The Smiths

The Smiths

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A new biography about The Smiths, "The Smiths. Piosenki o twoim życiu" (eng. "The Smiths. Songs about your life"), will be published on the 20 April 2018 in Poland. It was written by Maciej Koprowicz, a journalist of Antyradio.pl, an alternative music radio station and website.



Here's some information I found about the book:
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"I Don't Owe You Anything" was going to be a single? I don't recall seeing or hearing this previously.

The 15 Greatest Manchester Albums Ever - NME

Excerpt:

12. The Smiths – ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’
6. The Smiths – ‘Louder Than Bombs’
1. The Smiths – ‘The Queen Is Dead’
I wish all music magazines/newspapers would archive things for us to reminisce over.
Here is Number One Magazine from 30 years ago today (12, March 1988) which gives a little musical snap shot of the more 'pop' side of things (with an indie lean) 45p!!!
I'd urge anyone interested in music of the 80's to dig through all these issues. The classifieds & adverts are a nostalgia overload :)

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Full magazine page scans here:
http://www.shanemarais.net/no-1-magazine-12-march-1988/

I bought this magazine a few times myself - simply for the Morrissey bits.
Regards,
FWD.

*UPDATE*

Turns out Shane is a very busy guy and has a vast archive of complete Number One Magazine in a digital format. I haven't the time to go through every one as there's so many, but I'm sure Moz features in others:

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Is How Soon Is Now The Best Smiths Song? - Radio X

"Morrissey has a bad night out on this epic Smiths song, which saw Johnny Marr’s guitar virtuosity take centre stage. Since its release in the summer of 1984, the song has become a rallying cry for the lonely and awkward, its depiction of a social misfit at odds with the trendies and cool kids becoming an iconic moment in its own right. But for what was to become one of the most famous Smiths songs of all - and quite possibly a contender for the band’s very best recording - the track had something of an inauspicious beginning."

An article with video links to all the material that inspired the creation of the song.
Regards,
FWD.
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Just a heads up to the community that I have finally received my 450-page behemoth early copy of TALES OF THE SMITHS - which is now available for pre-order:
amazon.co.uk/dp/1783055871

My graphic novel biography of The Smiths, TALES OF THE SMITHS, which was created and serialised online daily from 2012-2014, has at last been collected and printed by Omnibus Press and will begin distribution on March 22nd! Still ill!




UPDATE Feb. 27:

Link posted by an anonymous person:

There’s a New 464-Page Graphic Novel About the Smiths - Pitchfork





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When The Smiths were fronted by a 1960s era female popstar - Post-Punk.com

Excerpt:
"Morrissey and Marr having the strong desire to be recognized professionally as great songwriters not unlike Burt Bacharach and Hal David who wrote Shaw’s first hit, began writing her letters asking if she would cover their song I Don’t Owe You Anything, which they had written and composed in the hopes that Shaw would agree to perform it.

Shaw was initially reluctant to accept the offer being averse to the controversy surrounding The Smith’s track Reel Around the Fountain.

Despite this, Morrissey and Marr persisted in trying to recruit Shaw to perform their music, and Shaw was eventually won over by Morrissey’s praise of her in the press by the intervention of Rough Trade label founder Geoff Travis."
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