• "Songs That Saved Your Life - The Art of The Smiths 1982-87 (revised edition)" by Simon Goddard released (Feb. 8, 2013)

    Released today (Feb. 8, 2013) in the UK by Titan Books, the revised edition includes an updated title and some reorganization of the presentation:

    Songs That Saved Your Life - The Art of The Smiths 1982-87 (revised edition)
    by Simon Goddard - Titan Books

    SYNOPSIS

    Formed in 1982, The Smiths’ brief but brilliant career lasted just five years - but the music they left behind distinguished them as one of the greatest British guitar groups of all time.

    ‘Songs That Saved Your Life - The Art of The Smiths 1982-87’ reveals the stories behind every track (including unreleased out-takes), catalogues all the group’s UK television, radio and concert appearances and features interviews with original band members, producers and associates.

    PRODUCT DETAILS

    ISBN: 9781781162583
    Dimensions: 198 x 130mm
    Paperback: 352pp
    Publication date: 8 February 2013
    All authors: Simon Goddard





    Comments 17 Comments
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      wow that is one ugly cover of one pointless book.
    1. HandThatRocksTheCradle's Avatar
      HandThatRocksTheCradle -
      I JUST finished reading the "revised and expanded edition" of this book. Lots of insight as to what happened to this band. SAD. I've loved the Smiths since buying "Meat Is Murder" back in 1985. I was in the Army and deployed to Panama in 1988 when they broke up. I found the "Viva Hate" cassette in the PX and thought it was just a one-off solo deal. This book was really well-written and I gotta give it to Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, and Mike Joyce for putting up with the shenanigans and crap they had to endure. They should be sainted!
    1. Guernie's Avatar
      Guernie -
      What ulgy cover ? I find that photo very joyful and how I like to remember The Smiths !
    1. celibate's Avatar
      celibate -
      Quote Originally Posted by Guernie View Post
      What ulgy cover ? I find that photo very joyful and how I like to remember The Smiths !
      indeed, , at that railwaystation are more PR pics made, it was in their early prdiod, late 1984 [after the 1984 European gigs in spring IMHO]

      Shall order it, waiting 'till april when the remastered Kill Uncle release is, a sorta birthdaypresent for meself

      because we must
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Revised edition includes 'an updated title and some reorganization' WTF? Buy a book again for this?!!
    1. HandThatRocksTheCradle's Avatar
      HandThatRocksTheCradle -
      Quote Originally Posted by celibate View Post
      indeed, , at that railwaystation are more PR pics made, it was in their early prdiod, late 1984 [after the 1984 European gigs in spring IMHO]

      Shall order it, waiting 'till april when the remastered Kill Uncle release is, a sorta birthdaypresent for meself

      because we must
      You won't be disappointed, I'll tell you that! There will be new pictures, no doubt. My copy from 2009 has lots of cool pics in it. But, OH! Where those songs came from...when you read it, be sure to play the albums....makes lovely soundtrack to it all. I bought a bunch of Smiths stuff (on eBay) after reading the book and then listening to the alternate versions of songs on YouTube. Enjoy! Cheers.
    1. Stoned's Avatar
      Stoned -
      I agree, the cover is not the best one...
      Cheers Moz
    1. celibate's Avatar
      celibate -
      Quote Originally Posted by HandThatRocksTheCradle View Post
      You won't be disappointed, I'll tell you that! There will be new pictures, no doubt. My copy from 2009 has lots of cool pics in it. But, OH! Where those songs came from...when you read it, be sure to play the albums....makes lovely soundtrack to it all. I bought a bunch of Smiths stuff (on eBay) after reading the book and then listening to the alternate versions of songs on YouTube. Enjoy! Cheers.
      Goddard is a good musicjournalist, have the Mozipedia, also a must for all Morrissey [and Smiths] raincoated lovers , puny brothers

