Morrissey Morrissey
English singer
Morrissey Morrissey
Steven Patrick Morrissey, known as Morrissey, is an English singer and lyricist. He rose to prominence in the 1980s as the lyricist and vocalist of the alternative rock band The Smiths. The band was highly successful in the United Kingdom but broke up in 1987, and Morrissey began a solo career, making the top ten of the UK Singles Chart on ten occasions.
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Empathy As Resistance In Trump’s America
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Recently, and of course very belatedly, I had the chance to watch the Netflix original documentary series Making a Murderer (2015). As many friends had assured me I would be, I was struck by a number of elements of the series, from the egregious, repeated failures of the justice system to many moments of quiet but profound humanity captured by the filmmakers. A second season will air later this year, and I’m sure all those elements and more will be present as the stories of Steven Avery, Brendan Dassey, Teresa Halbach, and many more figures continue to play out. I was particularly struck, however, by a quote from late in the first season’s tenth and final episode. Robert Henak, one of Steven Avery’s post-conviction attorneys and a consistent advocate for his innocence and release, remarks, “Until it happens to you or to your son or daughter or someone else that you love, it’s easy to ignore all of the problems in the system. But I can guarantee you that once it happens to somebody y ...
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3 Secret Ways We Procrastinate Our Dreams
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How many times has procrastination prevented you from pursuing and achieving your dreams? Do you fear that the goals and dreams you have now won't come true, because of the ways you've procrastinated or given up on them in the past? Many of us struggle to achieve our dreams because of our mindset. It's our way of thinking that keeps us stuck. When it comes to pursuing one or more of our dreams, there's often two parts of us at work - the part that wants to move forward toward what it is that we desire, and the part of us that argues for why we can't. The part of you that argues for why you can't is your current "paradigm" - the collection of thought patterns and beliefs you have about who you are and what you think you deserve. This explains why you experience your current reality. If your paradigm is not in harmony with what it is that you would really love to be, do or have, it's going to be impossible to generate the results that you desire. How Your Current Par ...
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Iranian Baby Barred By Travel Ban Enters U.S. For Lifesaving Surgery
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function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); An Iranian baby girl denied entry to the U.S. for lifesaving surgery under President Donald Trump’s travel ban has arrived in America for treatment. Fatemeh Reshad was admitted at Oregon Health & Science University’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland on Tuesday, doctors confirmed. Her arrival ended a terrifying ordeal for the 4-month-old child’s family, after authorities had told them they’d have to wait 90 days to apply for a U.S. Visa. ...
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Rail passenger compares Virgin Trains to 'Gestapo' after using ticket loophole - The Independent
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The Independent Rail passenger compares Virgin Trains to 'Gestapo' after using ticket loophole The Independent Virgin Trains has apologised after being accused of acting like the “Gestapo” when a businessman exploited a loophole to cut more than £250 off the price of his ticket. Steve Morrissey, 32, the director of a software company, was accused of fare ... Commuter wrongly held by police after Virgin staff accused him of Commuter is wrongly stopped by cops after he used legal loophole to save £260 on Virgin train ticketsThe Sun Businessman slams "Gestapo" Virgin Trains staff after he's quizzed by POLICE over false claims he exploited all 5 news articles »
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A 'Venerable Human Being': Celebrities Pay Heartfelt Tribute To John Hurt
Huffington Post - 27 days
function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Celebrity fans and friends are paying tribute to actor John Hurt, who died at the age of 77 on Friday. Jamie Lee Curtis, Kiefer Sutherland, Sharon Stone, Elijah Wood and J.K. Rowling, among many others, posted heartfelt messages on Twitter in honor of the British star, perhaps best known for his roles in “The Elephant Man,” “1984” and “Midnight Express.” So very sad to hear that the immensely talented and deeply beloved John Hurt has died. My thoug ...
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Trump Tweet Attacks A Car That’s Mainly Made In Ohio
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function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Early Tuesday morning, while most people prepared to return to work after the New Year’s holiday, the president-elect of the United States decided to share his opinion about one small aspect of the operations of a major U.S. auto manufacturer. “General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border,” Trump tweeted at 7:30 a.m. “Make in U.S.A. or pay big border tax!” What prompted that tweet is puzzling. Tru ...
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Listen To Emma Watson Sing In 'Beauty And The Beast'
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The first audio of Emma Watson singing as the character Belle in the upcoming live-action “Beauty and the Beast” has finally debuted ― although in a sort of strange way.  Instagram user, and apparent superfan of the upcoming movie, @beautyandthebeastmovienews found a Belle doll that features Watson’s singing voice. Then, just a few days later, “Beauty and the Beast” co-producer Jack Morrissey confirmed that the song ― titled “Something There” ― is from the movie by reposting an excited fan’s write-up of the toy’s audio.   Here’s the original Instagram post about the toy: New live-action singing Belle has been spotted in stores #beautyandthebeast #batb #beourguest #taleasoldastime #disney #emmawatson #danstevens #lukeevans #joshgad #ewanmcgregor #emmathompson #ianmckellen #stanleytucci #gugumbatharaw #kevinkline #hattiemorahan #billcondon #beautyandthebeast2017 .... Repost from @toycollector6202: Omg!!!!!! This is the first look of the live action Beauty and t ...
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Slip Away: The Other Mark Murphy
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The name Mark Murphy is synonymous to me with the recently passed jazz singer who epitomized a style that was uniquely his own. Edgy, unconventional in his approach and superlatively creative. He will be missed. Surely a hard act to follow.That is probably why I was initially hesitant to give this Mark Murphy a try, but as it turns out I am glad I did. This singer/songwriter Mark Murphy is originally from Montreal. The Canadian followed his musical muse pursuing his Bachelors of Music at University of Miami before settling in New York City in 1995. He worked in the record business for a time while continuing to gig and hone his craft around the metro NY/NJ area. Eventually he combined his love of music with a business degree he received from Lehigh University and founded his own music company and school in South Orange, New Jersey. His latest release Slip Away, features Murphy's folk-inspired vocals with some of the crème de la creme of the jazz world, spinning magic into h ...
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How To Write A Sex Scene: Three Authors Weigh In
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Awards season is upon us. The Booker Prize went to its first American recipient, Paul Beatty; The National Book Award went to the deserving Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead; the Literary Review’s Bad Sex Award ― given to the writer who stumbles most failingly through bedroom dalliances ― went to Erri De Luca, author of The Day Before Happiness. Luca is the 24th recipient of the award, which, it seems, serves the purpose of highlighting pat or uncomfortable writing by otherwise good literary authors. One of this year’s nominees is on the faculty at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop; recent winners and nominees have included Morrissey, Erica Jong and Lauren Groff. The Bad Sex Awards, then, aim to highlight an opinion many literary critics seem to share: writing about sex is ― forgive us ― hard. Hard as the Sunday crossword. Hard as a big ol’ diamond. Hackneyed metaphors abound. Clinical language creeps in. In backward attempts to deviate from the same-old story, otherwise emotio ...
