The Smiths - Johnny Marr And Bryan Ferry To Unite For First Full Gig

Former The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr is joining forces with rock legend Bryan Ferry to headline a U.K. music festival on Sunday (15Jul12).
Marr will take the stage at GuilFest in Surrey, England, for the whole of Ferry's set, which will feature tracks from both his solo career and the Roxy Music catalogue.
The musicians first met when Marr played on Ferry's 1987 release Bete Noire, and they recently reunited in the studio to work on the singer's new album, but the festival appearance will be their first full show together.
In a statement on his website, Ferry writes, "Johnny has previously performed with us on TV and at some smaller events but I am thrilled that he will be playing a full show with us for the very first time at GuilFest."


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Arcade Fire Cover The Smiths, Echo and the Bunnymen at Earl's Court Show 4236575 News

Arcade Fire treated fans to a cover of London by the Smiths and Echo and the Bunnymen's classic track The Cutter during their second show at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre in London on Sunday (June 8, 2014). 

Arcade FireArcade Fire covered The Smiths at Earl's Court

London, the B-side to 1987's Shoplifters of the World Unite, featured Will Butler on vocals and was a solid, hard-driving rendition of the Smiths favourite. The Cutter was less of a cover, given the band were joined on-stage by Echo frontman Ian McCulloch. 

It was a relatively star-studded night in London, with songstress of the moment Lorde supporting the Canadian outfit. The Royals singer is a noted fan of Arcade Fire and recently told Rolling Stone, "They've been my favorite band since a guy who was kind of mean and kind of my friend put The Suburbs on my computer one day after school. It was a superhot day; my hair was wet from the pool. I was 13. I still remember that day."

More: read our full review of Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor'

Arcade Fire continue their European tour in Landgraaf, Netherlands on Monday before  heading to Norway, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Japan. The group headline the Friday night at the Glastonbury Festival at the end of July before heading to North America at the end of July.

The band's fourth studio album Reflektor is out now. 

More: Andrew Garfield dons drag for Arcade Fire video

Arcade Fire treated fans to a cover of London by the Smiths and Echo and the Bunnymen's classic track The Cutter during their second show at Earl's Court Exhibition Centre in London on Sunday (June 8, 2014). 

Arcade FireArcade Fire covered The Smiths at Earl's Court

London, the B-side to 1987's Shoplifters of the World Unite, featured Will Butler on vocals and was a solid, hard-driving rendition of the Smiths favourite. The Cutter was less of a cover, given the band were joined on-stage by Echo frontman Ian McCulloch. 

It was a relatively star-studded night in London, with songstress of the moment Lorde supporting the Canadian outfit. The Royals singer is a noted fan of Arcade Fire and recently told Rolling Stone, "They've been my favorite band since a guy who was kind of mean and kind of my friend put The Suburbs on my computer one day after school. It was a superhot day; my hair was wet from the pool. I was 13. I still remember that day."

More: read our full review of Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor'

Arcade Fire continue their European tour in Landgraaf, Netherlands on Monday before  heading to Norway, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Ireland and Japan. The group headline the Friday night at the Glastonbury Festival at the end of July before heading to North America at the end of July.

The band's fourth studio album Reflektor is out now. 

More: Andrew Garfield dons drag for Arcade Fire video

9th June 2014 4235728
Morrissey Attacked On-Stage, Knocked To The Ground in San Jose 4185323 News

Morrissey was attacked by a fan in the middle of his song in San Jose on Wednesday night (May 7, 2014). The former Smiths man was performing 'One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell' from Years of Refusal when a group of fans broke through security to hug the singer, according to TMZ.com.

MorrisseyMorrissey Performing In Manchester

Initially, the singer seemed amused and was seen chuckling at the situation, however, one fan went too far and smashed into Morrissey, knocking him to the ground.

Security rushed in and the band immediately stopped playing. It's currently unclear whether Morrissey was injured or whether the fan was arrested.

More: Morrissey to be supported by Sir Tom Jones and Sir Cliff Richard

In other Morrissey news, a movie biopic by the Oscar nominated team behind short The Voorman Problem is currently in development. According to a statement on the Manchester-based production company's website, the movie will aim to tell the story of the singer's early life prior to his songwriting partnership with Johnny Marr and the rest of The Smiths.

