Johnny Marr reveals why he still hasn’t read Morrissey’s autobiography

'People think I'm bullshitting, but I really haven't'

Johnny Marr has revealed that he still hasn’t read the autobiography of fellow former Smith Morrissey – revealing that he ‘didn’t want to react to anything’ in writing his own book.

This week Marr releases his own autobiography, ‘Set The Boy Free’ – telling his life story and naturally the rise and demise of The Smiths. However, despite wanting to ‘straighten out’ other people’s agendas in stories about the band, the guitarist is yet to read Morrissey’s self-titled book.

When asked if he’d picked it up yet, Marr told NME: “No, I haven’t. Mainly because I don’t want to answer that question. People think I’m bullshitting, but I really haven’t.


“I’ll get round to it one day probably, but initially I didn’t to avoid everyone asking what I thought, and later it was because I didn’t want to react to anything while writing my book.”

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Morrissey and Marr

When asked he went about approaching writing about The Smiths era in ‘Set The Boy Free’, Marr replied: “What else to say than that it was amazing? Because it was. How could anyone imagine otherwise? We were young, we were in a great band and lots of amazing things were happening to us. That’s the truth. That’s been misrepresented by people with different agendas, and I wanted to straighten that out.”

Earlier this week, Marr spoke out to distance himself from Morrissey’s pro-Brexit and pro-Nigel Farage comments – rejecting his former bandmate’s political beliefs after he called Brexit ‘magnificent’ and Farage a ‘liberal educator’.

“I always forget about that,” he said. “That’s just stuff that I hear second hand. If it is the case that he’s pro-Farage, then there would be a slight drawback in that I think, as anyone can imagine.”