The new issue of 'GQ Style', the bi-annual fashion magazine, hit the shops this week sporting Cover Star Joey Barton ~
It's as thrilling a read as it could be, with no actual fresh Morrissey content within. As you might surmise from the cover strap lines Morrissey references feature on every one of it's (non-ad) 310 pages, and some pretty obscure ones at that. The Barton piece is accompanied by some quite beautiful photographs by the best British fashion photographer at work today - Alasdair McLellan (who shot Moz for his 'i-D' appearance in 2004) - and it includes his recollection of his meeting with Morrissey at Glastonbury last year. He also elaborates on just why Morrissey means what he means to him. It would have been...something to get Moz to interview him - a car crash or a classic type of deal.
The whole charming enterprise is overseen, with wit and considerable élan by 'GQ Style' editor Ben Reardon, long-time Moz fan (and author of one of the best 'wilderness' interviews during his time at 'i-D' magazine in 2003 ~ http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/c...lily/IDmag.jpg thank you sistasheila!)
Reardon, in his Editor's Letter, pens the most positive and cogent defence yet of Morrissey's anti-Jubilympics stance. To wit ~ "This issue of GQ Style is for the boy in the corner; the last to be picked for the squad; the weird kid trampling the sidelines while others strive for white-toothed, smiling perfection. Those charming men."
Or ~ "There is a reason Morrissey has become such an influential figure in the rigours of modern menswear. Why everyone and his wife (literally) now has a quiff and old Levi's, Dr Marten's, denim jackets, blazers, mega-print shirts and button badges have become contemporary wardrobe staples. He was once - and refuses to stop being - our national underdog, the one who doesn't fit in with the rest."
And ~ "I still can't shake the idea that inspired so many of the men that conspired to make this issue of GQ Style, that Morrissey has always propagated: that the best thing about being a man is being flawed and running with that."
The magazine's endplate is a painting by Princess Julia, DJ/Writer & Moz-nut ~
which more resembles Morrissey the Consumer Monkey than Steven Patrick; No? ~
But that aside, the magazine is a handsome affair, and, more than that, it is a beautiful boon ~ a very welcome positive feast of modernist Morrissey-ness in the media, at the end of a summer of slings and arrows. Pity there was no interview though...