"The film covers Morrissey's life pre-Smiths and is more of a portrait than a conventional biopic," director Mark Gill said, "It's as much a film for non-Morrissey fans as it is for die-hard devotees, but I can't deny that this is a love letter to Steven Patrick Morrissey and the dark satanic mills of Manchester."

It's currently unclear whether Morrissey has endorsed the movie, which is written by Mark Gill and William Thacker. Producer Orian Williams and casting director Shaheen Baig both worked on the Ian Curtis biopic Control

More: Morrissey brands Prince William "thick"

Morrissey was attacked by a fan in the middle of his song in San Jose on Wednesday night (May 7, 2014). The former Smiths man was performing 'One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell' from Years of Refusal when a group of fans broke through security to hug the singer, according to TMZ.com.

MorrisseyMorrissey Performing In Manchester

Initially, the singer seemed amused and was seen chuckling at the situation, however, one fan went too far and smashed into Morrissey, knocking him to the ground.

Security rushed in and the band immediately stopped playing. It's currently unclear whether Morrissey was injured or whether the fan was arrested.

More: Morrissey to be supported by Sir Tom Jones and Sir Cliff Richard

In other Morrissey news, a movie biopic by the Oscar nominated team behind short The Voorman Problem is currently in development. According to a statement on the Manchester-based production company's website, the movie will aim to tell the story of the singer's early life prior to his songwriting partnership with Johnny Marr and the rest of The Smiths.

"The film covers Morrissey's life pre-Smiths and is more of a portrait than a conventional biopic," director Mark Gill said, "It's as much a film for non-Morrissey fans as it is for die-hard devotees, but I can't deny that this is a love letter to Steven Patrick Morrissey and the dark satanic mills of Manchester."

It's currently unclear whether Morrissey has endorsed the movie, which is written by Mark Gill and William Thacker. Producer Orian Williams and casting director Shaheen Baig both worked on the Ian Curtis biopic Control

More: Morrissey brands Prince William "thick"

8th May 2014 4177458
Morrissey Compares Eating Meat to Pedophilia, Nazism 4013065 News

Morrissey likes to make a statement, but he especially likes to speak his mind when it may be for a good cause. The Smiths singer is an outspoken animal rights activist, and his latest comments have him comparing eating meat to molesting children.

MorrisseyMorrissey signing copies of his new autobiographical book

"I see no difference between eating animals and pedophilia. They are both rape, violence, murder," he said in response to a fan question on website True To You (via the Huffington Post).

And in true Morrissey style, he kept going with his comparisons. At one point he compared the killing of animals to the Holocaust.

"If you believe in the abattoir then you would support Auschwitz," he added.

Not only does Morrissey truly believe in the vegan lifestyle he lives, but he is trying to convert others to his beliefs. He encouraged his fans to watch a video called "The Video the Meat Industry Doesn't Want You To See" and said if that didn't make you stop eating meat, then you're "probably granite."

MorrisseyMorrissey performing in London

But in case Morrissey hadn't yet told us how he really feels, he just kept going.

"I would like to ask meat-eaters why they believe that animals should not have any rights to live their own lives, whilst humans fiercely demand a god-given right to live as they wish simply by reason of their birth alone."

In the past, the singer has worked extensively with PETA and even wrote a song for The Smiths called "Meat Is Murder." He has been meat-free more than 20 years.

Morrissey likes to make a statement, but he especially likes to speak his mind when it may be for a good cause. The Smiths singer is an outspoken animal rights activist, and his latest comments have him comparing eating meat to molesting children.

MorrisseyMorrissey signing copies of his new autobiographical book

"I see no difference between eating animals and pedophilia. They are both rape, violence, murder," he said in response to a fan question on website True To You (via the Huffington Post).

And in true Morrissey style, he kept going with his comparisons. At one point he compared the killing of animals to the Holocaust.

"If you believe in the abattoir then you would support Auschwitz," he added.

Not only does Morrissey truly believe in the vegan lifestyle he lives, but he is trying to convert others to his beliefs. He encouraged his fans to watch a video called "The Video the Meat Industry Doesn't Want You To See" and said if that didn't make you stop eating meat, then you're "probably granite."

