The Smiths FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Most Important British Band of the 1980s

The Smiths FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Most Important British Band of the 1980s

 by John D. Luerssen

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An in-depth and entertaining look at the godfathers of indie rock.


Revered and massively influential, the Smiths have been called the most important band of the fertile U.K. 1980s music scene. While the group was only active for five years (1982 to 1987), the cult of the Manchester-reared foursome has ballooned in the three decades since its dissolution. The Smiths have since influenced a who’s who of alternative music, including Death Cab for Cutie, Radiohead, the Killers, Jeff Buckley, Pete Yorn, the Decemberists, and Oasis.

Despite a $75 million offer to reunite for a two month tour in 2007, Morrissey and Johnny Marr, the group’s principals, refused, opting to leave their legend untainted.

Featuring a foreword by guitarist and “Fifth Smith” Craig Gannon, who played with the band in 1986, The Smiths FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Most Important British Band of the 1980s by John D. Luersson (September 2015, Backbeat Books, $24.99) traces the band’s history with clarity and detail, illuminating such questions as Who were the Nosebleeds? Why did Morrissey shun the Ramones? Who were the Paris Valentinos? What was Cult guitarist Billy Duffy’s connection to the band? How was Morrissey injured during the group’s U.S. debut performance? What Smiths single paid homage to T. Rex?

Luerssen, who has previously written Backbeat Books FAQ series titles about U2, Bruce Springsteen, and Nirvana, gathers the indispensable early facts, the legendary stories, and inimitable anecdotes that make this a must-own tome for all fans.

$24.99
6.0″ x 9.0″
328 pages
9781480394490
Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

JOHN D. LUERSSEN first discovered the Smiths in late 1984 when he heard “How Soon Is Now?” on the Jersey Shore’s long-defunct WHTG-FM. His first ever record review was of Meat Is Murder, which ran in his high school’s student newspaper the following spring. Luerssen has written several books, including Bruce Springsteen FAQ, U2 FAQ, and Nirvana FAQ, published by Backbeat Books, and has written for Rolling Stone, Billboard, AXS, AOL Music, and American Songwriter.

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About HLPAPG

Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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