Morrissey’s ‘Autobiography’ published as “Classic” in Europe; still awaiting U.S. release

October 17, 2013
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Morrissey's new autobiography, simply titled Autobiography, has finally been released today in Europe and the singer's native U.K.

The 457-page book was nearly canceled last month, following a dispute between the former Smiths frontman and his publisher. The autobiography currently has no U.S. release date, though eager fans stateside can order through British sellers.

The book's release has already stirred some controversy, as it was published under Penguin's “Penguin Classics” banner, a brand usually reserved for older, more established works. The singer allegedly demanded the “Classic” treatment, and Penguin justified it by deeming Autobiography “a classic in the making.”

Morrissey is a notoriously private artist, and, as early press would indicate, has finally opened up about many personal aspects of his life in the new book. Notable topics include his rocky relationships with the media and music industry, the singer's sexuality, intimate details about his former band, thoughts on the British government, near death experiences, and more insight into his childhood.

Moz participated in one single book signing, today in Gothenburg, Sweden. No further signings are currently planned.

In addition to the autobiography, the singer also recently released a concert film, Morrissey 25: Live, which saw a limited theatrical run in August and is slated for release on DVD and Blu-ray on Oct. 22.

Following tours plagued by family issues, illness, lack of support, postponement, and cancellation throughout the past year, the Pope of Mope currently has no live performances scheduled.

Written by Philip Obenschain

APTV Nashville Correspondent Born and raised on a steady diet of punk rock and DIY culture in Staunton, Virginia, and now residing in Nashville, Tennessee, Philip Obenschain has spent time as a touring artist, artist manager, and show promoter, and is currently involved in television production and music tech, outside of journalism. In addition to his work at Alt Press and APTV, Philip is the assistant editor at No Country For New Nashville.