Musician autobiographies can be a tricky beast. How much personal stuff to put in? Just what level of musical geekery to go to? What stories to leave out and which to include? Just how honest to be?
Luckily, it’s been a good time for them, with two crackers in recent times, Phil Collins’ searingly honest Not Dead Yet and Johnny Marr’s sublime Set The Boy Free, which details the life and career of the legendary guitarist, who has played with The Smiths, Electronic, The The, Modest Mouse and The Cribs as well as latterly under his own name.
And the latter has not only gone down well with fans, but with critics too – and one critic in particular who knows what he’s talking about: Johnny’s former English teacher Jim Foley.
Twitter user Andy Ryan spotted this review of Set The Boy Free on Amazon which was posted just after Christmas and it’s rather beautiful.
Isn’t that just great?
And if you didn’t have a tear in your eye after reading this, then put this tune on, featuring Johnny’s glorious playing, and see how you feel in four minutes.