Johnny Marr to release autobiography in autumn 2016

Guitarist for bands including The Smiths, Modest Mouse, The Cribs and more to

Johnny Marr will release his autobiography in autumn 2016, it has been confirmed.

The book will cover Marr’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.

The currently untitled book will be published by Century in both hardback and e-book formats. It follows the release of Smiths frontman Morrissey’s biography in 2013.


Speaking about the book, Marr said: “For the past few years as I’ve been out on tour promoting my solo work fans and journalists have been asking me when I’ll write my book. I’m very happy to say that the time has come to tell my story.”

Century publishing director Ben Dunn promises a book that Marr followers have craved: “It’s the book Smiths fans have been waiting their whole lives and the early material that Johnny has written is utterly breathtaking. I’m delighted that Johnny has chosen Century to be his publisher.”

A paperback version of the book will be released the year after the hardback (2017).

Johnny Marr released his second solo album, ‘Playland’, last year. Speaking to NME at the time, Marr described how the album addressed the “tension, boredom and anxiety” in society and how it affects people.

In October the Smiths man was joined onstage by Noel Gallagher during his show at the O2 Brixton Academy. The pair then played a cover of Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust For Life’ before launching into The Smiths ‘How Soon Is Now?’ Marr appears on track ‘Ballad Of The Mighty I’ on Gallagher’s new album ‘Chasing Yesterday’.