Set The Boy Free: The Autobiography by Johnny MarrSet The Boy Free: The Autobiography by Johnny Marr

Set The Boy Free: The Autobiography

byJohnny Marr

Paperback | September 19, 2017

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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.

 

Johnny Marr is a musician and songwriter. He was the co-founder and between 1982 and 1987 the guitarist for The Smiths. He is now an established solo artist who has released two albums, The Messenger and Playland, to date. He currently lives in Manchester, England with his family.
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Title:Set The Boy Free: The AutobiographyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.14 inPublished:September 19, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062438735

ISBN - 13:9780062438737

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than expected! I appreciate Marr's openness about struggles with his Smiths bandmates. It wouldn't have been an honest autobiography if he had glossed over that part of his journey. It's ironic that for what is arguably the most successful point in his career, it's also one of the most insignificant in terms of what he achieved musically. Turns out, he had lots more to accomplish and is clearly a respected and highly sought out musician. Now when I hear any of his songs, I find myself listening to the music differently. You get a strong sense of how playing the guitar wasn't something he wanted to do, rather NEEDED to do - it was obvious from a young age. Well written and also interesting to read how he matured as a person. Seems like the kind of guy that you'd like to strike up a conversation with if you ran into him in a pub. As a last point, it's always nice to read about someone in the entertainment industry that's had a lasting relationship!
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than expected! I appreciate Marr's openness about struggles with his Smiths bandmates. It wouldn't have been an honest autobiography if he had glossed over that part of his journey. It's ironic that for what is arguably the most successful point in his career, it's also one of the most insignificant in terms of what he achieved musically. Turns out, he had lots more to accomplish and is clearly a respected and highly sought out musician. Now when I hear any of his songs, I find myself listening to the music differently. You get a strong sense of how playing the guitar wasn't something he wanted to do, rather NEEDED to do - it was obvious from a young age. Well written and also interesting to read how he matured as a person. Seems like the kind of guy that you'd like to strike up a conversation with if you ran into him in a pub. As a last point, it's always nice to read about someone in the entertainment industry that's had a lasting relationship!
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Johnny Marr Fans of the Smiths and Johnny Marr will love this autobiography. I find that some music memoirs are just a way to make money and aren't well done but this one was great. You could tell that he really took the time and probably enjoyed writing it. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-03-02
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

Editorial Reviews

“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.”