Morrissey is arguably the greatest disturbance popular music has ever known. Even more than the choreographed carelessness of punk and the hyperbolic gestures of glam rock and the New Romantics, Morrisseys early bookish ineptitude, his celebration of the ordinary, and his subversive endorsement of celibacy, abstinence and rock n roll revolutionized the world of British pop. As an increasingly pugnacious solo artist, too, he consistently adopts the outsiders perspective and dares us to confront genuinely uncomfortable subjects. In his brilliant and original book, Gavin Hopps examines the work of this compelling performer, whose intelligence, humour, suffering and awkwardness have fascinated audiences around the world for the last 25 years. Hopps traces the trajectory of Morrisseys career from its beginning in the early 80s with the Smiths to the release of his latest album Ringleader of the Tormentors and outlines the contours and contradictions of the singers elusive persona. The book illuminates Morrissey's coyness (how can he remain a mystery when he tells us too much?), his dramatized

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