The Smiths – The Day I Was There


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336 pages
Over 200 images
Publication date: 15 October 2019.


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.

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 1.5 kg
Dimensions 23.4 × 15.6 × 1.7 cm


Exhaustive research has gone into producing this 300+ page book of over 400 first hand accounts from those who saw them, or had worked with them whether it be a gig organiser or in another capacity from the early days to the last live appearances. Much unique memorabilia pictured too. There is also a final page from the author addressing the issue of Morrissey later right wing leanings. Excellent read for anyone who "was there" or is a fan of The Smiths.
-Amazon 5 stars
Just fabulous! Can’t rate the book highly enough. If you’re a true Smiths fan what are you waiting for? Go out and buy it!
-Amazon 5 stars
Wonderful compilation of fans' experiences seeing The Smiths live. Very well written and well made also. A great read for any Smiths fans or just music fans in general! Excellent!
-Amazon 5 stars