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Movie Review: 3-D Auteurs
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Ah, 3-D! It always seemed more like a gimmick than a true breakthrough in movie making technology. It was first introduced in the 1950s to beat back the threat of television; it was reintroduced in the new millennium to beat back the threat of the Internet. It didn't stop TV, and it won't stop Netflix, but a case can be made that it's more than just a toy. Film Forum makes that case with its 3-D Auteurs film festival, running November 11-29, and featuring 34 films by serious directors like Alfred Hitchcock, Wim Wenders, and George Miller. Note that Film Forum is the only repertory theater in New York City equipped to show 3-D films in the finicky 1950s dual projector format. Highlights include: It Came From Outerspace (1953). Cheesy alien invasion movie, the kind they don't make anymore. From a story by Ray Bradbury. You know you want to see it. Is it a metaphor for the Cold War? You decide. Directed by Jack Arnold. House of Wax (1953). Vincent Price as the ultimate tor ...
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Evolution & the Curious Kid
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It was a simple question about being distant kin to the monkeys. The kind of question, like "Why is the sky blue?" "Where do stars go in the morning?" that any curious third grader might ask. His teacher, however, was irate. "Ridiculous," she said. "Don't bother me with impertinent questions." This kind of a rebuke did not sit well with the grandson of Peter Klopfer. Klopfer is a distinguished Duke University biology professor, author of more than 20 books and an expert in animal behavior and evoluntionary biology. His daughter Erika Honore, the questioner's mother, is a retired veterinary scientist with multiple degrees and the author of A Concise Survey of Animal Behavior. She and her doctor husband know a thing or two about kinship with monkeys, and had - along with his grandfather - passed along enough anthropological truth to the third grader that his teacher's rebuke had the opposite effect: now he wanted to know the story of evolution. "Erika and I started looking fo ...
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Friday Talking Points -- Trump Backs Up <i>Titanic</i>, Hits Iceberg Again
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Our subtitle today is not original, so we've got to start by giving credit where credit is due. David French, a writer for the ultraconservative National Review (and a man once so horrified by Donald Trump's candidacy that he considered running himself), had the funniest metaphor for Trump's performance in Monday's first presidential debate: After the first 20 minutes, it may have been the most lopsided debate I've ever seen -- and not because Clinton was particularly effective. But you don't need to be good when your opponent is bad. Why didn't he have a better answer ready for the birther nonsense? Has he still not done any homework on foreign policy? I felt like I was watching the political Titanic hit the iceberg, back up, and hit it again. Just for fun. The extraordinary thing about this is not that a conservative is ridiculing a debate performance of the Republican candidate for president, since he's not the only one who did so this week (more on this in the talking po ...
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'Teatro Moz': A theater festival in Boyle Heights takes on love, loss and the Mexican fascination with Morrissey
LATimes - 5 months
Two years ago, Casa 0101 theater in Boyle Heights held an open call for short plays about, inspired by and tangentially touching on the life, times or melancholy of singer Morrissey — renowned for his love of gladiolas and his enmity toward meat. The theater received dozens of entries, including...
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Women in Business Q&A: Heidi Morrissey, CFE Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Kitchen Tune-Up
Huffington Post - 9 months
Heidi Morrissey joined Kitchen Tune-Up, the country's leading kitchen and bath remodeling company, in May of 2003 at the urging of her father and Kitchen Tune-Up founder, Dave Haglund. Prior to joining Kitchen Tune-Up, Heidi worked as an elementary school teacher and ran her own home-based business for 11 years when her dad convinced her that her skills could be best used for the family business. Heidi joined Kitchen Tune-Up and worked in different areas, finally finding a home in marketing and sales, where she felt she could make dramatic transformations. Heidi has grown the sales and marketing departments, allowing her to get out of the day-to-day tasks and concentrate on growing and strengthening the Kitchen Tune-Up system. How has your life experience made you the leader you are today? If I look back at many of the groups and organizations with which I have been involved, the common theme appears to be that I am leading that organization. This includes everything from serving ...
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David Morrissey: ‘Every actor gets insecure. It feeds creativity’
Guardian (UK) - 12 months
Liverpool’s finest on childhood ambition, the perils of being a father, playing the bad guy, and his love for his hometown When you decided to leave school at 16 and become an actor, did you have any idea what it would actually involve? I had no idea. When I told my parents – we were living on a housing estate in Liverpool – I wanted to be an actor, it was as if I’d said I hoped to become an astronaut. They didn’t know anyone in the profession. They couldn’t phone my Uncle Tony to ask if he’d take me on. All I knew was the emotional impact acting can have on a person. I’d acted at junior school but there was no drama at my secondary modern. I was unhappy there for many reasons. I wasn’t academic. I remember asking myself: when was I last happy? The answer was: when I was acting. So I decided to pursue that happiness. I told every new adult I met: “My name is David and I want to be an actor.” I did what you’re not supposed to do and put all my eggs in one basket, but I looked after that ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Morrissey
  • 2015
    Age 55
    In September 2015, Morrissey expressed his revulsion at the "Piggate" scandal, saying that if the story were true about British Prime Minister David Cameron inserting "a private part of his anatomy" into the mouth of a dead pig's severed head while at university, then it showed "a callousness and complete lack of empathy entirely unbefitting a man in his position, and he should resign".
    More Details Hide Details Morrissey condemned the "sexual perversion" of such an act, adding that "people in power misusing and sexually abusing corpses" was "not excusable". Bret believed that Morrissey was an artist who divided opinion among those who loved him and those who loathed him, with little space for compromise between the two. Press termed him the "Pope of Mope". Soon after achieving national fame, Morrissey became a gay icon. This development was influenced by the speculation around his own sexual orientation, his lyrics that dealt with such subjects as age-gap sex and rent boys, as well as The Smiths' heavy use of gay and camp imagery on their record covers. Simpson stated that Morrissey had a global fan following that was unrivalled in its devotion to the singer, characterising this as "the kind of devotion that only dead stars command" normally. Morrissey's fans have been described as being among the most dedicated of pop and rock fans. Music magazine NME considers Morrissey to be "one of the most influential artists ever", while The Independent says, "Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status he has reached in his lifetime." According to Bret, Morrissey's fanbase "religiously followed his every pitfall and triumph". Simpson highlighted an example during the U.S. leg of Morrissey's 1996 Maladjusted tour in which young men asked the singer to sign his autograph on their neck, which they subsequently had permanently tattooed into their skin.
