• Set the Boy Free

  • By: Johnny Marr
  • Narrated by: Johnny Marr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 11-03-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.8 (10 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Johnny Marr was born in 1960s Manchester to Irish immigrant parents and knew from an early age that he would be a musician.
Forming his first band at 13, Marr spent his teenage years on the council estates of Wythenshawe playing guitar, devouring pop culture and inventing his own musical style. It wasn't until the early '80s, when Marr turned up on the doorstep of a singer named Steven Patrick Morrissey, that both a unique songwriting partnership and the group recognised as one of the most iconic bands of all time were formed.
In 1983 The Smiths released their first single, and within a year their eponymous debut album reached number two in the UK chart, paving the way for mainstream and critical success on their own terms. For Marr, tensions within the band and desire for a wider musical scope led to his departure from The Smiths in 1987, ensuring the end of one of the most influential British groups of a generation.
But this was just the beginning for Marr. From forming Electronic and The Healers to playing with Bryan Ferry, Talking Heads, Kirsty MacColl, Pet Shop Boys, Billy Bragg, Nile Rodgers and Bert Jansch to joining The Pretenders, Modest Mouse and The Cribs to recently collaborating with Hans Zimmer and receiving acclaim and worldwide success in his own right as a solo artist, Marr has never stopped. Here, for the first time, he tells his own side of the story. From roaming the streets of Manchester to constantly pushing musical boundaries as the most loved guitarist Britain has ever produced, Johnny Marr's memoir is the true history of music - told by one of its very own legends.
©2016 Johnny Marr (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks
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5 out of 5 stars
By Endre on 11-10-16

Absolutely Magnificent

What a great 'read' this is. A unique and magnifying tour inside Johnny Marrs life and mind guided by himself and in his own words and voice. It gives an honest and thorough insight to his professional life and career, and also a great perspective on his musical achievements that started with the Smiths and has stayed curios and vibrant ever since. A must read for music lovers!

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5 out of 5 stars
By C. Cameron on 11-04-16

exactly as you would expect from Johnny Marr...

Loved it. Straight talking storytelling from Johnny Marr, reminiscing about his time in all these great bands. Finally hearing his side of the Smiths story.

A man who has stuck to his principles his whole career and continues to deliver fresh music to this day.

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5 out of 5 stars
By JulianLa on 11-10-16

this guys a class act, Highly Recommended

brilliant deliverance from Johnny who actually put the time in to deliver his brilliant autobiography.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Britpop on 04-19-17

Inspiringly humble, better than Morrissey's bio

Enigmatic jaunt through an interesting life in music. Prior to this, I thought Damon Albarn was king of collaborations....yet, Johnny has immensely wide ranging projects and partnerships. Lovely to hear details on developing the creative process on iconic smiths songs. It gave a great insight into the humility and humanity of Johnny and his belief and pursuit of musical inspiration. It avoids the bile and hubris of Morrissey's rather disappointing autobiography. If you're deciding which account of The Smiths to commit to, go for this. Fabulous.

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4 out of 5 stars
By John on 01-31-17

Compulsory reading for any Manc

From the crofts to the clubs and the sounds of Manchester. a great read for anyone who grew up in that era. There is a light that never goes out

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