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Morrissey to publish his autobiography

Posted Oct 5, 2013 by Tim Sandle
The singer-songwriter Morrissey, formerly of the seminal Indie band The Smiths, is to publish his autobiography. Unusually the book will be published under the Penguin classics range.
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Morrissey has announced that his autobiography will be available on October, 17. Known for his witty refrains in both his lyrics and interview comments, an intriguing work is anticipated.
Morrissey, who made a series of seminal albums with The Smiths as the band's lead singer and lyricist as well as several as a solo artist, agreed a publishing deal with Penguin books. The book is simply titled 'Autobiography'. According to the Daily Telegraph, it is unusual for a newly published book to be part of the Penguin classics range,a series of books which includes authors such as Oscar Wilde, Leo Tolstoy and Emily Bronte.
According to the BBC, the memoir is expected to describe the 54-year-old's life growing up in Manchester and his relationship with his former bandmates in The Smiths. A representative for the book seller Waterstones, Jon Howells, commented to The Guardian that: "He's a contrary, controversial character, and his is arguably the most interesting untold story yet to emerge from the 80s generation of British music heroes. The announcement may have not been as smooth as the publisher would have hoped, but ultimately fans just want to read it, and we expect Autobiography to be one of this Christmas's top sellers at Waterstones."
Morrissey was born Steven Patrick Morrissey in Lancashire, UK in 1959. In partnership with the guitarist Johnny Marr he formed The Smiths, who became one of the most influential alternative bands in the 1980s. The Smiths produced such songs as "Girlfriend In A Coma", "How Soon Is Now?", "Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" and "Meat Is Murder". After the group split in 1987 Morrissey started a successful solo career. In his first years he issued a number of successful chart songs including "Suedehead", "The Last of the Famous International Playboys", "Everyday Is Like Sunday" and "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful". His most acclaimed album during this period was, arguably, "Vauxhall and I".
After releasing "Maladjusted" in 1997 Morrissey went into a period of hiatus before returning with the successful album "You Are The Quarry" in 2004. This was followed by the UK number one album "Ringleader Of The Tormentors" in 2006 and "Years Of Refusal" in 2009. Morrissey is currently looking for a record label and, as he told Billboard, he does not mind if it a major label or an independent label provided that it does not restrict his creativity: "I am independent by nature. I am an independent artist even when I am on a major label. The word "indie" is meaningless now. It's so over-used that people think it simply means green hair."
In recent years Morrissey has continued to be in the headlines expressing his views about politics, green and animal rights issues (Morrissey is a vegetarian and a campaigner for PETA). An example of this activity was reported by the Digital Journal when Morrissey called for a sick elephant to be relocated from a zoo in Manila to an animal sanctuary.