    In 2015 he endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, criticising the Republican nominees.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2006, Morrissey said he had been interviewed by the FBI and by British intelligence after speaking out against the American and British governments. He said: "They were trying to determine if I was a threat to the government... it didn't take them long to realise that I'm not". Morrissey has exhibited enduring anti-royalist views from his teenage years. Morrissey has fiercely criticised the British monarchy and has publicly stated his position as a monarchical abolitionist, stating: "I don't think the so-called royal family speak for England now and I don't think England needs them. I do seriously believe that they are benefit scroungers and nothing else. I don't believe they serve any purpose whatsoever", also going on to criticise journalists for not giving a true assessment of Royalist support in the United Kingdom. In a 1985 interview with Simon Garfield for Time Out, Morrissey stated that he had always "despised royalty" and that royalist sentiment supporting the monarchy is a "false devotion", saying, I think it's fascist and very, very cruel. To me there's something dramatically ugly about a person who can wear a dress for £6,000 when at the same time there are people who can't afford to eat. When she puts on that dress for £6,000 the statement she is making to the nation is: "I am the fantastically gifted royalty, and you are the snivelling peasants." The very idea that people would be interested in the facts about this dress is massively insulting to the human race.
    According to a 2015 interview with Larry King, Morrissey is now a vegan.
    More Details Hide Details He is a lapsed Catholic. Morrissey is a cousin of Robbie Keane, the Irish footballer who is the captain of the Republic of Ireland national football team. He has said of Keane, "To watch him on the pitch – pacing like a lion, as weightless as an astronaut, is pure therapy." Morrissey's sexuality has been the subject of much speculation and coverage in the British press during his career, with claims varyingly being made that he was celibate, a frustrated heterosexual, or bisexual. In a 1980 letter, he described both himself and his then-girlfriend as bisexual, although added that "I hate sex". During his years with The Smiths, Morrissey professed to being celibate, which stood out at a time when much of pop music was dominated by visible sexuality. Marr said in a 1984 interview that Morrissey "doesn't participate in sex at the moment and hasn't done so for a while". Repeatedly, interviewers asked Morrissey if he was gay, which he denied. In response to one such inquiry in 1985, he stated that "I don't recognise such terms as heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, and I think it's important that there's someone in pop music who's like that. These words do great damage, they confuse people and they make people feel unhappy so I want to do away with them." As his career developed, there was increased pressure placed on him to come out of the closet.
    Morrissey's first novel, entitled List of the Lost, was published on 24 September 2015 by Penguin Books.
    More Details Hide Details Mark Simpson characterised Morrissey as "the anti-Pop Idol", representing "the last, greatest and most gravely worrying product of an era when pop music was all there was". Music journalist and biographer Johnny Rogan stated that Morrissey's oeuvre seems based on "endlessly re-examining a lost, painful past". Morrissey's lyrics have been described as "dramatic, bleak, funny vignettes about doomed relationships, lonely nightclubs, the burden of the past and the prison of the home". Among those who are not fans of his work, there is a common feeling that his music's emphasis on the sadness of life is depressing. His lyrics are characterised by their usage of black humour, self-deprecation, and the pop vernacular. Many of his lyrics avoid mentioning the gender of the narrator, and thus provide both male and female listeners with multiple points of identification. Simpson felt that his lyrics often highlighted "the essential absurdity of gender". Discussing The Smiths' lyrics, in 1992 Stringer highlighted that they placed great emphasis on the concept of Englishness, but added that unlike the contemporary Two-Tone and acid house movements, they focused on white England rather than exploring its multi-cultural counterpart. Although noting that during the 1980s emphasising white identity was a trait closely linked with right-wing politics, Stringer expressed the view that The Smiths represented "the only sustained response that white, English pop/rock music was able to make" against the Thatcher government's "appropriation of white, English national identity".
    In July 2015, he publicly claimed that an airport security guard had groped his penis at San Francisco International Airport; he filed a sexual assault complaint although the Transport Security Administration found no supporting evidence to act on the allegation.
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    In March 2015, Morrissey released "Kiss Me a Lot" as the fifth single from World Peace Is None of Your Business as a digital download.
    More Details Hide Details After making a six date arena tour in the UK, he did a US tour during June and July, including a concert in New York with special guest Blondie at Madison Square Garden.
  • 2014
    Age 54
    In 2014 PETA worked with animator Anna Saunders to create a cartoon called "Someday" in honour of Morrissey's 55th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details It contains Morrissey's song "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday" and highlights the journey of a young chick.
    In 2014 Morrissey stated that he believed there is "no difference between eating animals and paedophilia.
    More Details Hide Details They are both rape, violence, murder."
    In January 2014, The Guardian reported that Morrissey was writing his debut novel.
    More Details Hide Details He announced that he has signed a two-record deal with Capitol Music, with recording to commence on 1 February in France. Morrissey's 10th studio album, World Peace Is None of Your Business, was released on 15 July. Prior to its release, he embarked on a US tour in May and June. Morrissey was hospitalised in Boston, and cancelled the remaining nine dates on the tour due to a cold or virus. The title track of the album was issued as a digital download in May. Three other songs, "Istanbul", "Earth Is the Loneliest Planet" and "The Bullfighter Dies" followed in subsequent weeks. The songs were promoted with spoken word videos, featuring Morrissey reciting the lyrics. In August, Capitol Music and Harvest Records ended their contracts with Morrissey. Later that year, he publicly disclosed that he had received treatment for Barrett's oesophageal cancer.
  • 2013
    Age 53
    In October 2013, Morrissey released a statement through his semi-official website, which said, "Unfortunately, I am not homosexual.
    More Details Hide Details In technical fact, I am humasexual. I am attracted to humans. But, of course... not many." Simpson noted that many questioned why Morrissey does not identify as bisexual, given his sexual experiences with both men and women. The Encyclopædia Britannica states that he created a "compellingly conflicted persona (loudly proclaimed celibacy offset by coy hints of closeted homosexuality)" which has "made him a peculiar heartthrob". Speculation was further fuelled by the frequent references to gay subculture and slang in his lyrics. In 2006, Liz Hoggard from The Independent noted, "Only 15 years after homosexuality had been decriminalised, his lyrics flirted with every kind of gay subculture." For example, she says that "'This Charming Man'... is about age-gap, gay sex". Reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine says the lyrics of the Smiths single "Hand in Glove" contain "veiled references to homosexuality".
