Set the Boy Free

Set the Boy Free

Johnny Marr / Jan 26, 2020

Set the Boy Free The long awaited memoir from the legendary guitarist and cofounder of the seminal British band The Smiths An artist who helped define a period in popular culture Johnny Marr tells his story in a memo

  • Title: Set the Boy Free
  • Author: Johnny Marr
  • ISBN: 9780062438720
  • Page: 376
  • Format: ebook
  • The long awaited memoir from the legendary guitarist and cofounder of the seminal British band The Smiths.An artist who helped define a period in popular culture, Johnny Marr tells his story in a memoir as vivid and arresting as his music The Smiths, the band with the signature sound he cofounded, remains one of the most beloved bands ever, and have a profound influence oThe long awaited memoir from the legendary guitarist and cofounder of the seminal British band The Smiths.An artist who helped define a period in popular culture, Johnny Marr tells his story in a memoir as vivid and arresting as his music The Smiths, the band with the signature sound he cofounded, remains one of the most beloved bands ever, and have a profound influence on a number of acts that followed from the Stone Roses, Suede, Blur, and Radiohead to Oasis, The Libertines, and Arctic Monkeys.Marr recalls his childhood growing up in the northern working class city of Manchester, in a house filled with music He takes us back to the summer of 1982 when, at eighteen, he sought out one Stephen Morrissey to form a new band they called The Smiths Marr invites fans on stage, on the road, and in the studio for the five years The Smiths were together and how after a rapid ascent, the working class teenage rock star enjoyed and battled with the perks of success until ideological differences, combined with his much publicized strained relationships with fellow band mates, caused him to leave in 1987 Marr s escape as he calls it, ensured the beginning of the end for one of the most influential groups of a generation But The Smiths end was only the beginning for Marr The bona fide guitar hero continues to experiment and evolve in his solo career to this day, playing with Paul McCartney, Pretenders, Modest Mouse, Oasis and collaborating today s most creative and renowned artists Rising above and beyond the personal struggles and bitter feuds, Marr delivers the story of his music and his band, sharing the real insights of a man who has made music his life, and finally giving fans what they ve truly been waiting for.

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      • Johnny Marr

        Johnny Marr born John Martin Maher on 31 October 1963 in Ardwick, Manchester is an English guitarist, keyboardist, harmonica player, and singer Marr rose to fame in the 1980s as the guitarist in The Smiths, where he formed an influential songwriting partnership with Morrissey He currently lives in Portland, Oregon, and has been a member of Modest Mouse since 2006 In 2008, he joined The Cribs after touring with them on 2008 s NME Awards Tour Marr is widely regarded as being amongst the most skilled and influential rock guitarists of the 1980s.


    1. Well, let's just say Johnny Marr is very diplomatic. I feel like he could have shown way more anger than he did in this. Some things I learned from Johnny:1. Sometimes you meet your one true love as a teenager and it works out for life. 2. The Smiths really just needed a good manager. 3. Liam Gallagher only became famous because he had a good haircut. 4. Sometimes the personal is political. 5. Music gives life meaning.6. Drugs are bad.7. Running is good.I created a Spotify playlist as I read thi [...]

    2. Johnny Marr's Set the Boy Free is a nice counterpoint to Morrissey's excellent, dense Autobiography. Marr's narrative takes the form of a young, gregarious chancer who, at a very young age, decided that being a rock and roll star was his life's ambition. Marr is obsessed with the idea of being "cool" - he seemingly remembers every item of clothing he was wearing at each significant point in his life, and relishes the stories of hanging out with the rock establishment. We get meetings with Keef, [...]

    3. Johnny Marr, man – I had no idea he was such a dynamo! He’s like the Michael J. Fox of UK indie. I mean, don’t get me wrong: well do I realise I’ve just uttered a sacrilege, and though I dug the Smiths in my high school years I’d be the first to admit I’ve grown out of them, but I’ve always had time for Johnny Marr. Probably more than anyone (except maybe his own hero Keith Richards), Marr changed the notion of what it meant to be a “guitar hero”; while never bludgeoning us wit [...]

    4. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Johnny Marr is exactly who I thought he was; a genius guitar player and true blue music fan himself. He distills his life story into practical recitations that are informative and enjoyable. He does not apologize for any drug use nor celebrate it like so many other musicians in their autobios. Instead, he gives a real experienced summation: "I learned a lot about the effects of cocaine which makes you think you're really having fun while it sucks all of the love o [...]

