If your local college offered a course in Morrissey, this would be the required textbook listed on your syllabus. At over 500 pages, Mozipedia: The Encyclopedia of Morrissey and The Smiths. is the definitive book on everything pertaining to Morrissey. As its name suggests, Mozipedia is laid out like an encyclopedia, from A - Z.
The 600 alphabetized entries fit into one of six categories:
1. The music of Morrissey and The Smiths - all songs, albums, compilations and video collections.
2. The life of Morrissey - biographical information, schools, youth, etc.
3. The influences of Morrissey - books, authors, films, actors, singers, groups, art, etc.
4. The who's who - all musicians, producers, band members that worked with Morrissey and The Smiths.
5. The world of Morrissey - specific places that are relevant to his life and referenced in song.
6. The tao of Morrissey - everything that didn't fit into one of the previous categories, ex: his thoughts on cats, football, tea, etc.
Author Simon Goddard is very thorough and his entries range from the Starland Vocal Band (the band that brought us 'Afternoon Delight'), to the band a-ha (whom Morrissey liked), to a several page spread on Johnny Marr. Completed by 32 pages of beautiful black/white and color photographs, Mozipedia is a MUST have for Morrissey/Smiths fans.
Mozipedia will take you a while to get through, so get your Smiths and Morrissey records out and listen as you read. Please enjoy!
Published by Plume on September 28, 2010