MorrisseyMorrissey performing in London

But in case Morrissey hadn't yet told us how he really feels, he just kept going.

"I would like to ask meat-eaters why they believe that animals should not have any rights to live their own lives, whilst humans fiercely demand a god-given right to live as they wish simply by reason of their birth alone."

In the past, the singer has worked extensively with PETA and even wrote a song for The Smiths called "Meat Is Murder." He has been meat-free more than 20 years.

8th January 2014 3993334
NME Pick The Smiths' 'The Queen Is Dead' as Greatest Album Of All Time: Surprised? 3920821 News

One cold and windy night in August, a band of cloaked NME staffers gathered around the office's Morrissey shrine and asked The Great One what more they could do to worship his glorious name in their eternal plight of penance. A slightly bored-sounding voice answered back "Did you dispose of Elton?"

Morrissey
Morrissey Sticks The Knife In In 'Autobiography.'

"Yes, my Lord," the exultant congregation chimed in unison as the Editor kicked a large, lumpy black sack on the floor. "Then let it be known that The Queen Is Dead is the greatest phonographic recording in the world. Let there not be a single indie-inclined youngster spawned today who is not tearfully grateful for what We have gifted their ears and relationships."

"Yes my Lord," chanted the hoard, holding up iPads displaying lit candles aflame in burning vigil for their years of sin against Mozza.

Morrissey Book Signing
Morrissey At A Book Signing.

As Morrissey's memoir becomes one of the fastest-selling rock biopgraphies of all time, NME, that corner-post of British music reporting, has issued a proclamation that The Smiths' 1986 LP The Queen Is Dead is the greatest album of all time. The record beat the likes of David Bowie, The Stone Roses, Bob Dylan and The Beatles for the No.1 spot with a pointless points system used to rank each of the 50 considered albums.

Upon its release, The Queen Is Dead only peaked at No.2 in the charts. The infamously cantankerous singer has had an on/off relationship with the long-running publication, after 1992 saw the magazine suggest the singer was a fascist after he draped himself in the Union Flag during a Finsbury Park gig.

Morrissey Roses
Roses Were Laid Out To Appease The Great One.

In Morrissey's memoir, Autobiography, he spits and hisses at the memory, evidently still raw: "no thought whatsoever of me in the burning wreckage of it all [...] They milk and foster their racist allegations - full of high moral code and judicial thuggery."

The accusation of racism reared its head fifteen years later under the editorship of Conor McNicolas after an interview. Morrissey described the words written as "the most offensively malodorous attack [...] the editor gives the story teeth by switching the wording of my replies, and by inventing questions that were never asked.

Morrissey Singing
Morrissey's Autobiography Is Out Now.

The 54 year-old singer also recalls his grating suspicion that NME was out to get him in the 90s, having written that former editor Danny Kelly "allegedly called a staff meeting at which he has passed the command that his staff writers must now 'get Morrissey' [...] the plan was underway to dislodge me as an NME staple."

The NME simply must be seeking absolution. Hopefully, the album will now be remembered as much of a classic as his book.

One cold and windy night in August, a band of cloaked NME staffers gathered around the office's Morrissey shrine and asked The Great One what more they could do to worship his glorious name in their eternal plight of penance. A slightly bored-sounding voice answered back "Did you dispose of Elton?"

Morrissey
Morrissey Sticks The Knife In In 'Autobiography.'

"Yes, my Lord," the exultant congregation chimed in unison as the Editor kicked a large, lumpy black sack on the floor. "Then let it be known that The Queen Is Dead is the greatest phonographic recording in the world. Let there not be a single indie-inclined youngster spawned today who is not tearfully grateful for what We have gifted their ears and relationships."

"Yes my Lord," chanted the hoard, holding up iPads displaying lit candles aflame in burning vigil for their years of sin against Mozza.

Morrissey Book Signing
Morrissey At A Book Signing.

As Morrissey's memoir becomes one of the fastest-selling rock biopgraphies of all time, NME, that corner-post of British music reporting, has issued a proclamation that The Smiths' 1986 LP The Queen Is Dead is the greatest album of all time. The record beat the likes of David Bowie, The Stone Roses, Bob Dylan and The Beatles for the No.1 spot with a pointless points system used to rank each of the 50 considered albums.