    5. Well, I think I've said this before but I'll say it again. Biographies (or autobiographies in this case) are starting to be my very best brain candy. And it can be about anybody with a story to tell. I consistently rate this genre five stars. People fascinate me.So Johnny Marr. If you aren't aware of who he is (and in my circles I'm thinking that is going to be a high number) he's the lead guitar player and co-originator of the 80's British New Wave group The Smiths. Their lead vocalist Morrisse [...]

    6. Johnny Marr is the man of my dreams. He encapsulates and manifests one my deepest beliefs that visualization, working hard and dedication is "the magic" in reaching your goals (and beyond in his case). Without a doubt Marr is one of Rock's innovative guitar legends and it's magnificent to read how he set out to be exactly that, and he does it with soul and depth. His insights and memories into crafting the Smiths to reflect his original style are a must read for any musician or lover of music. E [...]

    7. There were times when I was reading 'Set the boy free' that I thought my heart was going to explode with nostalgia and love. I think that I'd forgotten just how much The Smiths meant to me. I particularly loved Marr's account of going to Morrissey's house for the first time, knocking on his door and asking him to be in his band. The descriptions of Morrissey and Marr writing songs together were truly magical. Marr's writing style is plain and unadorned but it doesn't matter because he has such a [...]

    8. Niente male per un ragazzino con la chitarraEh.Vedi alla voce: come aver fatto già tutto a 22 anni e uscirne vivo. E anzi arrivare a 55 in forma smagliante. Se quando sentite nominare gli Smiths vi si scioglie un poco il cuoricino questo libro è abbastanza imperdibile. No, abbondo: l’autobiografia di quel mostro sacro di Johnny Marr è imperdibile a priori. E’ una scrittura appassionata, di quelle che ti assorbono e pare di essere lì a Manchester in quei primi anni Ottanta. Oltre la music [...]

    9. I love Johnny Marr. His life story proves that the heady combination of hard work and natural talent pays off. Set the Boy Free follows Johnny from humble beginnings on inner-city Manchester estates to global fame and acclaim. It's partly a 'rise of the underdog' tale, but it's also a love story between Marr and music. As a creative person myself, I couldn't help but be inspired by his drive, his ambition, his self-belief, and also his ability to do things his own way.I love Johnny Marr.His tota [...]

    10. I became a fan of The Smiths a few years back and from the moment I put on "Ask" , I was immediately enthralled with the guitar playing of Johnny Marr. To this day, Johnny is not only my favorite Smiths member, but one of my most favorite musicians. Reading his autobiography confirmed this fact even more! Marr is a hell of a musician and a stand up guy! Despite being easily one of the most iconic guitar players of the century, Marr is humble and never takes himself too seriously! His book has pl [...]

    11. What a fantastic, easy and enjoyable read. I couldn't put the book down and - as a mom of two busy little ones in which it takes me forever to read a book nowadays - I kept trying to squeeze in pages and chapters during any fleeting moment I could (parked car/sleeping kids, bathroom escapes, late night bed reading). I've always been a fan of The Smiths, but wasn't too familiar with and well versed in the specific band members' backgrounds. It wasn't until I recently heard a Sirius radio intervie [...]

    12. Johnny Marr’s autobiography, Set the Boy Free (Dey St.), perfectly complements his guitar playing and songwriting: it’s adventurous, precise, energetic, and infectious. Once you start reading, you can’t put it down.In 464 pages, Marr captures what it is to be a Smiths fan. His life mirrors his music, just like The Smiths’ music uncannily evokes their fans’ life experiences. Once you delve into Boy, you’re jolted into life in the same way that whatever Smiths song or album you first h [...]

    13. Overall I'd say it was pretty good, if only for information on Johnny Marr's life growing up pre-Smiths. Details after that, of The Smiths and other projects, seem detailed in a way but washed over in another. It may be a case of having to cover so much ground. Johnny Marr is a good guitar guy.

    14. The book is an inspiring read for any artists, musicians, or outsiders. Marr's most famous band The Smiths are the ultimate outsiders who have made it. Marr is a naturally gifted storyteller with an engaging voice. Many stories move me to laughing out loud or to tears streaming down my face. Several moments leave me gasping with tension and suspense. Johnny Marr is my favorite rock guitarist of all-time. He writes stunning, moving, minimalist riffs that nobody else can manage. I'm such a fangirl [...]

    15. Reading the interviews with Johnny Marr in Guitar Player and Guitar For The Practicing Musician magazines in 1990 when The The's 'Mind Bomb' album came out changed the way I thought about music. 'Set The Boy Free' is a wonderful insight into the man whose creativity did indeed shape much of the great guitar playing since 1983. Johnny Marr had a vision at a young age which he conveys to the reader and shows how by listening to his heart and his guts he made it all happen. There's truly wonderful [...]