      Thx for the thumbs up for the Songs that Saved Your Life

      greetings from winter in northern Europe/Netherlands

      [NY to Boston coast side and state is way worse as I've seen on the newschannel]
    1. angryelvis's Avatar
      angryelvis -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
      wow that is one ugly cover of one pointless book.
      Strongly disagree on both points. I have a copy of the book and the front & back covers are both beautiful and physically unique. If you see this book you will be impressed by it. I read the first edition and it is filled with interesting stories and wonderful insights. This book belongs in every Smiths/Morrissey fan's library.
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Re-issue! Re-package! Slip them into different sleeves! Buy both, and feel deceived!
    1. HandThatRocksTheCradle's Avatar
      HandThatRocksTheCradle -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
      Revised edition includes 'an updated title and some reorganization' WTF? Buy a book again for this?!!
      Reissue! Repackage! Repackage! Re-evaluate the... oh, nevermind. Buy the book on eBay like I did! The page count is almost identical.
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Quote Originally Posted by HandThatRocksTheCradle View Post
      I JUST finished reading the "revised and expanded edition" of this book. Lots of insight as to what happened to this band. SAD. I've loved the Smiths since buying "Meat Is Murder" back in 1985. I was in the Army and deployed to Panama in 1988 when they broke up. I found the "Viva Hate" cassette in the PX and thought it was just a one-off solo deal. This book was really well-written and I gotta give it to Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, and Mike Joyce for putting up with the shenanigans and crap they had to endure. They should be sainted!
      yeah must have been tough for them guys having a career handed to them on a plate, marr excluded, and a life long cash cow in joyces case, poor guys.
    1. celibate's Avatar
      celibate -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
      yeah must have been tough for them guys having a career handed to them on a plate, marr excluded, and a life long cash cow in joyces case, poor guys.
      I'm not going into personal probs and what happened after the split of The Smiths

      but Andy and Mike surely are Smiths, they jammed a lot together and with Johnny

      it was the rythm team in the Smiths , listen to ' some girls are bigger than others'
      and many others, if you hear Rank you know it was a team of 4 [well Gannon added for a few months, Andy
      sacked but after a few weeks brought back, cause the band was his 'home', as Johny saw Andy would only get
      further into the depths of the criminal world, Johnny asked Morrissey and Andy was back in]

      just for the music and the band, The Smiths, Andy and Mike were definately notjust replacable,
      they were as tight and in heart, body and sould in part and in whole Smiths [and till today are postive
      and know they were a both a part of a legendary band]

      Morrissey- lyrics ,voice.
      Johnny Marr- guitars
      Andy Rourke- bass guitar
      Mike Joyce- drumms

      stated on every Smiths album.

      that court thing and personal issues between them now does not, or might not
      [yas I was and plea guilty] belittle musiclike the sound of The Smiths

      Amen
    1. Tom Tom Club's Avatar
      Tom Tom Club -
      Quote Originally Posted by HandThatRocksTheCradle View Post
      I JUST finished reading the "revised and expanded edition" of this book. Lots of insight as to what happened to this band. SAD. I've loved the Smiths since buying "Meat Is Murder" back in 1985. I was in the Army and deployed to Panama in 1988 when they broke up. I found the "Viva Hate" cassette in the PX and thought it was just a one-off solo deal. This book was really well-written.
      I think Johnny Marr is a really good guy and so is Morrissey and this is a great book for people who love The Smiths.
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous View Post
      Re-issue! Re-package! Slip them into different sleeves! Buy both, and feel deceived!
      In fairness to Simon, the original publisher went bust and Titan picked up the original publishers back catalogue and are putting each title out one at a time in order to get a return on their purchase.
    1. Anonymous's Avatar
      Anonymous -
      I thought Rogan's re-issue was scraping the barrel but this takes the biscuit. Revised edition includes an updated title! - Is this its main selling point? Like this makes any difference to the book! I know times is tough but this is taking the p***. Goddard must be laughing all the way to the bank.
    1. LaPipe's Avatar
      LaPipe -
      Do you suggest to buy the first or the revised editon ??Have differences anyway ??
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