    In 2013, he said that he "nearly voted" for the UK Independence Party, expressing his admiration for party leader Nigel Farage and endorsing the latter's Eurosceptic viewpoint with regards to the UK's membership of the European Union.
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    Morrissey's first solo album, Viva Hate, included a track entitled "Margaret on the Guillotine", a jab at Thatcher. After Thatcher's death in April 2013, Morrissey called her "a terror without an atom of humanity" and that "every move she made was charged by negativity".
    More Details Hide Details In December 2010, he publicly supported Johnny Marr, who had stated that he forbade British Prime Minister, David Cameron, from liking The Smiths. Morrissey added criticism of Cameron for his hobby of stag hunting.
    In an interview in March 2013, Walters said, "Morrissey and I have been friends for a long time, probably around 20 years."
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    On 17 October 2013, Morrissey's autobiography, titled Autobiography, was released after a "content dispute" had delayed it from the initial release date of 16 September 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The book's release caused controversy as it was published as a "contemporary classic" under the Penguin Classic label at Morrissey's request, which some critics felt devalued the Penguin Classics label. Morrissey had completed the 660-page book in 2011, before shopping it to publishers such as Penguin Books and Faber and Faber. The book opened to divergent reviews with The Daily Telegraph giving it a 5-star review that described it as "the best written musical autobiography since Bob Dylan's Chronicles", while The Independent criticised the book's "droning narcissism" as well as Penguin Classics. The book entered the UK book charts at number one with nearly 35,000 copies being sold in its first week. In December, a 2011 live cover version of Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love", was released as a single.
    In August, Morrissey's concert at Hollywood High School on 2 March 2013, had a worldwide cinema release. 25Live marks Morrissey's 25th year as a solo artist, and is the first authorised live Morrissey DVD for 9 years.
    More Details Hide Details On 22 July, Morrissey announced the cancellation of the South American leg of his tour due to a "lack of funding", saying it was "the last of many final straws".
    In late January 2013, following hospital treatment Morrissey was diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer and the several engagements were re-scheduled.
    More Details Hide Details On 7 March, Morrissey was hospitalised again, this time with pneumonia in both lungs. One week later, it was finally announced that the rest of the tour had been cancelled. During his rehabilitation he spent time in Ireland, where he watched the country's football team play a match against Austria in the company of his cousin Robbie Keane. On 8 April, EMI reissued the single "The Last of the Famous International Playboys" backed by three new songs, "People Are the Same Everywhere", "Action Is My Middle Name", and "The Kid's a Looker", all recorded live in 2011. In April, Morrissey announced that he would perform live shows in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile, starting from June.
  • 2012
    Age 52
    On 12 November 2012, Morrissey announced that he would be continuing his North American tour adding 32 cities beginning in Greenvale, NY on 9 January and ending in Portland, Oregon on 8 March.
    More Details Hide Details Patti Smith and her band were special guests at the Staples Center concert in Los Angeles, and Kristeen Young opened on all nights.
    Morrissey's 2012 tour started in South America and continued through Asia and North America.
    More Details Hide Details Morrissey played concerts in Belgium, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Portugal, England, and Scotland. In late September, while visiting Strand Bookstore in Manhattan, he saved an elderly lady who had fainted beside him.
  • 2011
    Age 51
    At a concert in Warsaw, Poland on Sunday, 24 July 2011, Morrissey caused more controversy when stating "We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown, with 97 dead.
    More Details Hide Details Though that is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Shit every day", in reference to the recent attacks of Anders Breivik in Norway on 22 July, which resulted in the killing of 69 people who were attending a Youth Labour Party camp on Utøya Island, and eight people working in and around a government building which was bombed. His statement has been seen as crude and insensitive. Morrissey later elaborated on his statement, saying, "If you quite rightly feel horrified at the Norway killings, then it surely naturally follows that you feel horror at the murder of ANY innocent being. You cannot ignore animal suffering simply because animals 'are not us.'" In February 2013, after much speculation, it was reported that the Staples Center had agreed for the first time ever to make every vendor in the area 100% vegetarian for Morrissey's performance of 1 March, contractually having all McDonald's vendors close down. In a press release, Morrissey stated, "I don't look upon it as a victory for me, but a victory for the animals". The request was previously denied to Paul McCartney. Despite these reports, the Staples Center retained some meat vendors while closing down McDonald's. Later in February, Morrissey cancelled an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! after learning that the guests for that night also included the cast of Duck Dynasty, a show about a family who create duck calls for use in hunting.
    On 14 June 2011, Janice Long premiered three new Morrissey songs in session on her BBC Radio 2 programme; "Action Is My Middle Name", "The Kid's a Looker", and "People Are the Same Everywhere".
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    During his performance at Glastonbury in 2011, Morrissey criticised the UK prime minister, David Cameron, for attempting to stop the ban on wild animals performing in circuses, calling him a "silly twit".
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    In June and July 2011, Morrissey played a UK tour, mainly consisting of small venues in the north of Britain; played the Glastonbury Festival and headlined the Hop Farm Festival.
    More Details Hide Details In July and August he toured venues in Europe and played two festival dates, Hultsfred Festival in Sweden and the Lokeren Festival in Belgium.
    In March 2011, it was announced that Morrissey was now under the management of Ron Laffitte.
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    In April 2011, EMI issued a new compilation, Very Best of Morrissey, whose track list and artwork were chosen by Morrissey.
    More Details Hide Details The single "Glamorous Glue" was released the same week with two previously unreleased songs.
  • 2009
    Age 49
    Throughout 2009 Morrissey toured to promote the album.
    More Details Hide Details As part of the extensive Tour of Refusal, Morrissey followed a lengthy US tour with concerts booked in Ireland, Scotland, England, Russia. He had never before performed in Russia. In 2009, remastered editions of 1995's Southpaw Grammar and 1997's Maladjusted were released. These both featured a rearranged track listing with the inclusion of B-sides and outtakes, as well as new artwork and liner notes written by Morrissey. In October 2009, a 2004–2009 B-sides collection, named Swords was released. The album peaked at 55 on the UK albums chart, and Morrissey later called the compilation "a meek disaster". On the second date of the UK tour to promote Swords, Morrissey collapsed with breathing difficulties after the opening song of his set, "This Charming Man", at the Oasis Centre, Swindon. He was discharged from the hospital the following day.
  • 2008
    Age 48
    The British Food Journal featured an article in 2008 that applied Morrissey's lyrics to building positive business relationships.
