Sunday, November 14, 2010

"Mozipedia: The Encyclopedia of Morrissey and The Smiths" by Simon Goddard

Mozipedia: The Encyclopedia of Morrissey and The SmithsMozipedia: The Encyclopedia of Morrissey and The Smiths by Simon Goddard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Totally fascinating and perhaps even perfect.   The book is basically Morrissey culture as an encyclopedia and what is great is that you don't even have to like Morrissey to enjoy the book.  Of course the author Simon Goddard goes through every Smiths/Morrissey song or album, but more important focuses on Morrissey's influences on his work.

On one level this could be the ultimate biography on Morrissey, but the the great thing about it is that its about the singer's work and what one gets from his music/lyrics.  Favorite films, songs, and people are represented with a small bio - and it is truly a remarkable feat in getting in someone's head and how that person or artwork influenced the artist.

And Morrissey is the perfect artist for this type of book.  He's a walking open book with respect to his love for British or European culture - its books, its music, its films and for certain social groupings that also fascinated Morrissey through out the years.

If you are going to get one book on Morrissey - this is it.  And again if you are not a fan, but just interested in one's particular taste in pop culture - this is an incredible reference book for the purpose of exploring Morrissey's bookcase, record collection and films for future enjoyment.

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