Johnny Marr was born in 1960s Manchester to Irish immigrant parents and knew from an early age that he would be a musician.
Forming his first band at 13, Marr spent his teenage years on the council estates of Wythenshawe playing guitar, devouring pop culture and inventing his own musical style. It wasn't until the early '80s, when Marr turned up on the doorstep of a singer named Steven Patrick Morrissey, that both a unique songwriting partnership and the group recognised as one of the most iconic bands of all time were formed.
In 1983 The Smiths released their first single, and within a year their eponymous debut album reached number two in the UK chart, paving the way for mainstream and critical success on their own terms. For Marr, tensions within the band and desire for a wider musical scope led to his departure from The Smiths in 1987, ensuring the end of one of the most influential British groups of a generation.
But this was just the beginning for Marr. From forming Electronic and The Healers to playing with Bryan Ferry, Talking Heads, Kirsty MacColl, Pet Shop Boys, Billy Bragg, Nile Rodgers and Bert Jansch to joining The Pretenders, Modest Mouse and The Cribs to recently collaborating with Hans Zimmer and receiving acclaim and worldwide success in his own right as a solo artist, Marr has never stopped. Here, for the first time, he tells his own side of the story. From roaming the streets of Manchester to constantly pushing musical boundaries as the most loved guitarist Britain has ever produced, Johnny Marr's memoir is the true history of music - told by one of its very own legends.
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What a great 'read' this is. A unique and magnifying tour inside Johnny Marrs life and mind guided by himself and in his own words and voice. It gives an honest and thorough insight to his professional life and career, and also a great perspective on his musical achievements that started with the Smiths and has stayed curios and vibrant ever since. A must read for music lovers!
"exactly as you would expect from Johnny Marr..."
Loved it. Straight talking storytelling from Johnny Marr, reminiscing about his time in all these great bands. Finally hearing his side of the Smiths story.
A man who has stuck to his principles his whole career and continues to deliver fresh music to this day.
"this guys a class act, Highly Recommended"
brilliant deliverance from Johnny who actually put the time in to deliver his brilliant autobiography.
I'm lucky enough to have been around for the whole journey. Great read, great music, great values, great man...
"For the love of the guitar"
Brilliantly captures what it means to love music and to live for it. The only thing that stopped me listening was pausing to listen to each Smiths/The The/Modest Mouse/Johnny Marr album after listening to Johnny's description of making it. Will rekindle anyone's love of guitar riffs: There IS a light that never goes out.
"Better than Mozzer's"
loved it. Great narration. no frills. to the point. The definitive smiths story. In your face johnny rogan
This is an absolutely brilliant journey through the life and times of Johnny Marr, read by the man himself. As well as finding out about how he started out and how The Smiths formed (and why it turned ugly), Marr offers an insight into the drive and ambition and unadulterated passion needed to succeed in a craft. His writing style is pure and honest; miles better than the trumped up over-hammed nonsense written by Morrissey in his autobiography, which he doesn't even bother to narrate himself. Marr's book is a must-read for any music fan.
I knew who Johnny Marr was, however I never really appreciated what he achieved. This is a must for any music or non music fans. He tells his story and you can feel his passion for pure music. Driven by a relentless appetite to write and perform many genres of music, a talent which has taken him a lifetime to perfect with great results. I tip my hat to you Mr Marr and hope you keep producing great music. 👍🏻
So good a story that inspires a new generation of rock musicians to think like marr
"I knew it!"
When I first clapped eyes of The Smiths on footage of an early live clip of the band and everyone raved about Morrissey. Understandably so.
I was convinced that the scrawny guitarist was something than more than The Guitarist. This was confirmed at an early gig where Johnny blew my mind.
The man is a stand up genius. This is only confirmed I this book. A committed musician and role model for my generation who opened up the world.
Told well and with conviction. Thinking of words to describe the pleasure of reading this book is a forlorn hope. All I can say is I Love You Johnny Marr, always have always will.
Great audio book read by the man himself five star for story and content
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