    More Details Hide Details A book of academic essays edited by Eoin Devereux, Aileen Dillane and Martin Power, Morrissey: Fandom, Representations and Identities, which focuses on Morrissey's solo career, was published in 2011. He is regarded as an important innovator in the indie music scene; while in 2004, Pitchfork Media called him "one of the most singular figures in Western popular culture from the last 20 years." A Los Angeles Times critic wrote that Morrissey "patented the template for modern indie rock" and that many bands playing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival "would not be there – or at least, would not sound the same – were it not for him". Similarly, the critic Steven Wells called Morrissey "the man who more or less invented indie" and an artist "who more than anybody else personifies" indie culture. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic writes that The Smiths and Morrissey "inspired every band of note" in the Britpop era, including Suede, Blur, Oasis, and Pulp. Other major artists including Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke have also been influenced by Morrissey.
    In 2008, Word Magazine apologised in court for an article by David Quantick that accused Morrissey of being a racist and a hypocrite.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, during an interview with Simon Armitage for The Guardian, Morrissey alighted on the topic of animal cruelty in China, saying "you can't help but feel the Chinese are a sub-species". This led to Love Music Hate Racism, to whom Morrissey had previously donated money, saying it would be unable to accept support from him again without a retraction. "When you start using language like 'subspecies'", said Martin Smith, "you are entering into dark and murky water". According to the commentator Liz Hoggard: "Morrissey didn't help his case with an uneasy flirtation with gangster imagery: he took up boxing and was accompanied everywhere by a skinhead, named Jake... the man who abhorred violence became strangely fascinated by it". Encyclopædia Britannica says that Morrissey's 1990s albums, including Your Arsenal (1992), Vauxhall and I (1994), Southpaw Grammar (1995) and Maladjusted (1997), "testified to a growing homoerotic obsession with criminals, skinheads, and boxers, a change paralleled by a shift in the singer's image from wilting wallflower to would-be thug sporting sideburns and gold bracelets".
    In November 2008, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Morrissey as 92nd of "The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time".
    More Details Hide Details The list was compiled from ballots cast by a panel of 179 "music experts", such as Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys and Bono, who were asked to name their 20 favourite vocalists. In an interview with London radio station Xfm, Morrissey stated that "chances were slim" that he would continue performing past the age of 55. Years of Refusal was released worldwide on 16 February 2009 by the Universal Music Group, reaching number three in the UK Albums Chart and 11 in the US Billboard 200. The record was widely acclaimed by critics, with comparisons made to Your Arsenal and Vauxhall and I. A review from Pitchfork Media noted that with Years of Refusal, Morrissey "has rediscovered himself, finding new potency in his familiar arsenal. Morrissey's rejuvenation is most obvious in the renewed strength of his vocals" and called it his "most venomous, score-settling album, and in a perverse way that makes it his most engaging". "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" and "Something Is Squeezing My Skull" were released as the record's singles. The song "Black Cloud" features the guitar playing of Jeff Beck.
    On 15 August 2008, Warner Music Entertainment announced the upcoming release of Morrissey: Live at the Hollywood Bowl, a DVD of the live performance that took place at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on 8 June 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Morrissey greeted news of the DVD's release by imploring fans not to buy it. This DVD has never been released.
    On 30 May 2008, it was announced that Morrissey's ninth studio album, Years of Refusal, would be produced by Jerry Finn.
    More Details Hide Details On 5 August 2008 it was reported that, although originally due in September, Years of Refusal had been postponed until February 2009, as a result of Finn's death and the lack of an American label to distribute the album.
  • 2007
    Age 47
    In December 2007, Morrissey signed a new deal with Decca Records, which included a Greatest Hits album and a newly recorded album to follow in autumn 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Morrissey released "That's How People Grow Up" as the first single from his new Greatest Hits album. It reached number 14 on the British charts. One reviewer noted that the album only includes songs which reached the Top 15 in the charts, putting the emphasis on new songs and making the CD more suitable for new listeners than for old fans. The album charted at number 5 in the British album chart on its week of release. A second single from the Greatest Hits, "All You Need Is Me", was released in March.
    However, in an interview with the BBC News website in October 2007, Morrissey said that the album was already written and ready for a possible September 2008 release and confirmed that his deal with Sanctuary Records had come to an end.
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    In early 2007, Morrissey left Sanctuary Records and embarked on a Greatest Hits tour.
    More Details Hide Details The tour ran from 1 February 2007 to 29 July 2008 and spanned 106 concerts over eight different countries. Morrissey cancelled 11 of these dates, including a planned six consecutive shows at the Roundhouse in London, due to "throat problems". The tour consisted of three legs, the first two, encompassing the US and Mexico, with support from Kristeen Young and the third, covering Europe and Israel, with support from Girl in a Coma. After a show in Houston, Texas, Morrissey rented Sunrise Sound Studio to record "That's How People Grow Up". The song was recorded with producer Jerry Finn as a future single and for inclusion on an upcoming album. In an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live with Visconti, the producer stated that his new project would be Morrissey's next album, though that this would not be forthcoming for at least a year.
    In January 2007, the BBC said that it was in talks with Morrissey for him to write a song for the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest.
    More Details Hide Details If an agreement could be made, Morrissey would be writing the song for someone else, rather than performing it himself. The following month, the BBC stated Morrissey would not be part of Britain's Eurovision entry.
  • 2006
    Age 46
    In his autobiography, Morrissey also mentions a relationship with a younger Italian man, known only as "Gelato", with whom he sought to buy a house around 2006.
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    Morrissey's eighth studio album, Ringleader of the Tormentors, was recorded in Rome and released on 3 April 2006.
    More Details Hide Details It debuted at number one in the UK album charts and number 27 in the US. The album yielded four hit singles: "You Have Killed Me", "The Youngest Was the Most Loved", "In the Future When All's Well", and "I Just Want to See the Boy Happy". Originally Morrissey was to record the album with producer Jeff Saltzman; however, he could not undertake the project. Tony Visconti, of T.Rex and David Bowie fame, took over production and Morrissey announced that the album was "the most beautiful—perhaps the most gentle—so far". Billboard described the album as showcasing "a thicker, more rock-driven sound". Morrissey attributes this change in sound to new guitarist Jesse Tobias. The subsequent 2006 international tour included more than two dozen gigs in the UK, including concerts at the London Palladium.
  • 2005
    Age 45
    A concert at the Manchester Arena on Morrissey's 45th birthday was recorded and released on the DVD Who Put the M in Manchester? in 2005.
