Morrissey’s long-in-the-works autobiography — titled, appropriately, “Autobiography” — was set to be published next week, but the singer claims a last-minute and heretofore unexplained “content disagreement” with Penguin Classics “has caused the venture to collapse,” leaving the former Smiths frontman in search of a new publisher.
Morrissey revealed the news, and the scuttled book’s planned cover, via a statement to quasi-official fansite True To You. No further details of the memoir, the publication of which had not actually been officially announced, were offered.
Morrissey’s full statement:
Although Morrissey’s Autobiography was set to be available throughout the UK on September 16th, a last-minute content disagreement between Penguin Books and Morrissey has caused the venture to collapse. No review copies were printed, and Morrissey is now in search of a new publisher.
Of course, we know of one publisher that very much would like to secure Moz’s business.
UPDATE: A day later, True To You posted another statement from Morrissey’s camp, this time saying the book’s publication is, in fact, on in the U.K. and Europe for sometime in “the next few weeks,” but that Moz has no American publisher. This comes as the book still has never been announced by Penguin.
The new statement:
The publication of Morrissey’s Autobiography remains with Penguin Books. Yhis is a deal for the UK and Europe, but Morrissey has no contract with a publisher for the U.S. or any other territory. As of 13 September, Morrissey and Penguin (UK) remain determined to publish within the next few weeks.
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