Morrissey Cancels Apparent 'Autobiography' Deal with Penguin
Published Sep 13, 2013The best laid plans often go awry, and that certainly seems to be the case for Morrissey. The notoriously bummed-out singer has cancelled heaps of live shows in 2013, and now he's apparently put the kibosh on his Autobiography.
This news comes via's the semi-official fan site True to You, which wrote, "Although Morrissey's Autobiography was set to be available throughout the UK on September 16th, a last-minute content disagreement between Penguin Books and Morrissey has caused the venture to collapse. No review copies were printed, and Morrissey is now in search of a new publisher."
UPDATE: True to You has now published a clarification about the book, writing, "The publication of Morrissey's Autobiography remains with Penguin Books. This is a deal for the UK and Europe, but Morrissey has no contract with a publisher for the U.S. or any other territory. As of 13 September, Morrissey and Penguin (UK) remain determined to publish within the next few weeks." So it looks as if the book is still coming, it's just without a release date or a deal in North America.
This news comes as a bit of a shock, not only because Moz evidently cancelled the tome days before its release, but because we hadn't heard that the book was going to come out in the first place.
The singer has been planning an autobiography for years, and he told BBC Radio 4's Front Row in 2011 that he'd like it to come out through Penguin Classics (which is consistent with the above cover image). The book had previously been pegged for a 2012 release, and Morrissey told the Hollywood Reporter earlier this year, "If the book doesn't come out soon, I'll burn it."
The apparent plans to release the book this month, however, are somewhat mysterious, considering the lack of promotional materials available online. Penguin also hasn't yet commented on the matter.
All in all, this whole thing is starting to sound a bit like Morrissey's refusal to release an album without a proper record label.