All That’s Left to Know About This Charming Man
by D. McKinney
An in-depth look at the life and career of one of rock’s most
glamorous, mysterious, poetic, and adored front men.
“Whenever I meet people and Morrissey comes up in conversation, I find that there are two kinds of people,” writes D. McKinney in her Introduction to Morrissey FAQ. “Morrissey Lovers and Morrissey Haters.”
Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr brought the “handsome aesthetic to rock in the legendary alt-rock band the Smiths, one made of catchy melodies, jangly guitars, and sharp-witted poetic lyrics delivered in the unprecedented vocal style that defines Morrissey. In 1987, after four albums, the Smiths disbanded, but Morrissey forged on as a solo artist, and to this day, he continues to perform sold-out shows for die-hard fans of all ages around the world.
But for all his musical output over the years, Morrissey remains mysterious. His fervent advocacy for animal rights, snarky quips to the press, conflicts with labels and ex-bandmates, and reputation for last-minute show cancellations have put him in the center of controversy. In Morrissey FAQ, D. McKinney debunks the myths and puts to rest a host of questions about the artist. She looks at Morrissey’s influences, his musical efforts before the Smiths, his song inspirations, and his influence on pop culture and on a wide variety of musical artists of multiple generations.
Most important, Morrissey FAQ examines the music—from Viva Hate to World Peace is None of Your Business—the hits and the deep cuts, the live albums and the B-sides.
Lovers and haters will find Morrissey FAQ an entertaining read that resounds the underlying credo for Moz disciples—Morrissey fanhood is a way of life!
May 26, 2015
6″ x 9″
Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
D. McKinney is the author of the charmingly crude novels Welcome to Slumberland and Overbite. A writer, music lover, and record collector from a young age, she began publishing her first magazine in 1997 covering the local Southern California music scene. She also created the humor blogs Smokers Hack and Meat is Myrtle. She lives in Riverside, Calif.