Don’t Forget the Songs-365: Mach Tres: Day 241
Mon. Oct. 28, 2013
“Reader Meet Author (acoustic version)”
In honor of Morrissey’s newly released and best seller Autobiography, it’s time to look back at the original rough take/acoustic version of this 1995 cut that Moz called his favorite song from Southpaw Grammar. After first glance you would think “Reader” would’ve been inspired by writer Johnny Rogan. If Moz fans can recall, it was Johnny the author who felt Moz’s disdain for his controversial tome Morrissey & Marr: The Severed Alliance. But in Rogan’s later 2006 book Morrissey, the former Smiths singer claimed otherwise when he said, “No! No! [very amused] Not at all. He should be so lucky….” That’s when Morrissey explained the true meaning of this Southpaw Grammar cut when Moz said, “‘Reader Meet Author’ is about a lot of middle-class journalists I know who think they have an understanding of the working classes and their fascinations, which they patently do not.” One thing that Rogan’s book did inspire was Morrissey to pen his own true story which was already considered a classic by Penguin ever before publication.
Speaking of Morrissey’s new Autobiography, already over a week old and released only in the UK & Europe, his book is already reaching Harry Potter-esque sales numbers in Moz’s homeland. This new bestseller is the one Mozzer’s disciples had been eagerly waiting for. Full of the wit and whimsy of everyone’s favorite melancholy songsmith, the Oscar Wilde of our generation doesn’t disappoint, opening his once veiled life on the page with his trademark tone of eloquence; despite all the envied criticism to the contrary, I urge you to pick up a copy to see what all the literary uproar is about. [Editor’s Note: Don’t you find it refreshing that, in the spirit of J.K. Rowling’s Smiths inspired book series, Morrissey’s autobiography is garnering this much publicity instead of some overblown naked and/or political scandal. Long live the eternal life of literary tomes. We believe here at DFTS365 that our world would be a better place if people had their head inside books instead of other peoples dirty knickers, wouldn’t you say?]
Back to “Reader Meet Author” and this original rough/acoustic version is a refreshing insight into the recording method of our new best-selling author who’s no stranger of sprinkling autobiographical morsels inside of his lyrics. Case in point, “Author” was inspired by an actually interview Morrissey had with a disciple turned
reporter from The Sunday Times. According to Southpaw Grammar’s engineer Danton Supple who told Simon Goddard in his book Mozipedia, “I’m pretty sure that song’s to do with him meeting Julie Burchill. She was always a fan but then they met and she wrote this article. I think it was always meant as some kind of response to that.”
Burchill’s article was anything but kind to her once hero Morrissey at one point asking the former Smiths singer is he was gay? Julie ended her much controversial Sunday Times expose, with the following advice to Moz fans, “Do not meet your hero, do not look at him, do not touch him, do not respond to him in any way, shape or form whatsoever. For he will break your heart, even as you seal his fate.” Burchill’s fate was sealed forever as being the inspiration for Morrissey’s perfect Grammar lyrical retort better known as “Reader Meet Author.”
After his so-called interview with that former disciple, Julie Burchill, the former Smiths singer, expanded his meaning of “Reader Meet Author” in Johnny Rogan’s book Morrissey, when Moz said, “I’ve come across it many times. It’s a fascinating phenomenon. Especially among music journalists I know who pretend to understand all aspects of life however degrading. It amuses me that these people are middle class and their preoccupation is meddling with destitute and desperate as a hobby, Middle-class writers are fascinated by those who struggle. They find it righteous and amusing…I sing, ‘The year 2000 won’t change anyone here’ and that’s true. It won’t change their lives. They won’t be capitulated into space age culture and mobile fax machines. The poor remain poor.”
So while you’re finishing up the pages of Morrissey’s new world wide best-seller Autobiography, I implore you to make this rare acoustic version/rough take of “Reader Meet Author” the soundtrack to your reading adventures. Enjoy his tome and make sure you spin this rare Moz cut, “Reader Meet Author,” which not only is Morrissey’s favorite cut from Southpaw Grammar, but it’s also the perfect rarity to listen to, while you’re turning pages and literally uncovering Morrissey’s literal secrets he has kept hidden after all these years. Just like one of the most important statements that Morrissey expresses in his Autobiography that reflects the secret of this Mancunian’s success, has to be—“Music, you see, is the key.” His voice is the portal and “Reader meet Author” is definitely one of those authentic refrains that connects Morrissey to his much beloved – eternal harmony.