True to You, Morrissey’s semi-official fansite, announced on Thursday that his forthcoming memoir, simply titled Autobiography, has finally been issued a release date. The 480-page paperback will be available in Europe and UK shops, as well as online retailers, on October 17. The publication date has been confirmed by Penguin Books UK and is already available for pre-order on Amazon UK. The book will be published by Penguin Classics, the division of Penguin that is typically reserved for iconic literary titles. In 2011, a spokesperson for the publisher described Morrissey’s memoirs as ‘a classic in the making.’ And, if you are still unsure whether Morrissey deserves a ‘classic’ designation, his latest press release welcomes you to mull this one over: ‘Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that Morrissey has reached in his lifetime.’
Morrissey’s highly-anticipated autobiography was set to be released almost a month ago, but due to a ‘content dispute’ between the singer and Penguin Books, it appeared that their deal had collapsed. An official statement said Morrissey was in search of a new publisher and that no review copies had been printed. A preview of the cover artwork was revealed at that time which featured a photograph by Paul Spencer previously used for the cover of Morrissey’s 2008 Greatest Hits collection.
However, the press statement was amended the following day with new details. A new deal had been struck with Penguin Books UK that would make the book available for the UK and European markets. At this time, Morrissey has no publisher for the U.S. and the rest of the world, and there has been no indication of whether he is in talks with other international publishers.
Though the U.S. will be denied its own domestically printed copies for the time being (Amazon UK, anyone?), many readers will finally get Morrissey’s definitive take on his life and career up to the end of The Smiths in 1987.
Morrissey spoke to The Hollywood Reporter in February about his autobiography, stating, ‘If the book doesn’t come out soon, I’ll burn it,’ adding, ‘I’ve never felt fully present in my own life. I’ve always felt like a ghost drifting through. I’m not actually flesh. So autobiography is a therapeutic act of self-loyalty, even if, like me, you end up with chapters of self-disgust rather than reams of narcissism.’ Sounds promising. Let’s hope this gets a wider publication eventually. If you can’t wait, pre-order through Amazon UK.