaustive book about the man, the myth, and the music that’s ever been published,” Mozipedia showcases the career of the Smiths through stories and interviews with the band’s central figure.
4. Morrissey: Autobiography by Morrissey
Covering everything from his childhood to present day, Morrissey recounts growing up in Manchester, England, his time with the Smiths, his vast solo career, and his beliefs as an animal rights protectionist and world peace activist.
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