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  • 2004
    Age 44
    At a Dublin concert in June 2004, Morrissey announced the death of former US President Ronald Reagan and then said he would have preferred if then President, George W. Bush, had died instead.
    More Details Hide Details During a January 2008 concert, Morrissey remarked "God Bless Barack Obama" and criticised Hillary Clinton.
    To promote the album, Morrissey embarked on an accompanying world tour from April to November. In August 2004, Morrissey made a series of appearances on Craig Kilborn's The Late Late Show in the US.
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    Morrissey's seventh album, You Are the Quarry, was released in 2004, peaking at number two on the UK album chart and number 11 on the Billboard album chart in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details Guitarist Alain Whyte described the work as a mix between Your Arsenal and Vauxhall and I, and the album received strong reviews. The first single, "Irish Blood, English Heart", reached number three in its first week in the UK singles chart, the highest chart placing for a Morrissey single. Three other hit singles followed: "First of the Gang to Die", "Let Me Kiss You", and "I Have Forgiven Jesus". The album has since sold over a million copies.
  • 2003
    Age 43
    In June 2003, it was reported that Attack Records, a defunct reggae label, had been transferred to Morrissey from Sanctuary Records, with a view to his recording new material and signing new artists.
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    It was during this time that Channel 4 filmed The Importance of Being Morrissey, a documentary which eventually aired in 2003.
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  • 2002
    Age 42
    In 2002, Morrissey returned with a world tour, culminating in two sold-out nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London, during which he played as-yet unreleased songs.
    More Details Hide Details Outside the US and Europe, concerts also took place in Australia and Japan.
  • 1999
    Age 39
    In 1999, he embarked on a tour called "Oye Esteban" and was one of the headliners of the Coachella Festival in California.
    More Details Hide Details The tour extended to Mexico and South America.
  • 1998
    Age 38
    In 1998, Uncut reported that Morrissey no longer had a record deal.
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  • 1997
    Age 37
    In 1997, he revealed that he had abandoned celibacy and that he had a relationship with a Cockney boxer. That person was revealed in Morrissey's autobiography to be Jake Walters. Their relationship began in 1994 and they lived together until 1996.
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    Morrissey returned on Island Records in 1997 with the single "Alma Matters" and album Maladjusted.
    More Details Hide Details The album peaked at number eight in the UK album charts and its further two singles, "Roy's Keen" and "Satan Rejected My Soul" both peaked outside the UK Top 30.
  • 1996
    Age 36
    In 1996, a legal case against Morrissey and Marr, brought by Joyce, came to court.
    More Details Hide Details Joyce claimed that he had not received his fair share of recording and performance royalties from his time as The Smiths' drummer. The judge found in favour of Joyce and ordered that he be paid over £1 million in back pay and receive 25 percent henceforth. During the proceedings in court, Morrissey acted contemptuously of the High Court judge, who accused him of being "devious, truculent and unreliable when his own interests were at stake". Morrissey claimed that he was " under the scorching spotlight in the dock, being drilled " with questions such as "'How dare you be successful?' 'How dare you move on?'" He stated that "The Smiths were a beautiful thing and Johnny Marr left it, and Mike Joyce has destroyed it". Morrissey repeatedly appealed against the verdict, but was not successful.
  • 1995
    Age 35
    In Early 1995, another compilation World of Morrissey was preceded by the "Boxers" single prior to a UK tour, his first in 3 years.
    More Details Hide Details Morrissey then began work on his first album on the RCA Victor label, Southpaw Grammar. When released in August, the album reached number four in the UK. Compared to its two predecessors, the album made little impact. However, David Bowie asked him to be his special guest on his UK Outside tour: Morrissey played several dates including 3 Wembley Arena shows in London but then gave up citing health problems and too much tension.
  • 1994
    Age 34
    Morrissey's 1994 album Vauxhall and I was his second solo number one album in the UK.
    More Details Hide Details Co-written with Whyte and Boz Boorer, the album had been produced by Steve Lillywhite. It was both a critical and a commercial success. Years after the release, Morrissey said that he had felt at the time that it would be his last album, that it was the best album he'd ever made and one that he would never be able to top. One of the album's songs, "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get", reached number eight in the UK and number 46 in the US. That year, he also released a non-album single, "Interlude", a duet with Siouxsie Sioux: the track was a cover of a Timi Yuro song. The record was published under the banner "Morrissey & Siouxsie": due to record compagnies' issues, "Interlude" was only available on import outside Europe.
  • 1992
    Age 32
    In 1992 he then appeared at Madstock in North London's Finsbury Park, where he included images of suedeheads as a backdrop and wrapped himself in a Union flag.
    More Details Hide Details Simpson suggested that Morrissey's use of such iconography at Madstock was a deliberate act of provocative defiance against those who accused him of racism for "The National Front Disco". However, these actions resulted in him being booed offstage by a group of Neo-Nazi skinheads in the audience, who believed that he was appropriating skinhead culture. Others in attendance have suggested that the skinhead audience were angered by the phrase "London is dead" in the song "Glamorous Glue" (it was during this song that Morrissey draped himself in the Union flag). Subsequently, his usage of this imagery was cited as further evidence for Morrissey's alleged racism by the NME. By the release of Your Arsenal, Morrissey's image had changed; according to Simpson, the singer had converted "from the aesthete interested in rough lads into a rough lad interested in aestheticism (and rough lads)". According to Woods, Morrissey developed an air of "quietly assured masculinity", representing "a more robust, burlier, beefier version of himself", while the poet and Morrissey fan Simon Armitage described the transition as being one from that of "stick-thin, knock-me-over-with-a-feather campness" to that of a "mobster and bare-knuckle boxer image". This new image was reflected in the cover art for Your Arsenal; a photograph taken by Sterling, it featured Morrissey onstage with his shirt open, displaying a muscular torso beneath.
  • 1991
    Age 31
    The band Morrissey assembled in 1991 for his Kill Uncle tour went on to record 1992's hit album Your Arsenal.
    More Details Hide Details Composition duties were split between Mark E. Nevin and new guitarist Alain Whyte. Your Arsenal was produced by former David Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson, and earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Album. The album peaked at number four on the UK charts, with two of its three singles, "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" and "You're the One for Me, Fatty", debuting in the Top 20 in the UK. Co-written with Alain Whyte, the album was produced by Mick Ronson. The album was critically well received. A number of the tracks on the album, most notably "Certain People I Know" and "The National Front Disco", dealt with the lives and experiences of tough, working-class youths. Various sources jumped on his discussion of the National Front, a far-right political party, and accused Morrissey of being a racist; in doing so they failed to recognise the ironic, tongue-in-cheek nature of the song, which pitied rather than praised those who joined the party.
