The publication of the official Morrissey biography has been pulled at the last minute following a “content dispute” between the singer and publisher Penguin.
Morrissey: Autobiography was due for release on Monday (September 16) but a statement on True To You today (September 13) confirmed that the book will no longer be available on that date and will not be published by Penguin. The statement, which you can see below, confirms that Morrissey is seeking a new publisher to print the book.
The statement reads: “Although Morrissey’s Autobiography was set to be available throughout the UK on September 16, a last-minute content disagreement between Penguin Books and Morrissey has caused the venture to collapse. No review copies were printed, and Morrissey is now in search of a new publisher.”
In 2011 a spokesperson for Penguin Books said Morrissey’s forthcoming autobiography was “a classic in the making”. The publisher has said it was keen to enter discussions with the former Smiths frontman, who announced he had finished the 600 page-plus tome that year.
During a 2011 interview with BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, Morrissey said he wanted the book to come out on the Penguin Classic series, despite the book franchise normally only ever being bestowed on already-established literary classics rather than new titles.
Over the past year Morrissey has postponed and cancelled a host of tour dates because of his mother’s and his own ill health. He recently revealed that he nearly died earlier this year due to medical problems.