Morrissey’s Pre-Smiths Writing
James Dean Is Not Dead. Manchester: Babylon Books, 1983. Perfect bound in wraps.
New York Dolls. Manchester: Babylon Books, 1981. 8 ⅛ x 11 ¾ in. Saddle stapled in wraps.  pp.
Exit Smiling. Manchester: Babylon Books, 1998. Perfect bound in wraps. 8 x 10 in.  pp. Certificate of authentication affixed to inside back cover. Editioned 64/1000.
All very good to near fine.
Prior to being the vocalist of The Smiths and arguably the ultimate icon of dorm room angst, Stephen Morrissey was a pretty good writer on music and popular culture. This generated three truly obscure books. His slim monograph on the New York Dolls, almost never seen in its 1981 first edition, is a scrapbook of rare ephemera and pictures interspersed with Morrissey’s excellent fever-pitch enthusing about his favorite band. His second book, a likewise slim volume on James Dean is an impassioned love letter fully interlocking with his finest work as a lyricist. It is seen even more seldom than the New York Dolls book. The third book, submitted and rejected in 1980 and finally printed in 1998, is a compilation of writing on movie stars and celebrities simultaneously camp and vitriolic. It is infinitely readable.
Together as one package these books are truly rare and are a must have for those of us who have Morrissey and The Smiths to thank for accompanying us through our youth and into adulthood. Ask Lisa Simpson.
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- Color: Multi
- Dimensions: 8 x 10 ½ in. 48 pp.
- Made in the USA
Product Code 872266
8 x 10 ½ in. 48 pp.
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