Johnny Marr on memoir: “I don’t want to be too self-important or pompous”

The guitarist will discuss The Smiths, Morrissey, The Cribs and more

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Johnny Marr has shed light on his upcoming memoir, due for release in 2016, claiming he doesn’t want the book to be too “pompous”.

“The important thing is that the people who like what I do still like me the same once they know everything,” he tells NME. “I take writing seriously, but I also want it to be entertaining, because I don’t want to be too self-important or pompous.”

The currently untitled book will cover the whole of Marr’s career, from his days with Morrissey and The Smiths, through to his time with The The and Electronic, and his work with Modest Mouse, The Cribs and most recently as a solo artist.


Discussing possible titles for the book, Marr explains: “It absolutely won’t be This Charming Marr, Isn’t It Marrvelous or any pun like that. I’ve been looking at those headlines all my adult life, thanks very much.”

Marr’s Smiths bandmate Morrissey released his own memoir, Autobiography, through Penguin Classics in 2013.

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