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Mozipedia

The Encyclopaedia of "Morrissey" and the "Smiths"

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Publisher: Ebury Press

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Language:English | Number of Pages: 544 | Format: Hardcover

Isbn-10: 0091927099 | Isbn-13: 9780091927097 | Publish date: 

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Category: Biography , Music , Reference

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Book Description
Steven Patrick Morrissey is one of the most original and controversial voices in the history of popular music. With The Smiths, he led the most influential British guitar group of the 1980s, his enigmatic wit and style defining a generation. As a solo artist, he has continued to broach subjects no other singer would dare. Worshipped by some, vilified by others, Morrissey is a unique rock and roll creation. The 300,000 words of "Mozipedia" make this the most intimate and in-depth biographical portrait of the man and his music yet. Bringing together every song, album, collaborator, key location, every hero, book, film and record to have influenced his art, it is the summation of years of meticulous research. Morrissey authority Simon Goddard has interviewed almost everybody of any importance, making "Mozipedia" the last word on Morrissey and The Smiths.
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    L'arte che nutre l'arte

    L'occasione per inaugurare l'etichetta "Da consultazione" mi viene fornita da questo bel volumone di Goddard, riassuntivo di tutte (o quasi) le nozioni e gli aneddoti collegabili agli Smiths e a Moz.
    Bene, se da un lato è assolutamente vero che il solo modo per conoscere autenticamente un a ...continue

    L'occasione per inaugurare l'etichetta "Da consultazione" mi viene fornita da questo bel volumone di Goddard, riassuntivo di tutte (o quasi) le nozioni e gli aneddoti collegabili agli Smiths e a Moz.
    Bene, se da un lato è assolutamente vero che il solo modo per conoscere autenticamente un artista è quello di approcciarsi alla sua arte, cercando di esplorarla fin nel dettaglio, è pur vero che un lavoro del genere ha una sua evidente utilità: l'arte, come molte alte cose del resto, non può sorgere dal nulla, od iniziare ad esistere e continuare a farlo appoggiandosi soltanto su sé stessa (o, almeno, non l'ha mai fatto in passato e difficilmente lo farà in futuro). Tutte le opere d'arte (e questo perché nemmeno ciò che si definisce, a cuor leggero, come avanguardia pura, è mai davvero costituzionalmente innovativo, quanto piuttosto provocatoriamente opposto a qualcosa di precedente, rispetto al quale rappresenta una contraddizione, un punto di rottura) hanno un modello che le ha ispirate, un modello che può essere ad esse simile (nei contenuti, nella forma, o per altri aspetti) oppure diverso, un modello che può appartenere al medesimo ambito artistico come no (guardiamo al movimento pittorico iperrealista: in quel caso il modello era la realtà, il mezzo, per la veicolazione di un messaggio che sinceramente ignoro, la sua imitazione pedissequa).
    L'ispirazione, dunque, è la linfa vitale dell'arte, il materiale grezzo che sottende molte, moltissime opere; e Moz, questo, lo sa bene. I kitchen sink dramas, la poesia, la musica, i romanzi ed il teatro, Shelagh Delaney, Emily Dickinson e Pier Paolo Pasolini, Roma e Manchester: tutti elementi con i quali Morrissey s'è nutrito nel corso degli anni, e che, elaborando e trasfigurando, ha usato quale base della sua arte, dei suoi splendidi testi d'autore.
    Il libro, quindi, diventa una sorta di mappa organica (alfabeticamente ordinata) di temi e ispirazioni, che ci permette di prendere coscienza della vastità e della variegatezza delle influenze morrisseyane.
    Va da sé che il modo migliore per leggerlo è quello di farlo immersi nella musica di Morrissey, ma ancor più in quella degli Smiths, per non dimenticare mai che ci sono aspetti, dell'arte, che si sottraggono ad ogni tentativo d'analisi.

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  • 5

    Mozipedia it is!

    Ok, I finally finished it.


    Two light ales please ;-)


    What an impressive collection of data!


