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Johnny Marr - 'Set the Boy Free': hardback book Tesco instore - £7
Johnny Marr - 'Set the Boy Free': hardback book Tesco instore - £7

Johnny Marr - 'Set the Boy Free': hardback book Tesco instore - £7

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Just spotted that this has been reduced to £7 in Tesco Rotherham. Asked a member of staff who said that she believed that it was a national deal.

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Review

". . . wise, breezy, supersmart memoir . . . Marr’s defiantly unghostwritten book is pleasant and direct . . ." ( Guardian) 

"An unpretentious, clearly written memoir recounting his journey from a working-class upbringing on the outskirts of Manchester to his status as a musical polymath" ( The Times) 

" Set the Boy Free – a telling title again – is much more than an obituary for a brilliant band. It’s also a love letter to the women in Marr’s life … and a guide on how to keep changing and moving on with your creative life." ( The Observer) 

"It is a pleasure …. to read a memoir by a five-star guitar hero that … present[s] a particular life in rock as one of pure, disarming joy and open possibility " ( New Statesman) 

"Excellent" ( The Sun)

Book Description

The autobiography of one the most influential guitarists and artists of all time.

From the Back Cover

Johnny Marr was born in 1960s Manchester to Irish emigrant parents and knew from an early age that he would be a musician. Forming his first band at thirteen, Marr spent his teenage years on the council estates of Wythenshawe playing guitar, devouring pop culture and inventing his own musical style. 

It wasn't until the early eighties, when Marr turned up on the doorstep of a singer named Steven Patrick Morrissey, that both a unique songwriting partnership and the group recognised as one of the most iconic bands of all time were formed. In 1983 The Smiths released their first single, and within a year their eponymous debut album reached number two in the UK chart, paving the way for mainstream and critical success on their own terms. 

For Marr, tensions within the band and desire for a wider musical scope led to his departure from The Smiths in 1987, marking the end of one of the most influential British groups of a generation. 

But this was just the beginning for Marr. From forming Electronic and The Healers to playing with Bryan Ferry, Talking Heads, Kirsty MacColl, Pet Shop Boys, Billy Bragg, Nile Rogers and Bert Jansch. From joining The Pretenders, The The, Modest Mouse and The Cribs to recently collaborating with Hans Zimmer and receiving acclaim and worldwide success in his own right as a solo artist, Marr has never stopped. Here, for the first time, he tells his own side of the story. 

From roaming the streets of Manchester to constantly pushing musical boundaries as the most loved guitarist Britain has ever produced, Johnny Marr’s memoir is the true history of music - told by one of its very own legends.

About the Author

Johnny Marr is a musician and songwriter. Between 1982 and 1987 he was the guitarist and co-founder of The Smiths. He is now an established solo artist who has released two albums, The Messenger and Playland, to date. He currently lives in Manchester.

6 Comments

I would like to read this but the quote below is OTT:

'The autobiography of one the most influential guitarists and artists of all time'.

Could do with some punctuation in your title , as it reads ' free hardback book'!

pannan

Could do with some punctuation in your title , as it reads ' free … Could do with some punctuation in your title , as it reads ' free hardback book'!



But the phrase ''Set the Boy'' makes no sense.

Just got this from the library. 24 weeks to read so long as not in demand!

ron77

But the phrase ''Set the Boy'' makes no sense.



Ahah,,misread book title; how about? 'set the boy free:hardback book'

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pannan

Ahah,,misread book title; how about? 'set the boy free:hardback book'



​Hi, just reviewed title, didn't notice at the time as posted on my mobile whilst on lunch.
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