Morrissey Letters

sistasheila

tjekket




here one too from 81
posted by davidt on Wednesday January 03 2007, @12:00PM

Smiths writes:
Here is an article about a letter a Morrissey wrote where he mentions the Chelsea hotel - the txt of the article seems a bit worked up considering what moz actually wrote, bu...feh

Morrissey Hurts Hotel Chelsea's Feelings
The poor Hotel Chelsea is feeling a bit down after finding a letter from one Steven Morrissey (known to most as. simply: Morrissey). The letter states that he will be leaving (artless) Texas to do a photoshoot using the hotel as an "insignificant background".

Of course, legends are often forgiven, and this is no exception. The Hotel Chelsea bloggers write: "Since your letter is dated January 16, 1981, I feel confident you have repented of your sin of false pride by this time. You can come back to the Chelsea and play a concert for us anytime."

Here's the full letter:

Morrissey Misses The Chelsea, Kinda Sorta - Living With Legends: Hotel Chelsea Blog

http://legends.typepad.com/living_with_legends_the_h/2007/01/morrissey_misse.html
 
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sistasheila

tjekket
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Youse Have Been Nice To Me, So...

Here's a genuine Moz letter from 1980 - friend of mine got it from the Scottish addressee when he met him at a gig. As the correspondent is mentioned in The Songs That Saved Your Life as having let Simon Goddard see letters to him from Moz, I don't think it's breaching any great confidentiality clause to let you see this. Moz actually comes across as somebody you wouldn't really want to correspond with, and his handwriting is...bizarre to say the least, but it's still well worth reading as a piece of psychological insight into the 21-year-old unemployed pre-Smith's mind and musical and cultural tastes.

Enjoy.
 
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mell

loves moz
Re: Youse Have Been Nice To Me, So...

Here's a genuine Moz letter from 1980 - friend of mine got it from the Scottish addressee when he met him at a gig. As the correspondent is mentioned in The Songs That Saved Your Life as having let Simon Goddard see letters to him from Moz, I don't think it's breaching any great confidentiality clause to let you see this. Moz actually comes across as somebody you wouldn't really want to correspond with, and his handwriting is...bizarre to say the least, but it's still well worth reading as a piece of psychological insight into the 21-year-old unemployed pre-Smith's mind and musical and cultural tastes.

Enjoy.
Thanks for posting, I hadn't seen the scans of the letters before.

However, I find him fascinating and would TOTALLY have wanted him as a pen-pal! His letters are much more interesting than the letters I got from my pen-pal when I was 12. ;)
 

Scarlet Ibis

The Chicken of D.C.
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Oh, these made me happy! Thank you. I'd never seen the originals, just the typed out version.

I love his handwriting.

:)
 

Very Moz

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Nice to read this, thanks for sharing

...and I am delighted to read he liked Monochrome set :)
 
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Youse are very welcome. Interesting to see that somebody so literate would have handwriting so sloppy and childlike. Scarlet Ibis, you say you have seen a typed-out version. Are there more of these available on the net anywhere? I would love to see them, typed-out or not.
 

Scarlet Ibis

The Chicken of D.C.
Re: Youse Have Been Nice To Me, So...

Youse are very welcome. Interesting to see that somebody so literate would have handwriting so sloppy and childlike. Scarlet Ibis, you say you have seen a typed-out version. Are there more of these available on the net anywhere? I would love to see them, typed-out or not.
Yes... there were a lot of them at one time, though I can't seem to find them tonight. I actually have them all on my hard drive on my other computer... I think. I'd have to search for them.

If I can't find them online I'll post them.

D: It's funny how wrong I feel about doing that though. I feel so protective of Morrissey. I feel like it would irritate him.

I guess I'm being silly.

Also, about his handwriting, my husband's handwriting is similar, only much worse. My husband is probably the most intelligent man I know, but his handwriting looks like he's brain damaged. I don't think handwriting has much to do with how intelligent or literate a person is.

Plus, for a boy, Morrissey's writing is pretty decent looking, I think.
 

bysshe

human bean
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I just got a chance to look at the scans. Thanks for posting them!
 
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You could always email them to me at [email protected] and I would be forever in your debt.