Upon its release, The Queen Is Dead only peaked at No.2 in the charts. The infamously cantankerous singer has had an on/off relationship with the long-running publication, after 1992 saw the magazine suggest the singer was a fascist after he draped himself in the Union Flag during a Finsbury Park gig.

Morrissey Roses
Roses Were Laid Out To Appease The Great One.

In Morrissey's memoir, Autobiography, he spits and hisses at the memory, evidently still raw: "no thought whatsoever of me in the burning wreckage of it all [...] They milk and foster their racist allegations - full of high moral code and judicial thuggery."

The accusation of racism reared its head fifteen years later under the editorship of Conor McNicolas after an interview. Morrissey described the words written as "the most offensively malodorous attack [...] the editor gives the story teeth by switching the wording of my replies, and by inventing questions that were never asked.

Morrissey Singing
Morrissey's Autobiography Is Out Now.

The 54 year-old singer also recalls his grating suspicion that NME was out to get him in the 90s, having written that former editor Danny Kelly "allegedly called a staff meeting at which he has passed the command that his staff writers must now 'get Morrissey' [...] the plan was underway to dislodge me as an NME staple."

The NME simply must be seeking absolution. Hopefully, the album will now be remembered as much of a classic as his book.

24th October 2013 3910492
Bigmouth Strikes Again: Morrissey To Publish Memoirs as 'Penguin Classic' 3891923 News

Morrissey appears to have ended his dispute with publisher Penguin and will finally release his memoir, titled Autobiography, as part of the Penguin Classics range on October 17, 2013.

According to a statement from the publisher, the book will come out in the UK, Europe and the British Commonwealth, though there are no plans to release Autobiography in the US or any other territory. 

This could have been the stumbling block that resulted in an initial delay in publication, with the fan-site True To You claiming that "a last-minute content disagreement . caused the [Penguin] venture to collapse," however it most likely hinged on Morrissey's desire for the book to be published as a classic.

Morrissey has spent years working on the tome, which was 660 pages as a first draft. "I'd like it to go to Penguin, but only if they published it as a Classic," he told Radio 4's Front Row at the time. "I can't see why not - a contemporary Penguin Classic. When you consider what really hits print these days, and when you look at the autobiographies and how they are sold, most of it is appalling. It's a publishing event, not a literary event."

It seems Morrissey got his wish and the book will be released as a classic, a range of books usually reserved for long-beloved writers - often dead ones. They include Herman Meville's Moby Dick, Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist and Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.

Jon Howells, a representative for Waterstones, predicted the memoir will be a big hit over the Christmas period, "He's a contrary, controversial character, and his is arguably the most interesting untold story yet to emerge from the 80s generation of British music heroes," he told the Guardian, "The announcement may have not been as smooth as the publisher would have hoped, but ultimately fans just want to read it, and we expect Autobiography to be one of this Christmas's top sellers at Waterstones."

Penguin justified its decision to publish Autobiography in its iconic series because "it is a classic in the making."

The publisher also revealed the book's cover, a photographer used for Morrissey's 2008 Greatest Hits. It also includes the quote, "Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that Morrissey has reached in his lifetime."

The book is hugely anticipated by fans of the legendary singer, particularly for its likely sections on Johnny Marr, with whom Morrissey has had an uneasy relationship since The Smiths. Johnny Rogan's book Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance told a version of the story, though Morrissey initially denounced it, saying, "Personally I hope Johnny Rogan ends his days very soon in an M3 pile-up."

It's been a year of setback for the singer, who suffered a series of "medical mishaps" which led to him cancelling his US tour earlier this year. He was also forced to cancel part of his South American tour in July due to a "lack of funding."

"In a year when far too many disappointments have been buried, this really is the last of many final straws," Morrissey explained on the blog True to You. "I am informed today that the projected tour of South America is snuffed out ... It's quite easy to sell tickets, yet [apparently] impossible to transport band and crew from F to G."

MorrisseyMorrissey Performing At The Hop Farm Festival In 2011

Morrissey
Morrissey Will Release His Autobiography This Year

Morrissey appears to have ended his dispute with publisher Penguin and will finally release his memoir, titled Autobiography, as part of the Penguin Classics range on October 17, 2013.

