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Set the Boy Free - The Autobiography

Johnny Marr

The long-awaited memoir from the legendary guitarist and cofounder of the seminal British band The Smiths. An artist who helped define a period in popular culture, Johnny Marr tells his story in a memoir as vivid and arresting as his music. The Smiths, the band with the signature sound he cofounded, remains one of the most beloved bands ever, and have a profound influence on a number of acts that followed—from the Stone Roses, Suede, Blur, and Radiohead to Oasis, The Libertines, and Arctic Monkeys. Marr recalls his childhood growing up in the northern working-class city of Manchester, in a house filled with music. He takes us back to the summer of 1982 when, at eighteen, he sought out one Stephen Morrissey to form a new band they called The Smiths. Marr invites fans on stage, on the road, and in the studio for the five years The Smiths were together and how after a rapid ascent, the working-class teenage rock star enjoyed and battled with the perks of success until ideological differences, combined with his much publicized strained relationships with fellow band mates, caused him to leave in 1987. Marr’s “escape” as he calls it, ensured the beginning of the end for one of the most influential groups of a generation. But The Smiths’ end was only the beginning for Marr. The bona-fide guitar hero continues to experiment and evolve in his solo career to this day, playing with Paul McCartney, Pretenders, Modest Mouse, Oasis and collaborating today’s most creative and renowned artists. Rising above and beyond the personal struggles and bitter feuds, Marr delivers the story of his music and his band, sharing the real insights of a man who has made music his life, and finally giving fans what they’ve truly been waiting for.

The long-awaited memoir from the legendary guitarist and cofounder of the seminal British band The Smiths. An artist who helped define a period in popular culture, Johnny Marr tells his story in a memoir as vivid and arresting as his music. The Smiths, the band with the signature sound he cofounded, remains one of the most beloved bands ever, and have a profound influence on a number of acts that followed—from the Stone Roses, Suede, Blur, and Radiohead to Oasis, The Libertines, and Arctic Monkeys. Marr recalls his childhood growing up in the northern working-class city of Manchester, in a house filled with music. He takes us back to the summer of 1982 when, at eighteen, he sought out one Stephen Morrissey to form a new band they called The Smiths. Marr invites fans on stage, on the road, and in the studio for the five years The Smiths were together and how after a rapid ascent, the working-class teenage rock star enjoyed and battled with the perks of success until ideological differences, combined with his much publicized strained relationships with fellow band mates, caused him to leave in 1987. Marr’s “escape” as he calls it, ensured the beginning of the end for one of the most influential groups of a generation. But The Smiths’ end was only the beginning for Marr. The bona-fide guitar hero continues to experiment and evolve in his solo career to this day, playing with Paul McCartney, Pretenders, Modest Mouse, Oasis and collaborating today’s most creative and renowned artists. Rising above and beyond the personal struggles and bitter feuds, Marr delivers the story of his music and his band, sharing the real insights of a man who has made music his life, and finally giving fans what they’ve truly been waiting for.
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The long-awaited memoir from the legendary guitarist and cofounder of the seminal British band The Smiths. An artist who helped define a period in popular culture, Johnny Marr tells his story in a memoir as vivid and arresting as his music. The Smiths, the band with the signature sound he cofounded, remains one of the most beloved bands ever, and have a profound influence on a number of acts that followed—from the Stone Roses, Suede, Blur, and Radiohead to Oasis, The Libertines, and Arctic Monkeys. Marr recalls his childhood growing up in the northern working-class city of Manchester, in a house filled with music. He takes us back to the summer of 1982 when, at eighteen, he sought out one Stephen Morrissey to form a new band they called The Smiths. Marr invites fans on stage, on the road, and in the studio for the five years The Smiths were together and how after a rapid ascent, the working-class teenage rock star enjoyed and battled with the perks of success until ideological differences, combined with his much publicized strained relationships with fellow band mates, caused him to leave in 1987. Marr’s “escape” as he calls it, ensured the beginning of the end for one of the most influential groups of a generation. But The Smiths’ end was only the beginning for Marr. The bona-fide guitar hero continues to experiment and evolve in his solo career to this day, playing with Paul McCartney, Pretenders, Modest Mouse, Oasis and collaborating today’s most creative and renowned artists. Rising above and beyond the personal struggles and bitter feuds, Marr delivers the story of his music and his band, sharing the real insights of a man who has made music his life, and finally giving fans what they’ve truly been waiting for.

Language:

English

Length:

9h 28m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

25:05


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

17:42


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

13:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

21:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

15:09


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

15:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

20:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:44


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:08


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

25:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:32


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

12:03


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

10:56


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:45


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:43


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

12:06


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

11:21


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:45


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:32


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

19:18


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:22


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:55


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

11:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

30:34


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:15


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

17:10


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:31


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:56


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

14:26


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

21:20


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:30


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

17:26


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:41


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:57


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

19:28


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:21


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

20:50


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

11:41


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:30


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:29


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:25


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

25:22


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:26


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

00:28