Johnny Marr autobiography ‘Set The Boy Free’ gets release date

Story of Smiths' guitarist turned solo star will be out later this year

Johnny Marr‘s autobiography Set The Boy Free will be published on November 3, it has been confirmed.

News of Marr’s book were first disclosed last year and the finished product will be available in hardback, eBook and as an audiobook in time for Christmas.

Commenting on the title, Johnny Marr said: “I wanted to convey a feeling of breaking free, that has been a constant throughout my life. A feeling that expresses itself as both escape and discovery. Transcendence. I found it through rock ‘n’ roll and art and a journey living both in the modern world.”


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.

Set The Boy Free follows the release of Smiths frontman Morrissey’s biography in 2013.

Marr is currently on tour with composer Hans Zimmer. The pair have worked together on the soundtracks to a number of films, including Inception and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Their most recent collaboration can be heard on the Julianne Moore, Ellen Page gay rights-drama Freeheld.

Marr and Zimmer have already performed in London and Berlin with dates in Manchester, Dublin and Orange in France to follow next month.

London, SSE Arena Wembley (April 6-7)
Berlin, Mercedes Benz Arena (April 20)
Manchester, Manchester Arena (May 26)
Dublin, 3 Arena (May 29)
Orange, Theatre Antique d’Orange (June 5)


Marr released his debut solo live album, ‘Adrenalin Baby’, in October 2015.

The 17-track double album documents Marr’s live performances over the past three years. The majority of the live recordings are taken from Marr’s O2 Academy Brixton and Manchester Apollo shows in October 2014.

They were part of the ‘Johnny’s Playland’ tour, which supported 2013’s debut solo album ‘The Messenger’ and 2014 follow-up, ‘Playland’.