“Set the Boy Free” – Johnny Marr: the in Depth interview by Fergal Kinney - Louder Than War

“Set the Boy Free” – Johnny Marr : the in Depth interview on the Smiths, his book, Bowie and Brexit - Louder Than War

Johnny Marr interviewed by Fergal Kinney

“I THOUGHT it was important” explains Johnny Marr down the phone on a Wednesday afternoon, “to let people know what really happened”. To borrow a phrase, it’s time the tale were told – the Smiths story is one that’s been documented within an inch of its life but often with varying degrees of accuracy and never from Marr’s vantage point.


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Nice bit on the nearly 2008 reunion: " I’d thought anyway that if the Smiths were ever going to reform a big part of it would have been to make a new record, because on the one occasion – that I talk about in the book – that it may have nearly happened, I was one hundred per cent as excited about writing new songs as I was about playing in front of two hundred thousand people. Because I’m always led by new records I guess. I don’t know, weirdly, you are a nostalgia act when you do the big comeback, and usually no-one gives a damn about your new material. But, that wouldn’t be my mentality."
 
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Amy

from the Ice Age to the dole age
So I'm skimming the book and am not madly impressed, thus far. Maybe I'm missing the entertaining stuff but it seems like an awful lot of, "I joined this band, and it was great, then I left that band which was not great. I joined another band, which was great, then left and joined another band, that was great too. In between I got a bowl cut hairdo, which was great, and got married, which was great, I've got great mates..." :straightface:
 

Flibberty

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So I'm skimming the book and am not madly impressed, thus far. Maybe I'm missing the entertaining stuff but it seems like an awful lot of, "I joined this band, and it was great, then I left that band which was not great. I joined another band, which was great, then left and joined another band, that was great too. In between I got a bowl cut hairdo, which was great, and got married, which was great, I've got great mates..." :straightface:
There is certainly an element of truth here. :)
 
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Anonymous

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So I'm skimming the book and am not madly impressed, thus far. Maybe I'm missing the entertaining stuff but it seems like an awful lot of, "I joined this band, and it was great, then I left that band which was not great. I joined another band, which was great, then left and joined another band, that was great too. In between I got a bowl cut hairdo, which was great, and got married, which was great, I've got great mates..." :straightface:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/revi...ONXYS6/ref=cm_cr_dp_mb_rvw_1?ie=UTF8&cursor=1
 
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Anonymous

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So I'm skimming the book and am not madly impressed, thus far. Maybe I'm missing the entertaining stuff but it seems like an awful lot of, "I joined this band, and it was great, then I left that band which was not great. I joined another band, which was great, then left and joined another band, that was great too. In between I got a bowl cut hairdo, which was great, and got married, which was great, I've got great mates..." :straightface:
http://virginradio.co.uk/highlights...-set-the-boy-free-and-his-career-161103139067
 
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Anonymous

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So I'm skimming the book and am not madly impressed, thus far. Maybe I'm missing the entertaining stuff but it seems like an awful lot of, "I joined this band, and it was great, then I left that band which was not great. I joined another band, which was great, then left and joined another band, that was great too. In between I got a bowl cut hairdo, which was great, and got married, which was great, I've got great mates..." :straightface:
Well he doesn't seem like a dramatic person for better or worse. Probably better to know him and his music than to read about his life though I find stuff like that somewhat interesting even when dry and non dramatic. As a person easy to get along with that probably does sum up his life somewhat
 
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