  • 1989
    Age 29
    However, by the end of 1989 Morrissey had decided to scrap the idea of a full-length LP and to release Bona Drag as a compilation of singles and B-sides.
    More Details Hide Details Morrissey recruited Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley to produce his next album, titled Kill Uncle, for which songs were written with Mark E. Nevin of Fairground Attraction. The album peaked at number eight on the UK charts. The two singles released in promotion of the album, "Our Frank" and "Sing Your Life", failed to break the Top 20 on the singles charts, reaching number 26 and number 33 respectively. Morrissey then released two non-album singles, "Pregnant for the Last Time" and "My Love Life". At this point in time, Morrissey hadn't toured since his heyday with the Smiths, and critics began to ponder if he would ever tour again. The phrase 'England for the English' in the song is in quotes, so those who call the song racist are not listening.
    Morrissey initially planned to release a follow-up album entitled Bona Drag, after releasing a few singles during 1989: "The Last of the Famous International Playboys", "Interesting Drug", and "Ouija Board, Ouija Board".
    More Details Hide Details The first two of these became top ten hits.
    Morrissey blamed the band's breakup on the lack of a managerial figure - in a 1989 interview with then-teenage fan Tim Samuels.
    More Details Hide Details Strangeways peaked at number two in the UK, but was only a minor US hit, though it was more successful there than the band's previous albums.
  • 1988
    Age 28
    Morrissey released his first solo album, Viva Hate, in March 1988, eight months after the dissolution of The Smiths.
    More Details Hide Details The album was recorded with former Smiths producer Stephen Street, Vini Reilly of Durutti Column (and, formerly, The Nosebleeds), and drummer Andrew Paresi. It reached number one in the UK upon release, supported by the singles "Suedehead" and "Everyday Is Like Sunday". The album was certified gold in the US on 16 November 1993. Despite his solo success and previous issues with band members, Morrissey still expressed interest in a Smiths reunion. On 22 December 1988, Andy Rourke, Mike Joyce and Craig Gannon performed to a sold out Wolverhampton Civic Hall. Many of those in attendance had waited for days to gain admission.
  • 1986
    Age 26
    Meanwhile, Rourke was fired in early 1986 for his use of heroin.
    More Details Hide Details Rourke was temporarily replaced on bass guitar by Craig Gannon, but he was reinstated after only a fortnight. Gannon stayed in the band, switching to rhythm guitar. This five-piece recorded the singles "Panic" and "Ask" (with Kirsty MacColl on backing vocals) which reached numbers 11 and 14 respectively on the UK Singles Chart, and toured the UK. After the tour ended in October 1986, Gannon left the band. The group had become frustrated with Rough Trade and sought a record deal with a major label, ultimately signing with EMI, which drew criticism from some of the band's fanbase. In early 1987, the single "Shoplifters of the World Unite" was released and reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart. It was followed by a second compilation, The World Won't Listen, which reached number two in the charts – and the single "Sheila Take a Bow", the band's second (and last during the band's lifetime) UK top-10 hit. Despite their continued success, personal differences within the band – including the increasingly strained relationship between Morrissey and Marr – saw them on the verge of splitting. In July 1987, Marr left the group and auditions to find a replacement proved fruitless.
  • 1984
    Age 24
    In February 1984, they released their debut album, The Smiths, which reached number two on the UK Albums Chart.
    More Details Hide Details As frontman of The Smiths, Morrissey - described as "lanky, soft-spoken, bequiffed and bespectacled" - subverted many of the norms that were associated with pop and rock music. The band's aesthetic simplicity was a reaction to the excess personified by the New Romantics, and while Morrissey adopted an androgynous appearance like the New Romantics or earlier glam rockers, his was far more subtle and understated. According to one commentator, "he was bookish; he wore NHS spectacles and a hearing aid on stage; he was celibate. Worst of all, he was sincere", with his music being "so intoxicatingly melancholic, so dangerously thoughtful, so seductively funny that it lured its listeners... into a relationship with him and his music instead of the world." In an academic paper on the band, Julian Stringer characterised The Smiths as "one of Britain's most overtly political groups", while in his study of their work, Andrew Warns termed them "this most anti-capitalist of bands".
  • 1982
    Age 22
    In August 1982, they recorded their first demo at Manchester's Decibel Studios, and Morrissey took the demo recording to Factory Records, but they weren't interested.
    More Details Hide Details In late summer 1982, Mike Joyce was adopted as the band's drummer after a successful audition. In October 1982 they then gave their first public performance, as a support act for Blue Rondo à la Turk at Manchester's The Ritz. Hibbert however was unhappy with what he perceived as the band's gay aesthetic; in turn, Morrissey and Marr were unhappy with his bass playing, and so he was removed from the band and replaced by Marr's old school friend Andy Rourke. After the record company EMI turned them down, Morrissey and Marr visited London to hand a cassette of their recordings to Geoff Travis of the independent record label Rough Trade Records. Although not signing them to a contract straight away, he agreed to cut their song "Hand in Glove" as a single. Morrissey chose a homoerotic cover design in the form of a Jim French photograph. It was released in May 1983. It was championed by DJ John Peel, as were all their later singles, but it failed to chart. The band soon generated controversy when Garry Bushell of tabloid newspaper The Sun alleged that their B-side "Handsome Devil" was an endorsement of paedophilia. The band denied this, with Morrissey stating that the song "has nothing to do with children, and certainly nothing to do with child molesting". In the wake of their single, the band performed their first significant London gig, gained radio airplay with a John Peel session, and obtained their first interviews in music magazines NME' and Sounds.
    Several years later, in May 1982, Marr turned up on the doorstep of Morrissey's house, there to ask Morrissey if he was interested in co-founding a band.
    More Details Hide Details Marr had been impressed that Morrissey had authored a book on the New York Dolls, and was inspired to turn up on his doorstep following the example of Jerry Leiber, who had formed his working partnership with Mike Stoller after turning up at the latter's door. According to Morrissey: "We got on absolutely famously. We were very similar in drive." The next day, Morrissey phoned Marr to confirm that he would be interested in forming a band with him. Steve Pomfret - who had served as the band's first bassist - soon abandoned the group, to be replaced by Dale Hibbert. Around the time of the band's formation, Morrissey decided that he would be publicly known only by his surname, with Marr referring to him as "Mozzer" or "Moz". In 1983 he forbade those around him from using the name of "Steven", which he despised. Morrissey was also responsible for choosing the band name of "The Smiths", later informing an interviewer that "it was the most ordinary name and I thought it was time that the ordinary folk of the world showed their faces".
