Why pamper life's complexities?

Essays on The Smiths

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This book seeks to offer a rather wider frame of analysis than is typically adopted in accounts of the nature and significance of The Smiths. It focuses on the Catholic and broader religious dimensions of The Smiths. The book explores the theme of suicide in the songs of The Smiths. It also seeks to examine how the kitchen-sink dramas of the early 1960s influenced Morrissey's writing. The book proposes that beyond the literal references in his lyrics there lies a sensibility at the heart of these films akin to the one found in his poetic impulse. The book expands the argument with some concluding thoughts on how cinema has 'returned the favour' by employing The Smiths' songs in various ways. It examines the particular forms of national identity that are imagined in the work of The Smiths. The book ranges from class, sexuality, Catholicism, and Thatcherism to musical poetics and fandom. It then focuses on lyrics, interviews, the city of Manchester, cultural iconography, and the cult of Morrissey. The distinctive sense of Englishness that pervades the lyrics, interviews, and cover art of the band is located within a specific tradition of popular culture from which they have drawn and to which they have contributed a great deal. The book breaches the standard confines of music history, rock biography, and pop culture studies to give a sustained critical analysis of the band that is timely and illuminating.

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Chapter 1: 'Why pamper life's complexities?'
Chapter 1: 'Why pamper life's complexities?'
Chapter 2: 'Has the world changed or have I changed?'
Chapter 2: 'Has the world changed or have I changed?'
Chapter 3: 'Irish blood, English heart'
Chapter 3: 'Irish blood, English heart'
Chapter 4: 'Heaven knows we'll soon be dust'
Chapter 4: 'Heaven knows we'll soon be dust'
Chapter 5: 'Sing me to sleep'
Chapter 5: 'Sing me to sleep'
Chapter 6: 'A boy in the bush'
Chapter 6: 'A boy in the bush'
Chapter 7: 'This way and that way'
Chapter 7: 'This way and that way'
Chapter 8: 'I don't owe you anything'
Chapter 8: 'I don't owe you anything'
Chapter 9: 'A double bed and a stalwart lover for sure'
Chapter 9: 'A double bed and a stalwart lover for sure'
Chapter 10: Last night we dreamt that somebody loved us
Chapter 10: Last night we dreamt that somebody loved us
Chapter 11: 'When we're in your scholarly room'
Chapter 11: 'When we're in your scholarly room'
Chapter 12: 'So much to answer for'
Chapter 12: 'So much to answer for'
Chapter 13: 'Take me back to dear old Blighty'
Chapter 13: 'Take me back to dear old Blighty'
Chapter 14: Guantánamo, here we come
Chapter 14: Guantánamo, here we come
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