    16. Johnny Marr is one of my biggest influences on my guitar playing style and songwriting ethos. The music he made with The Smiths remains some of the best I've ever heard from the first time I heard "How Soon Is Now" one summer Saturday afternoon while watching MTV. It was the most mesmerizing guitar sounds I'd ever heard, ethereal and menacing all at once, jams utterly unique. And the rest of the songs were more direct but equally as unique in their sound and melodic palettes. I've spent a good p [...]

    17. While Marr is not as strong a writer as Morrissey nor as enigmatic/mysterious, this memoir is more geared to a music scene fan. Marr does not wallow, so when The Smiths cuts Marr from the band over management issues, Marr sets his sights on other opportunities. Making friends and working with musicians he admires--Matt Johnson of The The, Bernard Sumner of New Order, Modest Mouse and others--and improving as a guitar player is more important to Marr than fame, petty disputes and days gone by. An [...]

    18. This gets a 3.5.I imagine if you love Johnny Marr's work outside The Smiths more than I do, this book would be getting closer to a 4 or 5 star rating. Marr just isn't my favourite musician. However, this is a good book, that goes from when he was a kid and moving around England and getting into music and wanting to form a band whilst working at clothing shops all the way to modern day where he's made a nice guitar. Obviously much happened in-between and most of it is pretty interesting, but why [...]

    19. "How Soon is Now?" It is always the first song that comes to me when the favorite song question is asked. It will be my answer forever. And now I understand why it has such a hold on me. From the song writer (page 357), "When you follow a path that's a vocation, without ever stopping to question why, you can sometimes get caught up in other considerations and forget that what you're doing is about expressing something that's in you. Some people do it through painting and some people do it throug [...]

    20. This book is not only the best music memoir I have ever read, it's one of the best novels I have come across. I initially bought this book because I am a huge Modest Mouse fan and was interested to read about Marr's take on his time in the band, but through reading this book I grew great respect for him as a person and a musician. Set The Boy Free is so beautifully written and punctuated with such detail and heartfelt commentary that I was sad to turn the last page. I found myself laughing aloud [...]

    21. Loves the Sisters of Mercy, hates indiepop and people being dicks to animals, loves great music and good clothes, and comes across as a really great guy. Obviously makes the other bloke's book seem even worse through him having a bit of humour, wit and personality.

    22. Really interesting book!!! I never realised Manchester music at the time was so interconnected. Marr himself is extremely likeable in his debut novel, as he tells the reader about his whole life. At times it's funny and at times it's sad. Overall I feel thoroughly educated on everything that Johnny Marr has been a part of. Would defo recommend!

    23. I wish all rock stars could be like Johnny Marr. Despite all his success over the past 30 years he remains humble and appreciative. He's an artist that has continued to pursue his passions while refusing to become a human jukebox. Even during the difficult times of his career Marr never resorts to name calling. He acknowledges the importance others have played in his success and refuses to dish the dirt on anyone. This is a refreshing take on the rock star autobiography.

    24. If you know me, you know I LOVE The Smiths. While reading Johnny Marr's autobiography, I was surprised at how much I didn't know about him, such as the many groups he played with. I know The The and Modest Mouse. But I didn't realize he performed with The Pretenders and Talking Heads. Reading this book gave me a new-found appreciation for him as both a person and a musician.

    25. “Some journalists would interpret my geniality as unsophistication, especially in contrast to Morrissey’s erudition and verbosity.” suggests Marr at one point. Regardless of people’s thoughts on Morrissey and his music, it’s probably fair to say that his 2013 autobiography was well above the average standard that we have become accustomed to in rock biography circles, this coupled with the fact that he was the primary lyricist in The Smiths makes it almost unfair to compare his biograp [...]

    26. it was really great to listen to the autobiography of the musical genius behind one of my top 2 favorite bands of all time read by the guitar legend himself - Johnny Marr. The Smith's music spoke to a generation in a powerful way, and still connects with new generations of listeners today, such as my own daughter. I really enjoyed learning about his upbringing and his early life and the music scene in Manchester as well as how the band came together and all that they went through in their four y [...]

    27. Johnny Marr is that dude.Superawesome autobiography, filled in a lot of gaps, a great counterpart to Morrissey's autobiography from a few years back. Also, compared to Morrissey's tomeis one has chapters!Billions of stories, a few falls from grace and even more triumphs than you may have known about previously.I want Johnny and Morrissey to be friends again, but never reunite in a band. It'll never be the spectacular greatness that The Smiths was back in the day. I do hope they write together ag [...]

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