"Boy, Interrupted" by Dale Hibbert available for pre-sale; Morrissey-solo Q&A request for questions

Discussion in 'General Discussion archive 2015 (read-only)' started by davidt, Nov 10, 2015.

By davidt on Nov 10, 2015 at 5:32 PM
  1. davidt

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    Mark from Pomona Books sends news of the pre-sale for "Boy, Interrupted" by Dale Hibbert now available at the link below.

    In addition, Dale has agreed to answer some questions from site users for a Morrissey-solo Q&A. Please post any questions for Dale you might have in the comments below, I'll forward the top / most liked questions in a few days.

    UPDATE Nov. 20:
    Answers posted.



    Boy, Interrupted by Dale Hibbert
    - Pomona Books

    Pub: November 2015
    ISBN-13: 978-1904590309

    "I have felt alone all my life." Dale Hibbert’s story reads like a song by The Smiths, which might not be a coincidence.

    His mother died when he was eight days old. He was a latch-key kid. He has married four times and has eight children. He has ‘died’ twice. He is a depressive. He has been penniless. But he has also been a musician, producer, sound engineer, a millionaire and the owner of night clubs, cafés and successful businesses. He has lived in a car, and a mansion.

    Hibbert was a member of The Smiths during their early days and privy to the dreams and outlandish ideas of young Morrissey and Marr. As the bass player and engineer at their first recording sessions, he helped shape their sound. With Morrissey’s arms around his waist, they rode the streets of Manchester.

    Hibbert gives a compelling insight into the rain-swept, working class life that fuelled the creativity of The Smiths. He was also a witness to the Manchester music scene of the late-1970s and early-1980s that spawned, among others, Joy Division, Buzzcocks and The Fall.

    All those people, all those lives, as Steven (‘Don’t call me Steve!’) Patrick Morrissey once said.

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Discussion in 'General Discussion archive 2015 (read-only)' started by davidt, Nov 10, 2015.

    1. Cornflakes
      Cornflakes
      Re: "Boy, Interrupted" by Dale Hibbert available for pre-sale; Morrissey-solo Q&A forthcoming

      I suppose the answer to a lot of the questions will be "it's in the book".

      Anyway...

      Dale, did you write any of what became the Smiths' basslines as we know them, or were they re-written by Andy Rourke?

      And what, if anything, can you tell us about Annalisa, who did the female voice on Suffer Little Children?
    2. evennow
      evennow
      How much of your inclusion in The Smiths do you put on your connections at Decibelle Studios, and what was the main thing you felt when asked to leave the band? From a distance, it appears that you were the "friend" with the car so to speak.

      And to follow-up if I might, have you ever through the years drawn comparisons between yourself and Pete Best or felt a certain kinship with him over your similar fates? Thank you for your time sir.
      Last edited: Nov 10, 2015
    3. Jamie
      Jamie
      Re: "Boy, Interrupted" by Dale Hibbert available for pre-sale; Morrissey-solo Q&A forthcoming

      Dale: thanks for agreeing to a round of questioning from the Morrissey-Solo hoi polloi. Best success with the book.

      From your perspective, how did the Morrissey / Marr dynamic work, both in the studio and outside? Did Johnny generally communicate Morrissey's suggestions/critiques for him or were they both active participants? What struck you as the most remarkable thing about either man?
    4. Detritus
      Detritus
      Re: "Boy, Interrupted" by Dale Hibbert available for pre-sale; Morrissey-solo Q&A forthcoming

      Dale, I know you've owned a couple of vegetarian/vegan cafes in England. Are you vegetarian/vegan yourself, and if so, is this something you and Morrissey bonded over or did you come to decide on a meat-free diet post-Smiths?
    5. sycophantic_slag
      sycophantic_slag
      Dear Dale, what inspires you to persevere through so many hardships and feelings of loneliness? In other words, what brings you hope the most?

      Sincerely,
      Kenneth Stavitzke
      a/k/a sycophantic_slag
    6. Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Re: "Boy, Interrupted" by Dale Hibbert available for pre-sale; Morrissey-solo Q&A forthcoming

      dale, mucho gracias from taking time from your busy day to answer a few questions:

      1- what do you mean to say with the bit about moz having his arm around your waist while you slowly walked thru the streets of london?
      2- three moz 'huma' stories please.
    7. Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Re: "Boy, Interrupted" by Dale Hibbert available for pre-sale; Morrissey-solo Q&A forthcoming

      Hi Dale

      How much cheese could Steven get through in the early days and what was his favourite.

