Fans though, will likely lap up the personal insights from a musician, now 54, who has long avoided talking about his private life. Morrissey has had periods of depression; he had his first serious relationship in his 30s, with a man he memorably describes as “an ex-schoolboy sadist with a flair for complicity”; he later discussed becoming a parent with a close female friend.
“Tina and I discuss the unthinkable act of producing a mewling miniature monster,” writes Morrissey, ever the romantic.
There are encounters — often awkward — with other famous people, moments of drama, including a 2007 kidnapping attempt in Mexico, and episodes of the absurd. Morrissey says he was once invited to appear on the sitcom “Friends,” where “I am requested to sing ‘in a really depressing voice.’”
And there is the inevitable score-settling. The Smiths’ former record label, Rough Trade, comes in for vitriol. So do the band’s bassist and drummer, with whom Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr fought a bitter royalties battle, recounted at length.
A Smiths reunion seems unlikely. Morrissey reveals that Marr once suggested reforming the band. But the singer said no.
“Surviving The Smiths is not something that should be attempted twice,” he writes.