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A Light That Never Goes Out by Tony Fletcher-Excerpt

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The definitive book about The Smiths, one of the most beloved, respected, and storied indie rock bands in music history.

They were, their fans believe, the best band in the world. Hailing from Manchester, England, The Smiths--Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, and Mike Joyce--were critical and popular favorites throughout their mid-1980s heyday and beyond. To this day, due to their unforgettable songs and lyrics, they are considered one of the greatest British rock groups of all time--up there with the Beatles, the Stones, the Who, and the Clash. 

Tony Fletcher paints a vivid portrait of the fascinating personalities within the group: Morrissey, the witty, literate lead singer whose loner personality and complex lyrics made him an icon for teenagers who felt forlorn and forgotten; his songwriting partner Marr, the gregarious guitarist who became a rock god for a generation of indie kids; and the talented, good-looking rhythm section duo of bassist Rourke and drummer Joyce. Despite the band's tragic breakup at the height of their success, A Light That Never Goes Out is a celebration: the saga of four working-class kids from a northern English city who come together despite contrasting personalities, find a musical bond, inspire a fanatical following, and leave a legacy that changed the music world--and the lives of their fans.

 

To read more about A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT, please visit www.crownpublishing.com

The definitive book about The Smiths, one of the most beloved, respected, and storied indie rock bands in music history.

They were, their fans believe, the best band in the world. Hailing from Manchester, England, The Smiths--Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, and Mike Joyce--were critical and popular favorites throughout their mid-1980s heyday and beyond. To this day, due to their unforgettable songs and lyrics, they are considered one of the greatest British rock groups of all time--up there with the Beatles, the Stones, the Who, and the Clash. 

Tony Fletcher paints a vivid portrait of the fascinating personalities within the group: Morrissey, the witty, literate lead singer whose loner personality and complex lyrics made him an icon for teenagers who felt forlorn and forgotten; his songwriting partner Marr, the gregarious guitarist who became a rock god for a generation of indie kids; and the talented, good-looking rhythm section duo of bassist Rourke and drummer Joyce. Despite the band's tragic breakup at the height of their success, A Light That Never Goes Out is a celebration: the saga of four working-class kids from a northern English city who come together despite contrasting personalities, find a musical bond, inspire a fanatical following, and leave a legacy that changed the music world--and the lives of their fans.

 

To read more about A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT, please visit www.crownpublishing.com

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Published by: Crown Publishing Group on Nov 21, 2012
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reserved

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“Finally, the ull story o the Smiths…It belongs in any an’s scholarly room.”
—Rob Shefeld, Bestselling author o
Love is a Mix Tape 
“An exhilarating read! I highly recommend it.”
—Matt Pinfeld, Host o MTV2’s 120 Minutes and The Hivecast 
“An intriguing portrait o an intriguing band that is asrich in intellectual history as it is in rock trivia. KeithRichards, eat your heart out.”
—Gary Marcus, bestselling author o
Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning 
“Written with love and illed with gem-like moments…Fans will swoon; the inexplicable rest o you will learnwhat the uss was about.”
—Will Hermes, author o
Love Goes to Buildings on Fire 
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