    On p. 417 about Linda Mulvey, the Belgian label was "Les disques du crépuscule" that had indeed made a test pressing of a Ludus compilation (later published in Italy) and had numerous ...continue

    Ok, I finally finished it.

    Two light ales please ;-)

    What an impressive collection of data!

    On p. 417 about Linda Mulvey, the Belgian label was "Les disques du crépuscule" that had indeed made a test pressing of a Ludus compilation (later published in Italy) and had numerous connections with Factory recs (and issued a few albums by Vini Reilly aka The Durutti Column). Some people think that the appearances of The Smiths in Belgium are linked to Linder: she lived in Belgium while The Smiths performed there (1983 at RTBF tv, april 1984 at Breekend Festival in Bree).

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  • 5

    Hilariously obsessive

    The ultimate 'Mozzerian' compendium, including amusing trivia (from underwear faves to detailed eating habits!) and a quite thorough account of every possible cultural reference hinted in the singer's repertoire. One minor remark, though: some 'encyclopaedic' entries seem a bit unnecessary and an ...continue

    The ultimate 'Mozzerian' compendium, including amusing trivia (from underwear faves to detailed eating habits!) and a quite thorough account of every possible cultural reference hinted in the singer's repertoire. One minor remark, though: some 'encyclopaedic' entries seem a bit unnecessary and annoying (for example, why explaining what 'Wuthering Heights' is? Isn't the reader supposed to be already acquainted with such basic literary information?).
    Overall, an amazing, highly recommended, pleasantly obsessive reading!

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  • 4

    interesting for fans

    This is quite what the title implies: an encyclopaedia on Morrissey and his world, by journalist Simon Goddard. While the his subjective takes on what the songs are about are mostly worthless, as are his way of trying to be funny and witty - just read the end of his bit about Johnny Rogan's "The ...continue

    This is quite what the title implies: an encyclopaedia on Morrissey and his world, by journalist Simon Goddard. While the his subjective takes on what the songs are about are mostly worthless, as are his way of trying to be funny and witty - just read the end of his bit about Johnny Rogan's "The Severed Alliance" and you'll see what I mean - the real goodness in owning this book is that it serves as a collection of interesting trivia.

    I'm your average trainspotter when it comes to music: things like label changes, singles, b-sides, shows, changes in lyrics are cool to me; vague, bizarre stuff about music sticks in my mind. And as Morrissey is my favourite living artist and seems to be extremely nerdy when it comes to music, he's left a legacy of borrowing elements from all types of media for his lyrics and music - for instance many a lyric he's culled off Shelagh Delaney's plays, or the music from The Cookies' "Only To Other People" for his "Girl Least Likely To" - not to mention obscure stuff like excommunicating people and leaving messages in the run-out grooves of vinyl records, his unique style and varying likes and dislikes are very much enhanced through this knowledge. If you're a music-sicko like me, that is.

    I read this book from page one and forth, and as such it was beautiful to take an inner journey through Morrissey's work. For instance, reading of the workings surrounding the album "Vauxhall & I" really added depth for me, in relation to even the lyrics for the songs, those on the album, those reserved for b-sides and those discarded completely.

    If the reader is a Morrissey neophyte, watch out: he has often given pretty varying accounts of events, times and likes/dislikes in the past, consciously or/and unconsciously. Hence, this feels a bit like treading water in wait for Morrissey's autobiography to drop, whenever and if-ever it will.

    So, all in all, is this book worth a read? Fairly. If you're as much into minutiae regarding Morrissey and The Smiths as I am and you have a fair amount of common sense in order to try and separate gossip from fact, I'd say go for it. If you've heard "Girlfriend In A Coma" and say "Who?" when you hear the name Timi Yuro or see a picture of The Salford Lads Club, you'd probably fare better with another book.

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  • 5

    Puramente da feticisti, la Mozipedia è un volumone di più di 500 pagine con voci che spaziano dal batterista di Morrissey del 2005 a Oscar Wilde, oltre che commentare tutte le canzoni di Morrissey e degli Smiths. Essenziale, e un filino da malati ;-)

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