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Morrissey

Morrissey: The Pageant of His Bleeding Heart

by Gavin Hopps

Gavin Hopps is the Research Council’s UK Academic Fellow in the School of Divinity at St. Mary’s College, the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Continuum, 2009
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781501330643
  • ISBN:
    978-1-5013-3064-3 (online)

    978-0-8264-1866-1 (paperback)
  • Edition:
    First Edition
  • Place of Publication:
    New York
  • Published Online:
    2017 2017
Morrissey
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Morrissey is arguably the greatest disturbance popular music has ever known. Even more than the choreographed carelessness of punk and the hyperbolic gestures of glam rock and the New Romantics, Morrissey’s early bookish ineptitude, his celebration of the ordinary, and his subversive endorsement of celibacy, abstinence and rock ‘n’ roll revolutionized the world of British pop. As a solo artist, too, he consistently adopts the outsider’s perspective and dares us to confront uncomfortable subjects. In his brilliant book, Gavin Hopps examines the work of this compelling performer, whose intelligence, humour, suffering and awkwardness have fascinated audiences around the world for the last 25 years.

Hopps traces the trajectory of Morrissey’s career and outlines the contours and contradictions of the singer’s elusive persona. The book illuminates Morrissey’s coyness (how can he remain a mystery when he tells us too much?), his dramatized melancholy (surely more of a radical existential protest than the gimmick some believe it to be), and his complex attitudes towards loneliness and alienation, as well as his intriguing sense of the religious.