Posted in books | movies | tour dates on December 7, 2013

by Bill Pearis

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Morrissey's Autobiography was released this week in North America in hardback -- and the UK got a hardback version this week too (the original was a Penguin Classics paperback). That's the US and UK hardback covers above, respectively.

Morrissey will be in NYC this week for a book signing at Barnes & Noble Union Square this Thursday (12/12) at 7 PM. According to B&N, there's no reading or performance, just a straight signing, and "Your receipt for book = ticket!" This should be an interesting scene.

UPDATE (12/8): Turns out this isn't happening. Bummer.

In related news, there have been unsubstantiated reports that the US and UK versions differ, and that some details about Moz's '90s relationship with Jake Owen Walters have been edited out. I bought the import a while back and that section is definitely one of Autobiography's most interesting, a rare glimpse inside a personal life Morrissey has successfully managed to keep personal until now. The first third of the book, detailing his life growing up a very poor Manchester, is probably the best part.

The latter half, though, spends a lot of time complaining about Rough Trade boss Geoff Travis and refuting -- line-by-line -- the ruling against Morrissey and Marr in the royalties lawsuit that Smiths drummer Mike Joyce won. There's also a lot of stuff like this:

Michael Stipe appears at Caroline Place, and we have tea in the back garden as the dunghill wafts of Queensway restaurants foul the air.

'I don't like this area,' I tell Michael.

'Then why do you live here?' he asks.

'I have no idea,' I reply.

'When I first heard Everyday is like Sunday I felt very jealous,' he goes on, and he explains how he, too, would like to go solo.

'I didn't ever want to go solo,' I say, 'I thought the Smiths would run for at least thirty albums.'

We walk through Hyde Park and then slowly across to Hammersmith. We enter the Hammersmith Odeon through the stage door, and six minutes later Michael walks onstage with REM. He is wearing the same clothes that he has worn all day, and he hasn't brushed his teeth.

Have you read it yet?

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Comments (33)

But did he ever drink Hennessy with Eddie Argos?

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2013 1:20 PM

But did he ever eat hummus with Wyn Butler?

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2013 1:40 PM

Talk about a clusterfuck. How many nerds are gonna wait around all day for this?

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2013 2:10 PM

1:34 ftw

Posted by Only Kevin Is Real | December 7, 2013 2:50 PM

Wow I just spermed all over my copy of The Queen Is Dead

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2013 3:09 PM

Wait around all day, 2:10? Try all week. There will be crazed fans lining up starting tomorrow morning.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2013 3:17 PM

I know he's huge in other cities but I don't know what the fan base is like in NY. When he did that long run of 6 nights at hammerstein couple years back they had to resort to selling tickets two for one. And that was the ticketmaster site itself. You know it's bad when ticketmaster is willing to cut costs on tickets.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2013 3:49 PM

Odds are he will cancel. The bookstore sells cook books with meat recipes.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2013 3:58 PM

he will sign a few and leave early

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2013 4:45 PM

it was five nights. and that's a very decent run for any artist.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2013 5:01 PM

as relates to past signings at this space, does anyone know if the store allows a queue inside during the day?

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2013 5:15 PM

This is going to be mayhem.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2013 7:36 PM

I will be a dork who waits.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2013 7:45 PM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2013 7:50 PM

I'm already in line..its freezing out!

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2013 11:59 PM

what time is it?

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2013 12:49 AM

Who?

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2013 2:16 AM

Stipe and Moz totally banged.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2013 6:16 AM

I want him to sign my douchebag.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2013 8:28 AM

349, was in Manhattan on the Saturday of that run and decided at about 630 to go to the show, got scalped tickets for $30 each outside the show, it was a great set, mostly Moz and Smiths classics

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2013 10:54 AM

I want him to sign my cocaine.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2013 11:13 AM

1054, went to that run and decided at about 715 to go to the show, got scalped tickets for $10 each outside the show, it was a predictably mediocre set.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2013 12:03 PM

11:13-it's 2013, homie. cocaine/cocaine jokes are way past their expiration date.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2013 1:07 PM

irony: several street meat carts outside the bookstore. Oh, what shall Moz do?

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2013 2:14 PM

Event has been canceled :( :( :( :(

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2013 3:21 PM

^Called to confirm..its true..

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2013 4:46 PM

After reading this post I realized that I don't know how to.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2013 4:53 PM

I bet the audaciously curvy chick who manages the first floor there booked this. Enough to turn him straight.

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2013 5:43 PM

clever girl

Posted by Robert Muldoon | December 8, 2013 7:29 PM

Oh my god. Sooo many great writers but a vegan douche gets a book deal. Stick to writing tunes asshole

Posted by D | December 9, 2013 12:04 AM

What? Cancelled?! I drove from Ohio just for this event!

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2013 7:21 AM

I strained reality when I looked out of a loganberry sky.

Posted by gudge | December 9, 2013 7:42 AM

I can’t give words to the sorrow I feel at the loss of perfect Peru.

Posted by cheap morrissey tickets | April 11, 2014 11:08 AM

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