As one quarter of the British rock group, the Smiths, Johnny Marr is one of the most influential guitarists of the past thirty years. His partnership with Morrissey is directly responsible for a huge amount of the music from the late 1980s and ’90s that we celebrate here every day. From the Stone Roses and Radiohead to Suede and Oasis, the Smiths continue to leave their mark on popular music.
Morrissey’s much-anticipated Autobiography was published in paperback in the UK and Europe last month, with an American release coinciding with a hardback UK edition next month. The 460 page book sets the record straight on Morrissey’s life, from his Manchester childhood, through his tenure with the Smiths, and on to his solo career. Hot on the heels of Morrissey’s best-seller, Marr has announced that he will begin work on his own memoirs in the near future. In an interview with Brooklyn Vegan, he confirms that there have been offers for his story.
‘There is gonna be one, yeah,’ he told the website. ‘I’ve had so many offers and so many people advising me that my story is worth it, but I understand it’s something that I have to do. I’ll do it in the next couple of years. I’m into from the stance that I want it to be so thorough that I don’t make a record or tour whilst I was doing it. It is gonna happen, and I’ve already made an agreement with a publisher for it, so I will get it done.’
In the interview, Marr does not reveal whether he has read Morrissey’s record-breaking book. It should be interesting to learn his take on the notorious 1996 court case between Morrissey/Marr and Smiths drummer Mike Joyce, who swindled the band out of a large amount of undeserved royalties.
Marr stopped by television host Jimmy Fallon’s show during his latest American tour in promotion of his first solo album, The Messenger. He performed two songs, ‘Generate Generate’ off his album and the Smiths’ classic, ‘Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want.’ Watch them below.