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Today FM interview

In September, I was interviewed by Paul McLoone at TodayFM in Ireland about my Smiths biography, A Light That Never Goes Out. It was a good one. (That may not...
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Johnny Marr’s pre-Smiths, post-punk influences: a YouTube playlist

One of the more interesting aspects of researching my Smiths biography was talking to Johnny Marr about the thriving post-punk scene of the very late 1970s and the very early...
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Eight Track Cartridges: A museum opens in Roxbury

During our family’s recent road trip across America, I made a point of visiting music museums, from Memphis to Kansas City to Cleveland. I hadn’t expected to return home to...
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The Greatest Ride of Our Lives Part 5: The Grand Canyon

As a writer, I’m understandably wary of the old adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” But when it comes to the Grand Canyon… I was speechless. The photographs...
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The Smiths’ first recording: I Want A Boy For My Birthday

October 4 marked the 30th anniversary of the first ever Smiths gig, at the Ritz in Manchester, opening for Blue Rondo a La Turk. Dale Hibbert was on bass; Andy...
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The Greatest Ride of Our Lives Part 4: 1500 miles across America’s South

Part 3, Part 2, Part 1 Hard though it seems now to believe, but on a Tuesday afternoon this past August, on our family cross-country road trip, we were still...
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Jamming! on the South Bank

Pleased to see that an old issue of Jamming! is on display at the Someday All the Adults Will Die: Punk Graphics 1971-1984 Exhibition at the Hayward Center on London’s...
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Manchester (Post) Punk: A YouTube Playlist

In researching my biography, A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths, I put together this 30-song playlist of Manchester punk and post-punk. These songs all...
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