The Smiths – The Day I Was There




Special limited edition hardback numbered from 1-500 and signed by the author.

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The Smiths – The Day I Was There tells the story of The Smiths in the words of over 400 fans from Britain and the US. With memories from the earliest Smiths shows at UK clubs through to the last ever gig at London’s Brixton Academy, you’ll see a portrait of The Smiths from the perspective of fans, promoters and support acts with personal photographs, memorabilia, fascinating anecdotes and stories that have never been published before.

Based on the songwriting partnership of Morrissey and Marr, The Smiths are one of the most important bands to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s.

All four of their studio albums reached the top five of the UK Albums Chart, including Meat Is Murder which hit number one. They won a significant following and remain cult favourites. The band broke up in 1987 due to internal tensions and have turned down several offers to reunite.

Read an excerpt from the book here:

336 pages

Over 200 images

Publication date: 15 October 2019. Price: UK £24.99 US $32.00

The Smiths - The Day I Was There

Cover photo by Stephen Wright:

“Stephen Wright’s original photograph, used for the inside gatefold of The Queen is Dead, clinches the prize for the most famous image of the Smiths” – Will Woodward – The Guardian

About the Author

Richard has also co-written a book about the ‘semi legendary’ indie band The Wedding Present with lead singer David Gedge, and worked with Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark on their book, Pretending To See The Future, as well as books about the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix, all of which are compilations of fan memories of seeing these legendary artists live.

Additional information

Weight 0.649 kg
Dimensions 23.4 × 15.6 × 1.7 cm
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