I know what you mean about feeling protective about stuff. However. It's not like the letter I posted has any deep emotional information in it between two people, it's 28 years old, and, as I see here now, it must have already been made available to the general public. And also volumes of literary letters get released all the time. So I don't feel like I'm violating anybody's trust, cos that was violated by the addressee in the first place when he passed it on to whoever he passed it on to, probably in a spirit of "I used to correspond with Morrissey before he was famous" bragging. I just thought I was lucky enough to have seen this and that other Moz fans might appreciate it, so I stuck it up here, in a spirit of literary socialism, cos why should only an elect select few see stuff?

Glad youse liked it though. It's definitely interesting, I will say that for it, though Moz comes across as cold - "I wish I could lose (my sister)" and sarcastic and defensive (trying to look 'over-educated' when he graduated high school with, what, one or two O-levels?).

Whatever.
 

Scarlet Ibis

The Chicken of D.C.
Re: Youse Have Been Nice To Me, So...

You could always email them to me at [email protected] and I would be forever in your debt.

I know what you mean about feeling protective about stuff. However. It's not like the letter I posted has any deep emotional information in it between two people, it's 28 years old, and, as I see here now, it must have already been made available to the general public. And also volumes of literary letters get released all the time. So I don't feel like I'm violating anybody's trust, cos that was violated by the addressee in the first place when he passed it on to whoever he passed it on to, probably in a spirit of "I used to correspond with Morrissey before he was famous" bragging. I just thought I was lucky enough to have seen this and that other Moz fans might appreciate it, so I stuck it up here, in a spirit of literary socialism, cos why should only an elect select few see stuff?

Glad youse liked it though. It's definitely interesting, I will say that for it, though Moz comes across as cold - "I wish I could lose (my sister)" and sarcastic and defensive (trying to look 'over-educated' when he graduated high school with, what, one or two O-levels?).

Whatever.
I know. You didn't do anything wrong by posting them. That's not what I meant. It's not so much about right and wrong for me as it is about imagining Morrissey sitting down to his computer and cringing at something I posted that he probably wished would disappear. Ya know?

Sure, I'll email them... when I find them. Seriously, I don't know exactly where they are at the moment. Give me a couple of days to look. :)

Yeah, he does come across as being cold and rather cocky, but he was a kid. I think Morrissey was a kid deep into his twenties, really. There are things I wrote when I was that age that aren't me at all anymore. Although, now that I think about it, he is still sort of that way, only less in-your-face about it. Remember, though, that Morrissey expresses his interest in a person by kidding them, insulting them and generally trying hard to twist their brain into a knot. It's part of his perverse charm.
 
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Yes, I understand. If you looked at some of the stuff I wrote when I was 21 I would probably get locked up! We all of course change with age and Moz is no different. But it's interesting to see the way he 'relates' to his wannabe-penpal, and the way he tries to do it. Very insulting. It's just a continuum of his personality though, so what do you expect?

I doubt Moz sits down and reads these posts. Why would he?

And thanks in advance if you email me the letters elsewhere on the net. Much appreciated.
 
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dzhemini

Member
Re: Youse Have Been Nice To Me, So...

Here's a genuine Moz letter from 1980 - friend of mine got it from the Scottish addressee when he met him at a gig. As the correspondent is mentioned in The Songs That Saved Your Life as having let Simon Goddard see letters to him from Moz, I don't think it's breaching any great confidentiality clause to let you see this. Moz actually comes across as somebody you wouldn't really want to correspond with, and his handwriting is...bizarre to say the least, but it's still well worth reading as a piece of psychological insight into the 21-year-old unemployed pre-Smith's mind and musical and cultural tastes.

Enjoy.
Thank you!!! I had read the letters but I hadn't seen the scans before.

Morrissey has the strangest handwriting I've ever seen! :)
 

Scarlet Ibis

The Chicken of D.C.
Re: Youse Have Been Nice To Me, So...

Yes, I understand. If you looked at some of the stuff I wrote when I was 21 I would probably get locked up! We all of course change with age and Moz is no different. But it's interesting to see the way he 'relates' to his wannabe-penpal, and the way he tries to do it. Very insulting. It's just a continuum of his personality though, so what do you expect?

I doubt Moz sits down and reads these posts. Why would he?

And thanks in advance if you email me the letters elsewhere on the net. Much appreciated.
Oh, he does.

Anyway, I just clicked on the links above and I now see that I don't have anything you don't already have. I just have the letters contained here: http://prince.org/msg/8/188742

Sorry about that. D:
 
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