UPDATE Sep. 13, 3:05PM PT:
link posted by jbabz:
Clarification - true-to-you.net
13 September 2013
The publication of Morrissey's Autobiography remains with Penguin Books.
This is a deal for the UK and Europe, but Morrissey has no contract with a publisher for the U.S. or any other territory.
As of 13 September, Morrissey and Penguin (UK) remain determined to publish within the next few weeks.
Statement - true-to-you.net
12 September 2013
Although Morrissey's Autobiography was set to be available throughout the UK on September 16th, a last-minute content disagreement between Penguin Books and Morrissey has caused the venture to collapse. No review copies were printed, and Morrissey is now in search of a new publisher.
UPDATE - media coverage:
The Story of Morrissey's Autobiography Keeps Getting Weirder by ALEXANDER ABAD-SANTOS - The Atlantic Wire
But two spokespeople in Penguin's New York headquarters said they had no knowledge of any plans for publication.
A spokeswoman for Penguin's U.K. arm was a little more revealing when reached via email about Morrissey's latest signal to fans about the book.
"How nice that he seemed to say yes," said the spokeswoman, Rosie Glaisher. "Here's hoping."
But she added: "Nothing on the schedule at this time."
And then there's this comment to The Guardian this morning:
Penguin has refused to confirm or deny that the book was due to be published, or even the existence of the reported deal with the singer.
Morrissey autobiography deal has collapsed, says semi-official fan site by Liz Bury - The Guardian
Morrissey pulls his autobiography days before release - BBC.co.uk
A Penguin Books spokeswoman said there would be no comment on the issue.
Link/excerpt posted by HangtheDJ16:
Is Morrissey’s autobiography a book that will never come out? by Nick Clark - The Independent
Singer announces 11th-hour split from publishers – despite no evidence the book was anywhere near finished
Lee Brackstone, creative director of Faber, said it was the “first I’d heard” about next week’s supposed publication. “I can’t see how they could turn the book around that quickly and nobody seems to know anything about it. It seems like mischief to me.”
Mr Brackstone had written an open letter to Morrissey in 2010 to woo him to the publisher, though “only half seriously” and continued in a similar tone yesterday. “I’ve grown out of it. All I can say is: that joke isn’t funny any more.”
He added: “It will be a wonderful book and I love him – he’s a hero to so many people and remains a vital influence in this moribund culture he constantly challenges. But working with him? I’m not sure I’ve the strength and fortitude much as I’d love to.”
One industry insider said: “There is simply no evidence of this book in existence. It would be on the radar of bookshops, certainly wholesalers. How else would it get sold? Out of the boot of his car?”
Morrissey’s autobiography was not listed as due for publication on the Nielsen Index, nor was it given an International Standard Book Number (ISBN) code which it would have been had it been coming out next week, according to the industry insider.