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Known for his outspoken and often controversial views on class, ethnicity and sexuality, Morrissey has remained an anti-establishment figure who continues to provoke argument, debate and devotion amongst critics and his many fans. Focusing exclusively on Morrissey’s solo career, the collected essays in this important book make for a rich reading of Morrissey and his highly influential creative output. Working across a range of academic disciplines and approaches (including musicology; ethnography; sociology and cultural studies) these essays seek to make sense of the many complexities of this global icon.


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Chapter titles
Introduction: But Don’t Forget the Songs that Made You Cry and the Songs that Saved Your Life …
Eoin Devereux, Aileen Dillane and Martin J. Power
Chapter 1: ‘Suedehead’: Paving the Pilgrimage Path to Morrissey’s and Dean’s Fairmount, Indiana
Erin Hazard
Chapter 2: “The Seaside Town that They Forgot to Bomb”: Morrissey and Betjeman on Urban Regeneration and British Identity
Lawrence Foley
Chapter 3: In the Spirit of ’69? Morrissey and the Skinhead Cult
John H. Baker
Chapter 4: Fanatics, Apostles and NMEs
Colin Snowsell
Chapter 5: The “Teenage Dad” and “Slum Mums” are Just “Certain People I Know”: Counter Hegemonic Representations of the Working/Underclass in the Works of Morrissey
Martin J. Power
Chapter 6: In Our Different Ways We are the Same: Morrissey and Representations of Disability
Daniel Manco
Chapter 7: “My So Friendly Lens”: Morrissey as Mediated through His Public Image
Melissa Connor
Chapter 8: “Because I’ve only got Two Hands”: Western Art Undercurrents in the Poses and Gestures of Morrissey
Andrew Cope
Chapter 9: Mozart: Adorno Meets Morrissey in the Cultural Divisions
Rachel M. Brett
Chapter 10: Speedway for Beginners: Morrissey, Martyrdom and Ambiguity
Eoin Devereux and Aileen Dillane
Chapter 11: No Love in Modern Life: Matters of Performance and Production in a Morrissey Song
Eirik Askerøi
Chapter 12: ‘Vicar In A Tutu’: Dialogism, Iconicity and the Carnivalesque in Morrissey
Pierpaolo Martino
Chapter 13: Smiths Night: A Dream World Created Through Other People’s Music
Dan Jacobson and Ian Jeffrey
Chapter 14: Talent Borrows, Genius Steals: Morrissey and the Art of Appropriation
Lee Brooks
Chapter 15: ‘I’m Not The Man You Think I Am’: Morrissey’s Negotiation of Dominant Gender and Sexuality Codes
Elisabeth Woronzoff
Chapter 16: Melodramatic Morrissey: Kill Uncle, Cavell and the Question of the Human Voice
Johanna Sjöstedt
Chapter 17: ‘You Have Killed Me’ – Tropes of Hyperbole and Sentimentality in Morrissey’s Musical Expression
Stan Hawkins
'[…] an uncompromising, detailed, and challenging examination of the many textual layers, symbolic codes, and cultural resonances of the Morrissey canon. This is indeed rich material by any standards. Drawing on a range of disciplinary approaches, including musicology, sociology, media and cultural studies, as well as gender studies and queer theory, these essays range across the full spectrum of Morrissey’s work. […] this is quite a sensitive work, as befits its subject matter, and individual authors articulate their own, sometimes complex, relationship with the subject matter and their own engagement with it. In bringing this work together, the editors have made a substantial contribution to writing in the genre, and to the potential for serious engagement with popular music in an academic context.' – Brian O'Neill, Irish Communications Review

'Broad ranging, intellectually satisfying ... highly recommended both for scholars ... and for fans' – Kevin Schwandt, Notes

'Morrissey is an important and influential figure, and this is an important book.' – Phillip Kiszely, Punk & Post-Punk

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