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Exhibition of photos by Nalinee Darmrong from her book The Smiths: 1985-86 at Studio 1469 in Washington D.C.

Artist Talk + Book Signing: Saturday, June 18th, 6 – 9 PM. Remarks at 7 PM.

Exhibition: June 17 through August 2016
Crouch End novelist on writing a biopic of Smiths star Morrissey - Hampstead Highgate Express

Bridget Galton talks to a Crouch End novelist who has also co-written Morrissey biopic Steven.


“I was on set which is not typical but they wanted me to have another pair of eyes on the story,” says Thacker. “Not to be a diva just if I thought certain lines weren’t truthful to the meaning of the piece. It was a very collaborative cast and amazing to work with so many talented people. Jack Lowden is going to be great.”

...Filmed in Stretford where Morrissey grew up, the movie, which comes out “early next year” did not have the co-operation of its subject and was mostly written before Morrissey’s famously turgid 2013 autobiography.

“We did lots of research about Morrissey before his book came out. We wanted to focus on his adolescence, a particular...
Am not sure if this has been mentioned elsewhere. I did a search and couldn't find it. In Tom Hingley's autobiography "Carpet Burns: Life with the Inspiral Carpets" (Amazon link) he mentions using a rehearsal space "Out of the Blue" in Blossom Street, Ancoats. He mentions that the word was that The Smiths had also used the rehearsal space. Nearby in Sherratt Street there was an old pub named The Smith's Arms. The place was apparently decorated with pages from the "Daily Record" newspaper recording moments from WW2 including D-Day and VE Day. One headline there, says Tom, was 'Louder Than Bombs'. Now I understand that "Louder than Bombs" comes from Elizabeth Smart. Am just reporting what Tom wrote.
By Dan Ozzi


Bill Cosby was capping off the prime of his career when he appeared on The Tonight Show on June 14, 1991. He had just wrapped up the seventh season of The Cosby Show, his Emmy-winning family comedy, one of only three shows in television history to hold the number one spot in the Nielsen ratings for five consecutive seasons. He was soon to release his 20th comedy album and his fourth book. Still decades before the darker side of his personal life would come to light, he was America’s comedian. There wasn’t a restaurant, club, or theater in the country he could’ve walked into and not instantly been recognized. On any other night, Cosby would’ve been a solid booking as a talk show guest. But on this evening, as he sat on the set’s armchair, trading...
I Know It's Overrated: The Queen Is Dead Turns Thirty - The Quietus
Simon Price , June 13th, 2016 06:10

In the three decades since its release, The Smiths' The Queen Is Dead has repeatedly been hailed as the band's crowning achievement, and regularly features in lists of the greatest albums ever made. Lifelong Smiths fan Simon Price, however, is not so sure
Hate-rosexuality -
13 June 2016

Although the gunman who massacred 49 people at an Orlando gay club is said to have been 'repulsed' by homosexuality, he nonetheless left behind a slew of self-adoring 'selfies'; a handsome man gazing enchantedly at his own face. It is therefore acceptable for him to lovingly admire his own maleness, but it is not OK for other men to like other men. Does Islamic scripture say it is fitting for a man to sit alone taking adoring photographs of himself? I doubt it.
Meanwhile, Donald Thump, probably America's next President, reacts to the Orlando massacre by explaining how, if the people within the club were themselves armed with guns, then there would have been fewer casualties. This, of course, is his way of avoiding any words of support to the Orlando gay community (it is their own fault for going into a nightclub without hand grenades). Donald Thump would therefore...
Tony Visconti: My Top 6 productions - Team Rock

Includes Ringleader Of The Tormentors

Nice words from Tony, even after the Kristeen fallout and what was said back then.


MorrisseyRingleader Of The Tormentors (2006)

“The one and only Morrissey album that I produced. The title alone is fantastic, and I assume that Morrissey is the ringleader who is tormenting us. That album, like "Heroes", was done in a very special place. It was recorded in Rome, and like David, Morrissey brought Rome into the studio. The songs were written about Rome, all of us were doing things in Rome, we'd go out to have dinner together at Italian restaurants, I don't drink, so I wouldn't join Morrissey and the band when they would go to nightclubs, but everyone was completely immersing themselves in the city.

The atmosphere in the studio while making the album was such that what...
Pretty funny writeup from Consequence of Sound:

The Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead Turns 30
A track-by-track breakdown of the celebrated album's most "Morrissey" lyrics
By Bryn Rich


Thirty-seven minutes.

That’s how long it takes The Queen Is Dead to cover sleazy record company executives, unrequited love, regicide, suicide, organized religion, women’s bodies, dead poets, and pretty much every other theme you could possibly imagine. In one swoop, The Smiths perfectly summed up the personal and political challenges of life in the UK during Margaret Thatcher’s 1980s.
Melissa McCarthy says she would do a duet with Morrissey (video) - Daily Mail Online
Melissa McCarthy was caught off-guard when arriving to LAX for a flight when a paparazzo asked if she would ever do a duet with Morrissey. She says she would but she can't sing. Melissa wears camo green fedora and...

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