You guys have it real easy. I never had it like this where I grew up. But I send my kids here because the fact is you go to one of the best schools in the country: Rushmore. Now, for some of you it doesn't matter. You were born rich and you're going to stay rich. But here's my advice to the rest of you: Take dead aim on the rich boys. Get them in the crosshairs and take them down.
It's a decent book in places, though proportionately very little is "about" The Smiths, the first two thirds are tedious - I don't mind reading about Morrissey's school days, but the detail about random pupils I simply don't care about is dull beyond belief. What should be background information is stretched out to be the bulk of the book.
The research is thorough in terms of presentation only, as it SEEMS thorough but drops off as soon as the interesting sections begin - that being the actual careers of Morrissey and Marr in the Smiths. Rogan was unable to penetrate that inner circle obviously.
I mentioned the presentation as thorough, but only because of the dubious substance: I do wonder how Rogan could describe what was in Morrissey's diary- for example, the allegation Morrissey wrote about Pakistanis having a foul aroma needs to be substantiated. The obvious suggestion is that he READ a diary Morrissey kept, but how? I don't see Morrissey's faithful mother handing over a childhood diary of her son to some anon scribe. And how he knew how Morrissey was feeling on a given day - this crops up over and over, his suppositions litter the book, and casts doubt even on what is factual.
It's about a 6/10. It was the first book about The Smiths, and not the best. It's readable and occasionally interesting, providing you have more than a pinch of salt at hand and are willing to wade through dry reams of text with only tenuous links to Morrissey or Marr. While I think Rogan has superb analytical skills, I think he had far less meat than the heft of the tome might suggest.
I refer to it as the Severe Dalliance, in my customarily poor attempt at humour.
I think "The Severed Alliance" is an interesting book, in parts, but the reader should be careful not to trust Rogan's representations too much - particularly his depiction of the interviews. Marr said that he went to Rogan with the intention of setting the record straight, but instead Rogan hanged him with his own quotes. Moz berated Johnny for his involvement, regardless. Reader beware, etc.
So is this going to be like a completely re-written version of the first edition (which I own a signed copy of, thankyouveryfuckingmuch)
lost it somewhere in Paris, in okt 2002 gig
So this is a good time to buy this one
[also thinking about the Smiths CD box, if one of yer collection sticks in the cd player,
you have to buy a new one, as with some Morrissey albums who aren't made, it might be
reaonable to have 3 CD's and the Vinyl of Meat is Murder, and the others ones]
btw, the vinyl is having come back, don't judge me, just remeber I mentioned it here
"Morrissey is wearing a pair of vintage jeans and sipping from a can of Red Bull."Mon Coeur ne bat que pour Morrissey
I read this back in 1992 or 1993, I remember it being very well-written. Granted, I was a child, but I definitely got the impression that at least Rogan was a fan who cared about the subject matter; however rabidly his devotion twisted into madness and a hidden agenda, I couldn't say. I couldn't vouch for the truth of what is in it; but then very few can.
That it caused Morrissey so much ire is interesting. Seems odd he would get as angry as he did if it was all smoke and no fire.
At any rate, factual or farcical, it's light years better than anything by David Bret.
The thing is, people will come from all corners of the world to chest-beat about how awful a book or an album or a movie is
but in the end, every one of those people will eventually end up checking it out, be it for curiousity or for completist's sake, and that's when the author has won.
And yet...every Smiths fan will gobble it up for any new shred of information the so-called 'dinosaur' has to offer
Once upon a time, in a land far away, a delicate soul with a beautiful mind told stories and sang songs that enchanted the world. Then along came a tin-eared and uncultured Oik, who retold these stories and translated these songs, in a tedious pedantic oikery of his own. Rogan is a hack-tard who spreads ordure over beauty.
Anyway, from the collapsing Morrissey bookshelf, The Severed Alliance always struck me as the best and most compulsively readable book and Rogan the best writer.