According to a statement from the publisher, the book will come out in the UK, Europe and the British Commonwealth, though there are no plans to release Autobiography in the US or any other territory. 

This could have been the stumbling block that resulted in an initial delay in publication, with the fan-site True To You claiming that "a last-minute content disagreement . caused the [Penguin] venture to collapse," however it most likely hinged on Morrissey's desire for the book to be published as a classic.

Morrissey has spent years working on the tome, which was 660 pages as a first draft. "I'd like it to go to Penguin, but only if they published it as a Classic," he told Radio 4's Front Row at the time. "I can't see why not - a contemporary Penguin Classic. When you consider what really hits print these days, and when you look at the autobiographies and how they are sold, most of it is appalling. It's a publishing event, not a literary event."

It seems Morrissey got his wish and the book will be released as a classic, a range of books usually reserved for long-beloved writers - often dead ones. They include Herman Meville's Moby Dick, Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist and Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.

Jon Howells, a representative for Waterstones, predicted the memoir will be a big hit over the Christmas period, "He's a contrary, controversial character, and his is arguably the most interesting untold story yet to emerge from the 80s generation of British music heroes," he told the Guardian, "The announcement may have not been as smooth as the publisher would have hoped, but ultimately fans just want to read it, and we expect Autobiography to be one of this Christmas's top sellers at Waterstones."

Penguin justified its decision to publish Autobiography in its iconic series because "it is a classic in the making."

The publisher also revealed the book's cover, a photographer used for Morrissey's 2008 Greatest Hits. It also includes the quote, "Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that Morrissey has reached in his lifetime."

The book is hugely anticipated by fans of the legendary singer, particularly for its likely sections on Johnny Marr, with whom Morrissey has had an uneasy relationship since The Smiths. Johnny Rogan's book Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance told a version of the story, though Morrissey initially denounced it, saying, "Personally I hope Johnny Rogan ends his days very soon in an M3 pile-up."

It's been a year of setback for the singer, who suffered a series of "medical mishaps" which led to him cancelling his US tour earlier this year. He was also forced to cancel part of his South American tour in July due to a "lack of funding."

"In a year when far too many disappointments have been buried, this really is the last of many final straws," Morrissey explained on the blog True to You. "I am informed today that the projected tour of South America is snuffed out ... It's quite easy to sell tickets, yet [apparently] impossible to transport band and crew from F to G."

MorrisseyMorrissey Performing At The Hop Farm Festival In 2011

Morrissey
Morrissey Will Release His Autobiography This Year

4th October 2013 3213832
Morrissey Pulls Out Of Book Deal Three Days Before Publication, Says Semi-Official Fan Site 3866083 News

Morrissey is either as miserable now as he ever has been, or his fan site True-To-You is stirring up rumours that will probably do more harm than good to the former Smiths singer. According to the online fanzine, Morrissey's auto-biography was due to hit shelves on 16 September, but "a last-minute content disagreement" with him and Penguin Books "caused the venture to collapse."

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Morrissey's book deal with Penguin, which may not have even existed, fell through at the last minute

With the due publication date set for Monday, 16 September, this "last minute" disagreement must have been brewing for some time as the book has yet to make it's way on any booksellers schedules, which usually give wind of an impending publication a few weeks before it is due out. According to the fanzine, Penguin never printed any review copies off and Morrissey is now searching for a new publisher to put his story out there. Penguin have so far refused to comment on whether the book was due to be released, or even confirm whether they had a prior arrangement with the singer.

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Neither Morrissey nor Penguin Books have commented on the ongoing saga

The ongoing saga with his autobiography, which is due to be titled simply Autobiography, has been around for at least two years already. In 2011 it was reported that Morrissey has completed writing his memoirs and began scrupulously looking for a publisher. He later revealed that Penguin was his first choice, admitting that he would like to see his book eventually become a Penguin Classic.

No word from Morrissey over the supposedly collapsed deal yet, or when we might actually see his story reach daylight. We'll keep you up to date with the Mozography drama as it unfolds.