    With Johnny Marr he established The Smiths in 1982, soon attracting national recognition for their self-titled debut album.
    More Details Hide Details As the band's frontman, Morrissey attracted attention both for his intelligent, witty, and sardonic lyrics and his idiosyncratic appearance; deliberately avoiding rock machismo, he cultivated the aesthetic of a social outsider who eschewed drugs and embraced celibacy. The Smiths released five further albums - including the critically acclaimed Meat is Murder and The Queen is Dead - and had a string of hit singles. Personal differences between Morrissey and Marr resulted in The Smiths' separation in 1987. In 1988, Morrissey launched his solo career with the album Viva Hate. This and its follow-up albums - Bona Drag, Kill Uncle, Your Arsenal, and Vauxhall and I - all did well in the UK Albums Chart and spawned a number of hit singles. Having left Britain and moved to Los Angeles, during the mid-1990s Morrissey's image began to shift into that of a burlier figure, who toyed with patriotic imagery and working-class masculinity; his discussions of British national identity resulted in accusations of racism, which he denied. In the mid-to-late 1990s, his subsequent albums, Southpaw Grammar and Maladjusted, also charted but were less well received. After a hiatus between 1998 and 2003, Morrissey released a successful comeback album, You Are the Quarry, in 2004. Relocating to Italy, ensuing years saw the release of albums Ringleader of the Tormentors, Years of Refusal, and World Peace Is None of Your Business. In 2013 Morrissey released his autobiography, followed by his first novel in 2015.
  • 1981
    Age 21
    He authored a number of short books for local publishing company Babylon Books: in 1981 they released a 24-page booklet he had written on The New York Dolls, which sold 3000 copies.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by a volume he wrote about the late film star James Dean, titled James Dean is Not Dead. Morrissey had developed a love of Dean, having covered his bedroom with pictures of the deceased film star. In August 1978, Morrissey was briefly introduced to the 15-year old Johnny Marr by mutual acquaintances at a Patti Smith gig held at Manchester's Apollo Theatre.
    By 1981, Morrissey had become a close friend of Linder Sterling, the frontwoman of punk-jazz ensemble Ludus; both her lyrics and style of singing would exert an influence on him.
    More Details Hide Details Through Sterling, he came to know Howard Devoto and Richard Boon. At the time, Morrissey's best male friend was James Maker; he would visit Maker in London or they would meet up in Manchester, where they visited the city's gay bars and gay clubs, in one case having to escape from a gang of gay bashers. Desiring to become a professional writer, Morrissey considered a career in music journalism. He frequently wrote letters to music press, and was eventually hired by the weekly music review publication Record Mirror.
  • 1977
    Age 17
    Having met the guitarist Billy Duffy in November 1977, Morrissey soon agreed to become the vocalist for Duffy's punk band The Nosebleeds.
    More Details Hide Details They played a number of concerts, including one supporting Magazine, which was reviewed in NME by Paul Morley. Morrissey also founded the Cramps' fan club "The Legion of the Cramped" with another enthusiast for their music, Lindsay Hutton, but he progressively scaled down his involvement in the club because of the increasing amount of time he was devoting to his own musical career. Morrissey co-wrote a number of songs with the band - "Peppermint Heaven", "I Get Nervous" and "I Think I'm Ready for the Electric Chair" - and performed with them in two support slots, first for Jilted John and then Magazine. The band soon disbanded. After The Nosebleeds' split, Morrissey followed Duffy to join Slaughter & The Dogs, briefly replacing original singer Wayne Barrett. He recorded four songs with the band and they auditioned for a record deal in London. After the audition fell through, Slaughter & The Dogs became Studio Sweethearts, without Morrissey. Morrissey came to be known as a minor figure within Manchester's punk community.
  • 1976
    Age 16
    The relationship between Morrissey's parents was strained, and they ultimately separated in December 1976, with his father moving out of the family home.
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  • 1973
    Age 13
    He was also a fan of American glam performers Sparks, Jobriath, and most significantly The New York Dolls, the latter of whom he discovered after seeing them give a television performance in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details The Dolls were a significant influence on Morrissey, to the extent that he organised a British fan club for the band through small adverts in the back pages of music magazines. It was through the Dolls' interest in female pop singers from the 1960s that Morrissey too developed a fascination for such artists, who included Sandie Shaw, Twinkle, and Dusty Springfield. Having left formal education, Morrissey initially gained employment as a clerk for the civil service, and then for the Inland Revenue, also working in a record store and as a hospital porter, although subsequently quit and began claiming unemployment benefits. He used much of the money from these jobs to purchase tickets for gigs, attending performances by Talking Heads, Ramones, and Blondie. He regularly attended concerts, having a particular interest in the alternative and post-punk music scene.
  • 1971
    Age 11
    During the 1970s he became a keen fan of glam rock, enjoying the work of British acts like T-Rex, David Bowie, and Roxy Music, and in 1971 he attended a T-Rex gig in Manchester.
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  • 1964
    Age 4
    According to a later claim, the first record that he purchased was Marianne Faithfull's 1964 hit "Come and Stay With Me".
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  • 1961
    Age 1
    He was similarly a keen fan of the playwright Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey, as well as its 1961 film adaptation, which was a kitchen sink drama focusing around working-class life in Salford.
    More Details Hide Details Many of his later songs would contain lyrics quoted directly from A Taste of Honey. I did fall in love with the voices I heard, whether they were male or female. I loved those people. I really, really did love those people. For what it was worth, I gave them my life... my youth. Morrissey has described his adolescence as a time when he was often lonely and depressed. As a teenager, he began taking prescription drugs to help combat the depression that would later follow him throughout his life. In the summer of 1975 he travelled to the United States in order to visit an aunt who lived in New Jersey.
  • 1959
    Steven Patrick Morrissey was born on 22 May 1959, at Park Hospital, Davyhulme, Lancashire.
    More Details Hide Details His parents - Elizabeth (née Dwyer) and Peter Morrissey - were working-class Irish Catholics. They had emigrated to Manchester from Dublin with his only sibling, elder sister Jacqueline, a year prior to his birth. They had given him the forename of Steven after the American actor Steve Cochran. His earliest home was a council house at 17 Harper Street in the Hulme area of inner Manchester. Living in that area, as a child he was deeply affected by the Moors murders in which a number of local children were murdered by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley; the killings had a lasting impression on him and would be referenced in the later Smiths song "Suffer Little Children". He also became aware of the anti-Irish sentiment in British society against Irish migrants to Britain. In 1970 the family relocated to another council house at 384 King's Road, Stretford.
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