One of the seminal groups of the Eighties, The Smiths' career was as brilliant as it was brief. Now, drawing on interviews with band members, producers, and colleagues, music journalist Simon Goddard presents a meticulous chronological survey of the group's musical evolution, from their first demos in 1982 to their final fractured studio session five years later.
Investigating the stories behind the songs, and detailing every British TV and radio session, he also offers a unique analysis of each track's concert life. Granted unprecedented access to The Smiths' studio archives and to the private collection of outtakes and rehearsals retained by drummer Mike Joyce, the author lifts the lid on unreleased material as well as the lost songs and alternate versions that have remained closely guarded secrets until now.
“An exhaustive look at all things Morrissey...even the most diehard fan is bound to learn something new.” – USA Today’s Pop Candy
“If The Smiths did indeed craft the songs that saved your life, The Smiths: Songs That Saved Your Life will be the ideal literary companion to your music library.” – Blogcritics
“Goddard’s book is an invaluable resource for Smiths fans who’ve ever wondered where Morrissey’s wordplay came from.” – AV Club
“If you are a Smiths fan and you want to know every single thing about every song they ever wrote, this will become your new Smiths bible!” – Pop Cults