Set the Boy Free by Johnny Marr
The Autobiography

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The long-awaited memoir from the legendary guitarist and cofounder of the seminal British band The Smiths.

An artist who helped define a period in popular culture, Johnny Marr tells his story in a memoir as vivid and arresting as his music. The Smiths, the band with the signature sound he cofounded, remains one of the most beloved bands ever, and have a profound influence on a number of acts that followed—from the Stone Roses, Suede, Blur, and Radiohead to Oasis, The Libertines, and Arctic Monkeys.

Marr recalls his childhood growing up in the northern working-class city of Manchester, in a house filled with music. He takes us back to the summer of 1982 when, at eighteen, he sought out one Stephen Morrissey to form a new band they called The Smiths. Marr invites fans on stage, on the road, and in the studio for the five years The Smiths were together and how after a rapid ascent, the working-class teenage rock star enjoyed and battled with the perks of success until ideological differences, combined with his much publicized strained relationships with fellow band mates, caused him to leave in 1987. Marr’s “escape” as he calls it, ensured the beginning of the end for one of the most influential groups of a generation. But The Smiths’ end was only the beginning for Marr. The bona-fide guitar hero continues to experiment and evolve in his solo career to this day, playing with Paul McCartney, Pretenders, Modest Mouse, Oasis and collaborating today’s most creative and renowned artists. 

Rising above and beyond the personal struggles and bitter feuds, Marr delivers the story of his music and his band, sharing the real insights of a man who has made music his life, and finally giving fans what they’ve truly been waiting for.

 

 

About Johnny Marr

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Pat Graham's photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including Rolling Stone, Spin, Artforum, The Village Voice, Washington Post, and VICE, among others. He lives in London. Johnny Marr is one of the most influential guitarists of the last thirty years. A founding member of The Smiths, he has also played with The The, Electronic, Modest Mouse, The Cribs, and Johnny Marr and the Healers. He lives in Manchester, England.
 
Published November 15, 2016 by Dey Street Books. 480 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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The guitarist who formed, moulded and broke up the cult 80s band by age of 23 has written a breezy and smart memoir – with only the odd dig at Morrissey

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