Johnny marr set the boy free signed

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Set the Boy Free by Johnny Marr

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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Couldn't wait to read this, having read Morrissey's own bio. Does not disappoint. The Smiths are history but are still my favourite ever band. Maybe I can't see them, but the music is always there Fresh, zippy and most of all honest, Marr's memoir recounts the journey towards his personal dream of playing guitar and forming a band. Taking in his early musical influences, the genesis of The Smiths and his At last the whole story of the other Smith's founder and main man in his own words.

A guide to the various editions of Johnny's autobiography, Set The Boy Free , plus its associated promo items. This is the main version of the book released in the UK and Europe. Signed copies were also made available; see below. Many have a black, circular "signed by the author" sticker on the front covers; variations on this exist for individual stores, eg. Waterstones, Foyles, etc. The books are signed by Johnny on the title page in black marker pen, and were sold for the same price as the unsigned edition. This edition was seen available primarily in airports, and in Australia.

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  2. Queralorpo says:

    Few groups have had a bigger impact than The Smiths and few musicians are as celebrated as Johnny Marr.

  3. Venicecv says:

    Special edition of Johnny Marr's autobiography, "Set The Boy Free". Housed in a special charcoal grey cloth box, with black and white artwork of Manchester on.

  4. Eric W. says:

    Johnny Marr: ‘The conversation about re-forming came out of the blue'

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