Heaven knows his fans are miserable now: Morrissey pulls autobiography three days before due on shelves

By Colin Rhodes

Salford-born singer Morrissey has pulled plans to launch his autobiography – just days before it was due to be published.

A statement on the True to You fan website said that there had been a last minute content disagreement with the publishers.

Penguin Books, who were due to publish the book in three days’ time, would not comment on the reasons for the dispute.

The book was thought to concentrate on the star’s upbringing in Salford and his relationship with former song writing partner Johnny Marr.

The dispute is the latest setback in what has been a difficult year for the 54-year-old singer. He was forced to cancel a tour of the USA earlier this year due to ‘medical mishaps’ as well as having to cancel part of a tour of South Africa in July for funding reasons.

The former Smiths’ front man whose hits including Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now and William, It Was Really Nothing, previously said that he wanted the book to be published in the Penguin Classic range, despite that franchise normally being reserved for already-established literary classics rather than new titles.

The book, simply called Autobiography, was completed in 2011 but Morrissey has taken time to choose the right publisher and the loss of Penguin is likely to be seen as a blow to his vision for the book.

He is currently looking for a new publisher.

Picture courtesy of Nrkp3, with thanks.

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