Morrissey
Hopefully we'll see Autobiography at some point

Morrissey is either as miserable now as he ever has been, or his fan site True-To-You is stirring up rumours that will probably do more harm than good to the former Smiths singer. According to the online fanzine, Morrissey's auto-biography was due to hit shelves on 16 September, but "a last-minute content disagreement" with him and Penguin Books "caused the venture to collapse."

Morrissey Live
Morrissey's book deal with Penguin, which may not have even existed, fell through at the last minute

With the due publication date set for Monday, 16 September, this "last minute" disagreement must have been brewing for some time as the book has yet to make it's way on any booksellers schedules, which usually give wind of an impending publication a few weeks before it is due out. According to the fanzine, Penguin never printed any review copies off and Morrissey is now searching for a new publisher to put his story out there. Penguin have so far refused to comment on whether the book was due to be released, or even confirm whether they had a prior arrangement with the singer.

Morrissey MEN
Neither Morrissey nor Penguin Books have commented on the ongoing saga

The ongoing saga with his autobiography, which is due to be titled simply Autobiography, has been around for at least two years already. In 2011 it was reported that Morrissey has completed writing his memoirs and began scrupulously looking for a publisher. He later revealed that Penguin was his first choice, admitting that he would like to see his book eventually become a Penguin Classic.

No word from Morrissey over the supposedly collapsed deal yet, or when we might actually see his story reach daylight. We'll keep you up to date with the Mozography drama as it unfolds.

Morrissey
Hopefully we'll see Autobiography at some point

14th September 2013 3852499
Thom Yorke Pleads "Don't Make Us The Target" After Spotify Backlash 3764777 News

Thom Yorke appears to have responded to producer Stephen Street's criticism over his yanking of tracks from Spotify, claiming he gave away Radiohead's album In Rainbows as a "statement of trust."

Earlier this week, Yorke and Nigel Godrich delivered a scathing critique of the streaming service's business model before making both his solo and Atoms for Peace tracks unavailable.

"The reason is that new artists get paid f*ck all with this model.. It's an equation that just doesn't work," said Godrich in one of several messages re-tweeted by Yorke. 

The stance caught the attention of Blur and The Smiths producer Stephen Street, who tweeted, "bit rich coming from Thom Yorker that Spotify doesn't work for new artists. It's exactly what I said when Radiohead...made their album available for free/ pay what you want a few years back. Suits superstars with 10 years of EMI investment behind them...It didn't help new upcoming artists at all. Gave the wrong message that music had no value.It's bitten you on the arse Thom!"

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" align=center><p>for me In Rainbows was a statement of trust .people still value new music ..that&#39;s all we&#39;d like from Spotify. don&#39;t make us the target.</p>&mdash; Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) <a href="https://twitter.com/thomyorke/statuses/356710964667744256" rel=nofollow>July 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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At the time of asking fans to pay what they wanted for In Rainbows, Radiohead were both heralded as innovators and criticised for not helping the music industry with a record that would have outsold most records that year. 

Twitter is currently buzzing with debate over the pros and cons of Spotify. The Guardian's music critic Dorian Lynskey mused, "To clarify: I'm not anti-Spotify - I love using it - but it's disingenuous to pretend streaming 100% of your music doesn't hurt musicians."

Thom YorkeThom Yorke Performing With Radiohead at Manchester Arena

Thom Yorke
Thom Yorke Has Faced Opposition From Producer Stephen Street

Thom Yorke appears to have responded to producer Stephen Street's criticism over his yanking of tracks from Spotify, claiming he gave away Radiohead's album In Rainbows as a "statement of trust."

Earlier this week, Yorke and Nigel Godrich delivered a scathing critique of the streaming service's business model before making both his solo and Atoms for Peace tracks unavailable.

"The reason is that new artists get paid f*ck all with this model.. It's an equation that just doesn't work," said Godrich in one of several messages re-tweeted by Yorke. 

The stance caught the attention of Blur and The Smiths producer Stephen Street, who tweeted, "bit rich coming from Thom Yorker that Spotify doesn't work for new artists. It's exactly what I said when Radiohead...made their album available for free/ pay what you want a few years back. Suits superstars with 10 years of EMI investment behind them...It didn't help new upcoming artists at all. Gave the wrong message that music had no value.It's bitten you on the arse Thom!"

