Johnny Marr on upcoming memoir: ‘I don’t want it to be too self-important or pompous’

The former Smiths guitarist will release the book in autumn 2016

Johnny Marr has discussed his upcoming autobiography in a new interview with NME.

The guitarist will release his first memoir in autumn 2016. The book will cover the musician’s entire career, from forming The Smiths alongside Morrissey to his work with The Cribs, Modest Mouse, The The and Electronic plus a burgeoning solo career.

Speaking in this week’s issue of NME, available digitally and on newsstands now, Marr revealed that he’s had to take a break from music to work on the book, which he claims will be written “the way I talk”.


“I always knew it was going to be a matter of downing tools to get the book done,” Marr said. “You can’t write a book backstage with soundcheck going on.”

Adding of the memoir, which follows the release of Smiths frontman Morrissey’s autobiography in 2013, Marr continued, “The important thing is that the people who like what I do still like me the same once they know everything. 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 be published by Century in both hardback and e-book formats. Of possible titles, Marr said, “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”.

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Despite stating that he’s taking time out from music, Marr recently revealed that he intends to release “a couple” of brand-new EPs later this year, alongside plans to tour the UK.

Marr said: “I’ve written some new songs and it’s tempting to shore them up for an album, as I like songs to be an event. But if I release them as a couple of EPs soon, it just means I’ve got to write more songs and I love work.”

Johnny Marr released two solo albums ‘The Messenger’ and ‘Playland’ in 2013 and 2014 respectively.