Title: Songs That Saved Your Life: The Art of The Smiths 1982-87
Author: Simon Goddard
Length: 352 pages
E-Book ISBN: 9781782262590
Publisher: Titan Books; Revised edition (8 Feb 2013)
The Smiths’ brief but brilliant career lasted only five years, long enough to carve their name as the greatest and most influential British band of the 1980s. From the perfect pop of ‘This charming Man’ to their iconic masterpiece The Queen Is Dead, songwriters Morrissey and Johnny Marr created a body of work which saw them championed as the Lennon and McCartney of their day.Songs That Saved Your Life: The Art of The Smiths 1982-87 reveals the stories behind every track (including unreleased out-takes), catalogues all the groups UK television, radio and concert appearances and features interviews with original band members, producers and associates.
I found Songs That Saved Your Life: The Art of The Smiths 1982-87 very interesting. I have heard most of their songs however I was a young child and only 10 years old when they split in 1987. My mum used to play their songs a lot so I knew the songs although never knew who sung them.
The book is crammed full of information. Listing all songs that The Smiths made and it is all laid out in order of the year they were recorded and released. Each song has a write up which is full of information about each singer. what they said, where the song was written and why. There really is a lot of information about each song.
The Epilogue is titled ‘A Less Miserable Life’ and is a personal quantum theory of the end of The Smiths.
Appendix I – The Smiths on Record goes through all of the records naming the A and B side, release date, Who the cover star was, the colour scheme, matrix messages and notes.
Appendix II – The Smiths and their songs in concert lists all concert date. Appendix III – The Smiths on BBC radio lists radio appearances, who was the radio presenter, what songs were sung, the date and some information about the appearance. Appendix IV – The Smiths on UK television lists all television appearances.
I think this is a fabulous book full of information that a fan of The Smiths will love. It is very detailed and very interesting.