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Since he fronted The Smiths in the 80s, Morrissey‘s body of work and persona have been defined by lyrical refinement, originality and a tendency to include cryptic messages in songs, records sleeves, pre-show music, merchandise, interviews and more. Moreover, throughout his career, Morrissey have been the subject of an in-depth analysis and publications that aim to decipher his enigmatic persona by tracking down his musical influences — a subject that fascinates the Morrissey fanbase and appeals to those interested in pop musical history.
This limited print is the result of a long period of research and passion for the artist. It celebrates the legacy of one of the most enigmatic and controversial, yet influential songwriters in modern British culture and aims to decode part of the myth behind the Manchester icon. It goes deep into the cryptic Morrissey jukebox of personal favourites, handpicked songs, albums, most revered singers and obscure artists, where pioneering underdogs like New York Dolls, Sparks, Nico, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Klaus Nomi collide with giants of the singing voice like Elvis Presley, Shirley Bassey and Bobby Hatfield.
Just to name a few, songs by the likes of Love Affair, Jackie Wilson, Vince Taylor, X-Ray Spex, Brigitte Bardot, Joni Mitchell, Ramones, Smoking Popes, Maria Callas, The Fall and Ludus are featured in this obsessively curated print.
From rock ‘n’ roll to folk, and from pop to cajun music and beyond. From Brian Eno to Kathleen Ferrier, and from The Foundations to Shocking Blue. The result is a fascinating visual journey across music culture and the Morrissey universe.