Set the Boy Free: The Autobiography

Hardcover | November 15, 2016

byJohnny Marr

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The long-awaited memoir from the legendary guitarist and cofounder of the seminal British band The Smiths.

An artist who helped define a period in popular culture, Johnny Marr tells his story in a memoir as vivid and arresting as his music. The Smiths, the band with the signature sound he cofounded, remains one of the most beloved bands ever, and have a profound influence on a number of acts that followed—from the Stone Roses, Suede, Blur, and Radiohead to Oasis, The Libertines, and Arctic Monkeys.

Marr recalls his childhood growing up in the northern working-class city of Manchester, in a house filled with music. He takes us back to the summer of 1982 when, at eighteen, he sought out one Stephen Morrissey to form a new band they called The Smiths. Marr invites fans on stage, on the road, and in the studio for the five years The Smiths were together and how after a rapid ascent, the working-class teenage rock star enjoyed and battled with the perks of success until ideological differences, combined with his much publicized strained relationships with fellow band mates, caused him to leave in 1987. Marr’s “escape” as he calls it, ensured the beginning of the end for one of the most influential groups of a generation. But The Smiths’ end was only the beginning for Marr. The bona-fide guitar hero continues to experiment and evolve in his solo career to this day, playing with Paul McCartney, Pretenders, Modest Mouse, Oasis and collaborating today’s most creative and renowned artists. 

Rising above and beyond the personal struggles and bitter feuds, Marr delivers the story of his music and his band, sharing the real insights of a man who has made music his life, and finally giving fans what they’ve truly been waiting for.

 

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The long-awaited memoir from the legendary guitarist and cofounder of the seminal British band The Smiths.An artist who helped define a period in popular culture, Johnny Marr tells his story in a memoir as vivid and arresting as his music. The Smiths, the band with the signature sound he cofounded, remains one of the most beloved bands...

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Johnny Marr was born in 1960s Manchester to Irish emigrant parents and knew from an early age that he would be a musician. Forming his first band at thirteen, Marr spent his teenage years in public housing, playing guitar, devouring pop culture, and inventing his own musical style.It wasn’t until the early eighties, when Marr turned up...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.45 inPublished:November 15, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062438697

ISBN - 13:9780062438690

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love Mr. Marr I ve been a fan of Johnny Marr for years, all his bands from the smiths, the the, electronic and so on.The reason I really like this book is because it feels like you are sitting with him and just listening to him chat about his stories. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoy the Johnny's music, his attitude on music and just want a bit of an inside view of what went on before and after the smiths. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love Mr. Marr I ve been a fan of Johnny Marr for years, all his bands from the smiths, the the, electronic and so on.The reason I really like this book is because it feels like you are sitting with him and just listening to him chat about his stories. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoy the Johnny's music, his attitude on music and just want a bit of an inside view of what went on before and after the smiths. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Marr Rules! As a lifelong Smiths fan, this book is fantastic. I grew up idolizing Johnny Marr and his guitar style. I had the privilege of seeing him live and have all his solo albums, along with his work with The The, and Electronic. Fantastic memoir.
Date published: 2016-11-29

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“The preeminent guitar stylist of his generation. Glam, folk-rock, post-punk, funk, rockabilly, and a certain ineffable Marrness— that ringing, swinging, intricate, atmospheric, hook-dripping soul— all dovetailed into a sound that still stuns.”