And to celebrate, next week's NME contains a free CD compiled by the great man himself...

Morrissey‘s MELTDOWN festival kicks off tonight (June 12) in LONDON with a performance from the MOZFATHER himself – and NME are celebrating with the release of an exclusive CD.

Next week’s issue of NME (June 16) will come with a one-off CD compiled by the legend from his own record collection, including tracks from Franz Ferdinand, Libertines, New York Dolls, Sparks and The Slits.

‘Songs To Save Your Life’ will also feature The Ordinary Boys, The Killers and Gene.

Morrissey is curating this year’s Meltdown festival which runs from June 11-27 at London’s South Bank Centre – the star will also play three concerts himself – opening the festival (June 11) and performing again on June 25-26.

As previously reported on NME.COM, we’ve launched a special Morrissey site. As well as exclusive up-to-the-minute news and reviews from the Meltdown festival – we also have an exclusive Morrissey gallery, classic Smiths reviews from the NME archive, and much, much more.

To visit the site click [url=]here.

This year’s full Meltdown line-up is:

Morrissey (Royal Festival Hall, June 11)

Sparks (Royal Festival Hall, 12)

Loudon Wainwright III (Queen Elizabeth Hall, 15)

The Films Of Bob Gruen (Queen Elizabeth Hall, 16)

An Audience With Alan Bennett (Queen Elizabeth Hall, 17)

Ennio Marchetto (Purcell Room, 17)

Morrissey (Royal Festival Hall, 16, 18)

Ennio Marchetto (Purcell Room, 18)

Jane Birkin / Ari Up (Royal Festival Hall, 19)

Ennio Marchetto (Purcell Room, 19)

Nancy Sinatra (Royal Festival Hall, 20)

Lypsinka! The Boxed Set (Queen Elizabeth Hall, 23-24)

An acoustic evening with Gene (Queen Elizabeth Hall, 25)

Morrissey (Royal Festival Hall, 25-26)

Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3 (Symphony Of Sorrowful Songs) featuring Yvonne Kenny (Royal Festival Hall, 27)

For tickets contact the Meltdown festival on 08703 808 300 or click [url=]here.