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Set the Boy Free Audiobook

Set the Boy Free

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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.

©2016 Johnny Marr (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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    Britpop 19/04/2017
    Britpop 19/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Inspiringly humble, better than Morrissey's bio"

    Enigmatic jaunt through an interesting life in music. Prior to this, I thought Damon Albarn was king of collaborations....yet, Johnny has immensely wide ranging projects and partnerships. Lovely to hear details on developing the creative process on iconic smiths songs. It gave a great insight into the humility and humanity of Johnny and his belief and pursuit of musical inspiration. It avoids the bile and hubris of Morrissey's rather disappointing autobiography. If you're deciding which account of The Smiths to commit to, go for this. Fabulous.

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    John 31/01/2017
    John 31/01/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Compulsory reading for any Manc"

    From the crofts to the clubs and the sounds of Manchester. a great read for anyone who grew up in that era. There is a light that never goes out

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    Sally-ann 28/11/2016
    Sally-ann 28/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant"

    Narrated by the author johnny and it was so inspiring. Great to listen too
    To such a humble brilliant man

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    10/11/16
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    "Absolutely Magnificent"

    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!

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  • C. Cameron
    Dunfermline, Scotland
    4/11/16
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • JulianLa
    Manchester, UK
    10/11/16
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    "this guys a class act, Highly Recommended"

    brilliant deliverance from Johnny who actually put the time in to deliver his brilliant autobiography.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • EDWARD KELLY
    8/11/16
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    "Thanks Johnny"

    I'm lucky enough to have been around for the whole journey. Great read, great music, great values, great man...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Dolan
    Norfolk
    7/11/16
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Drama Dave
    27/11/16
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    "Better than Mozzer's"

    loved it. Great narration. no frills. to the point. The definitive smiths story. In your face johnny rogan

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • L. Serck
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    17/11/16
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    "Ruddy Marr-velous"

    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.

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  • Anonymous
    19/08/17
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    "deep within the bowels of the smiths"

    theres more to Johnny marr than just the smiths, deeply calm individual eloquently tells a very engaging story

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  • j jones
    18/08/17
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    "Johnny marr play's guitar"

    Johnny marr is my hero,this is a truly eye opening account of his life before The Smith's,during the Smith's and after.Johnny Marr is a genius this book Will show you why he is in my opinion the best guitarist in the world.Respected by his fellow artists ,initiative, Sharp and narrated by the man himself. A deffo must have for all music fan's.So interesting I have listened twice already and can't wait to hear it again,My Advice Get it NOW!!

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  • Mary Yelland
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    1/07/17
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    "Johnny is a National Treasure"

    Johnny Marr - witty and affectionate memoir from a straight-talking Northern legend. Narration gets better as it goes along. Second half (after The Smiths) is actually more interesting. Buy!

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    25/05/17
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    "Cracking"

    Love Johnny's voice, perspective and story - this is a great one not just for any Smiths fan.

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