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" align=center><p>for me In Rainbows was a statement of trust .people still value new music ..that&#39;s all we&#39;d like from Spotify. don&#39;t make us the target.</p>&mdash; Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) <a href="https://twitter.com/thomyorke/statuses/356710964667744256" rel=nofollow>July 15, 2013</a></blockquote>

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At the time of asking fans to pay what they wanted for In Rainbows, Radiohead were both heralded as innovators and criticised for not helping the music industry with a record that would have outsold most records that year. 

Twitter is currently buzzing with debate over the pros and cons of Spotify. The Guardian's music critic Dorian Lynskey mused, "To clarify: I'm not anti-Spotify - I love using it - but it's disingenuous to pretend streaming 100% of your music doesn't hurt musicians."

Thom YorkeThom Yorke Performing With Radiohead at Manchester Arena

Thom Yorke
Thom Yorke Has Faced Opposition From Producer Stephen Street

16th July 2013 3315698
Still Brill! NME God Like Genius Award For The Smiths Johnny Marr 3500302 News

Good news for former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr! He’s a God-like genius! That must be reassuring to know.

The axe-wielder, who also has an exhaustive list of other bands and collaborations, including working with The Cribs, Modest Mouse, Nile Rodgers from Chic, The Pretenders and New Order’s Bernard Sumner, among others, has won the NME God Like Genius award for 2013. The gong is basically a life achievement sort of thing, recognising the talent of an artist over many years of work.

"The NME seems to be good at giving this award to people I like so I'm in good company. I guess it means that some things are alright with the world," Marr said in a statement. He’s in good company indeed; The Clash, Paul Weller, The Cure, Manic Street Preachers, New Order & Joy Division and Dave Grohl have all won the award in the past. Last year’s winner was Noel Gallagher. NME editor Mike Williams said that it was Marr’s continuing evolution that had led to the award. "He's continued to push boundaries and evolve throughout his career, working with some of the best and most exciting artists on the planet," said Williams, reports Reuters. Of the other awards, Haim, Tame Impala, M.I.A and The Rolling Stones are all up for four categories each.

Johnny Marr at Guilfest

Johnny Marr: Godlike genius

Good news for former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr! He’s a God-like genius! That must be reassuring to know.

The axe-wielder, who also has an exhaustive list of other bands and collaborations, including working with The Cribs, Modest Mouse, Nile Rodgers from Chic, The Pretenders and New Order’s Bernard Sumner, among others, has won the NME God Like Genius award for 2013. The gong is basically a life achievement sort of thing, recognising the talent of an artist over many years of work.

"The NME seems to be good at giving this award to people I like so I'm in good company. I guess it means that some things are alright with the world," Marr said in a statement. He’s in good company indeed; The Clash, Paul Weller, The Cure, Manic Street Preachers, New Order & Joy Division and Dave Grohl have all won the award in the past. Last year’s winner was Noel Gallagher. NME editor Mike Williams said that it was Marr’s continuing evolution that had led to the award. "He's continued to push boundaries and evolve throughout his career, working with some of the best and most exciting artists on the planet," said Williams, reports Reuters. Of the other awards, Haim, Tame Impala, M.I.A and The Rolling Stones are all up for four categories each.

Johnny Marr at Guilfest

Johnny Marr: Godlike genius

12th February 2013 3338683
NME Awards Johnny Marr 'Godlike Genius' Title, 2013 3498472 News

Johnny Marr will be crowned Godlike Genius of the Year at this year’s NME Awards. Marr, whose distinctive guitar licks were combined with Morrissey’s song-writing skills to make The Smiths the legendary band that they are, has also played in Modest Mouse and – more recently, joined the three Wakefield brothers The Cribs.

The NME Awards will be held at The Troxy in East London, on Wednesday February 27, 2013, where Marr will collect his gong. Marr’s about to release his debut solo album The Messenger and speaking about the award, said “It is a very nice thing to be getting this award and I am honoured. The NME seems to be good at giving this award to people I like so I’m in good company. I guess it means that some things are alright with the world.” His previous band mate Morrissey won’t be expecting any such honour any time soon; he has fallen out with the magazine on a number of occasions, most recently when they printed an article that he felt had branded him a racist.

