The Smiths FAQ

All That's Left to Know About the Most Important British Band of the 1980s

Series: FAQ
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Format: Softcover
Author: John D. Luerssen

Revered and massively influential, the Smiths have been called the most important band of the fertile U.K. 1980s music scene. While the group was only active for five years (1982 to 1987), the cult of the Manchester-reared foursome has ballooned in the three decades since its dissolution.

Despite a $75 million offer to reunite for a two month tour in 2007, Morrissey and Johnny Marr, the group's principals, refused, opting to leave their legend untainted. The Smiths have since influenced a who's who of alternative music, including Death Cab for Cutie, Radiohead, the Killers, Jeff Buckley, Pete Yorn, the Decemberists, and Oasis.

Featuring a foreword by guitarist and “Fifth Smith” who played with the band in 1986, The Smiths FAQ traces the band's history with clarity and detail, illuminating such questions as Who were the Nosebleeds? Why did Morrissey shun the Ramones? Who were the Paris Valentinos? What was Cult guitarist Billy Duffy's connection to the band? How was Morrissey injured during the group's U.S. debut performance? What Smiths single paid homage to T. Rex?. John D. Luerssen (author of FAQ series titles about U2, Bruce Springsteen, and Nirvana) gathers the indispensable early facts, the legendary stories, and inimitable anecdotes that make this a must-own tome for all fans.

$24.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00122448
ISBN: 9781480394490
UPC: 884088952686
Width: 6.0"
Length: 9.0"
310 pages

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“Revered and infuential, The Smiths have been called the most important band of the fertile U.K. '80s music scene. Luerssen, who has penned other FAQ books, illuminates questions such as, 'Who were the Nosebleeds? What was Cult guitarist Billy Duffy's connection to the band? What Smiths single paidhomage to T. Rex?' He gathers together the indispensable early facts, the legends and anecdotes.” – Music Connection

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