A Light that Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths

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Crown Archetype, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 698 pages
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The definitive book about The Smiths, one of the most beloved, respected, and storied indie rock bands in music history.

They were, their fans believe, the best band in the world. Hailing from Manchester, England, The Smiths--Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, and Mike Joyce--were critical and popular favorites throughout their mid-1980s heyday and beyond. To this day, due to their unforgettable songs and lyrics, they are considered one of the greatest British rock groups of all time--up there with the Beatles, the Stones, the Who, and the Clash.

Tony Fletcher paints a vivid portrait of the fascinating personalities within the group: Morrissey, the witty, literate lead singer whose loner personality and complex lyrics made him an icon for teenagers who felt forlorn and forgotten; his songwriting partner Marr, the gregarious guitarist who became a rock god for a generation of indie kids; and the talented, good-looking rhythm section duo of bassist Rourke and drummer Joyce. Despite the band's tragic breakup at the height of their success, A Light That Never Goes Out is a celebration: the saga of four working-class kids from a northern English city who come together despite contrasting personalities, find a musical bond, inspire a fanatical following, and leave a legacy that changed the music world--and the lives of their fans.

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A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT: The Enduring Saga of The Smiths

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A full account of the singularly influential English band, drawing on extensive research and interviews with some (but not all) of the major players.Ever since they broke up 25 years ago, The Smiths ... Read full review

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User Review  - jerhogan - LibraryThing

I liked it. I gained a new respect for Johnny Marr and all he put up with. Would like to know more about the song-writing process. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

TONY FLETCHER is the author of six books, including Moon, the bestselling biography of Keith Moon, and Remarks Remade, the definitive biography of R.E.M. He has contributed to many publications and television shows on both sides of the Atlantic, including Newsday, Spin, Mojo, Behind the Music, and more. He lives in New York's Catskill Mountains. He can be found at www.ijamming.net.

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