Songs That Saved Your Life by Simon Goddard
(Revised Edition): The Art of The Smiths 1982-87

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Goddard’s book is an invaluable resource for Smiths fans who’ve ever wondered where Morrissey’s wordplay came from.
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One of the seminal groups of the Eighties, The Smiths' career was as brilliant as it was brief. Now, drawing on interviews with band members, producers, and colleagues, music journalist Simon Goddard presents a meticulous chronological survey of the group's musical evolution, from their first demos in 1982 to their final fractured studio session five years later.

Investigating the stories behind the songs, and detailing every British TV and radio session, he also offers a unique analysis of each track's concert life. Granted unprecedented access to The Smiths' studio archives and to the private collection of outtakes and rehearsals retained by drummer Mike Joyce, the author lifts the lid on unreleased material as well as the lost songs and alternate versions that have remained closely guarded secrets until now.
 

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Simon Goddard is a music journalist who writes for a variety of publications, including Q magazine.
 
Published March 26, 2013 by Titan Books. 368 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Noel Murray on Feb 19 2013

Goddard’s book is an invaluable resource for Smiths fans who’ve ever wondered where Morrissey’s wordplay came from.

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