The magazine’s editor, Mike Williams, said “All hail Johnny Marr, NME Godlike Genius 2013 and the newest recruit into NME’s holy order of music legends. And what a legend he is! Not content with rewriting the history of music with one of the world’s greatest ever bands, The Smiths, he’s continued to push boundaries and evolve throughout his career, working with some of the best and most exciting artists on the planet.” Johnny follows in the footsteps of 2012’s Godlike Genius, Noel Gallagher, which just goes to show, there’s no justice in the world. Or no huge commitment to chronology, perhaps. 

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr will be crowned this year's Godlike Genius by NME

Johnny Marr will be crowned Godlike Genius of the Year at this year’s NME Awards. Marr, whose distinctive guitar licks were combined with Morrissey’s song-writing skills to make The Smiths the legendary band that they are, has also played in Modest Mouse and – more recently, joined the three Wakefield brothers The Cribs.

The NME Awards will be held at The Troxy in East London, on Wednesday February 27, 2013, where Marr will collect his gong. Marr’s about to release his debut solo album The Messenger and speaking about the award, said “It is a very nice thing to be getting this award and I am honoured. The NME seems to be good at giving this award to people I like so I’m in good company. I guess it means that some things are alright with the world.” His previous band mate Morrissey won’t be expecting any such honour any time soon; he has fallen out with the magazine on a number of occasions, most recently when they printed an article that he felt had branded him a racist.

The magazine’s editor, Mike Williams, said “All hail Johnny Marr, NME Godlike Genius 2013 and the newest recruit into NME’s holy order of music legends. And what a legend he is! Not content with rewriting the history of music with one of the world’s greatest ever bands, The Smiths, he’s continued to push boundaries and evolve throughout his career, working with some of the best and most exciting artists on the planet.” Johnny follows in the footsteps of 2012’s Godlike Genius, Noel Gallagher, which just goes to show, there’s no justice in the world. Or no huge commitment to chronology, perhaps. 

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr will be crowned this year's Godlike Genius by NME

11th February 2013 3338683
Morrissey's Bleeding Ulcer Forces Him to Cancel 6 Shows 3473377 News

Morrissey, ex-frontman of '80s band The Smiths, has been diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer and may need surgery. His ill-health renders him unable to continue with his US tour currently, but is expected to return to the stage in February.

As NME reported on Sunday (27th Jan) Morrissey was suspected to have a bladder infection. However as more tests have been done having been admitted to the Beaumont hospital, in Detroit, it has become apparent that the singer in fact has a bleeding ulcer. As his representative, Lauren Papapietro, said in a statement, reported by SkyNews, he's expected to be well again in time to make his February 9th show in Las Vegas. "Morrissey is expected to make a full recovery and thanks everyone concerned for their support during this time." She said, "Morrissey apologises greatly for any and all inconvenience and looks forward to continuing his US tour."

His US tour had already been postponed after he rapidly returned to England to care for his mother, last October. The cities that shows have been cancelled: Asheville, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; Lawrence, Kansas; Clear Lake, Iowa; and Lincoln, Nebraska. It is expected that Morrissey will simply postpone these dates rather than cancelling them entirely. 

Morrissey, ex-frontman of '80s band The Smiths, has been diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer and may need surgery. His ill-health renders him unable to continue with his US tour currently, but is expected to return to the stage in February.

As NME reported on Sunday (27th Jan) Morrissey was suspected to have a bladder infection. However as more tests have been done having been admitted to the Beaumont hospital, in Detroit, it has become apparent that the singer in fact has a bleeding ulcer. As his representative, Lauren Papapietro, said in a statement, reported by SkyNews, he's expected to be well again in time to make his February 9th show in Las Vegas. "Morrissey is expected to make a full recovery and thanks everyone concerned for their support during this time." She said, "Morrissey apologises greatly for any and all inconvenience and looks forward to continuing his US tour."

His US tour had already been postponed after he rapidly returned to England to care for his mother, last October. The cities that shows have been cancelled: Asheville, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; Lawrence, Kansas; Clear Lake, Iowa; and Lincoln, Nebraska. It is expected that Morrissey will simply postpone these dates rather than cancelling them entirely. 

29th January 2013 3439096
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