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Laura Watson
2019 June
Music, Memory and Memoir
Reading Lyrics, Hearing Prose: Morrissey's Autobiography
Bloomsbury Academic
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Memoir; rock memoir; autobiography; Smiths; Morrissey; music criticism; rock music and politics;
In this chapter I theorise that Autobiography marks a departure for how Morrissey constructs himself as an artist and casts new light on his musical output. , I investigate the relationship between this memoir and its author’s activity as a recording artist, through an analysis which demonstrates how Morrissey’s mode of lyrical expression influenced the text’s themes and literary style. Secondarily, I trace how synergies operate between his musical catalogue and the book’s audio-visual paratexts. Finally, given the rhetorical inflection of Morrissey’s recent political pronouncements, I suggest that his memoir alerts audiences to his practice of re-appropriating song lyrics to serve new agendas.
Robert Edgar, Fraser Mann, Helen Pleasance
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