      Benny-the-British-Butcher
    8. Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Re: "Boy, Interrupted" by Dale Hibbert available for pre-sale; Morrissey-solo Q&A forthcoming

      Was the aesthetic and sartorial style of The Smiths every discussed openly and in detail? The plain Jane, cast-off clothes, exaggerated quiffs and odd brooches was a big bulbous salutation in the road, a divergence from the mega-eyeliner, bleached-out android look of David Sylvian and other "alternative" pop stars of that time. Did you have "the right hair"?
    9. Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Re: "Boy, Interrupted" by Dale Hibbert available for pre-sale; Morrissey-solo Q&A forthcoming

      Hi Dale

      is it true that steve wasa callgrl?
    10. Eric Hartman
      Eric Hartman
      Re: "Boy, Interrupted" by Dale Hibbert available for pre-sale; Morrissey-solo Q&A forthcoming

      Hi Kenneth!
    11. Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Re: "Boy, Interrupted" by Dale Hibbert available for pre-sale; Morrissey-solo Q&A forthcoming

      yeah i always thought the title "best" of the smiths was and would be funny though people wouldnt get it and just claim it trickery involving the smiths name.


      hmm i dont have to many questions but someone mentioned various situations and bouts of loneliness above and i was wondering, as the smiths progressed did you find yourself a fan of the band in later years as they were or became an act that is associated with many of these themes. if so was it weird to think i used to be in this band and now theyre singing my life so to speak. hope everything goes well for you and alls well
    12. Raised To Wait
      Raised To Wait
      Dear Mr Hibbert,

      Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions from the questionable ranks of Morrissey-solo.

      I have often wondered if anyone in the Smiths camp ever talked to you at the time Craig Gannon was asked to step in for Andy?

      All the best for the book and what comes next,

      Sincerely

      Paul Campbell
      Aka "Raised to Wait"
    13. Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Re: "Boy, Interrupted" by Dale Hibbert available for pre-sale; Morrissey-solo Q&A forthcoming

      There was so much cheese abuse going on in the early days Benny to be honest, all the early stuff was written on lines of Parmesan. Forget Madchester and Gunchester, Parmesanchester was where it was at, (mold for it).

      Dale
    14. Sidnettle
      Sidnettle
      Dale

      Are you related to Tony or Stephen Hibbert?

      Many thanks,
      Sid
    15. Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Re: "Boy, Interrupted" by Dale Hibbert available for pre-sale; Morrissey-solo Q&A forthcoming

      hi dale, thank you for taking my questions.
      my questions:

      are you related to roy hibbert, the lakers center?

      did you ever finally get paid?
    16. eugenius
      eugenius
      Glad you've decided to write a book, Dale. I followed you on your blog a log time ago -- you only got a few posts in, but they were all informative and offered a unique look at the Smiths before they were even called the Smiths.

      So my question: You talked a bit about the orders you got about your hair style, bowling shirts, etc. Much has been said about Morrissey and Marr wanting the Smiths to be a band that catered exclusively to a gay audience (like Bronski Beat and The Communards, I suppose), yet they backtrack on that now. How much of that was true: the style, the plotted direction of the band -- considering you were there during the formative early months. Morrissey and Marr like to say the band's style developed organically and that may be the case, but it sounds like there were some specific plans before the love beads and turtlenecks.
    17. AztecCamera
      AztecCamera
      I recognize this lad from a pic of Morrissey and him at Magic Mountain during their "working class lives". Anonymous-
      Last edited: Nov 11, 2015
    18. Poet
      Poet
      Re: "Boy, Interrupted" by Dale Hibbert available for pre-sale; Morrissey-solo Q&A forthcoming

      Hello Dale.

      Can you tell us why you would latch onto Morrissey's (aka The Smith's) legacy like a leech even though you had virtually no role whatsoever?

      Also, I've heard you say that The Smiths started out as a gay band, is there something wrong with gays?

      Thank you in advance.
    19. Mr Delaney
      Mr Delaney
      Re: "Boy, Interrupted" by Dale Hibbert available for pre-sale; Morrissey-solo Q&A forthcoming

      Questionable ranks indeed. Still, I think we can't complain, not too many people being obnoxious (so far).


      Dear Dale,

      Guess this question has been asked already in slightly different wording by [MENTION=10249]Cornflakes[/MENTION], but still. Was there much room for improvisation/(re)arrangement while you were in The Smiths, or did Johnny present the band with fully formed arrangements and told you what to play?

      Also, your memories of that first Smiths gig will probably feature extensively in the book, but anything you can share on that would be much appreciated.

      Many thanks in advance.

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