Mozipedia - The Encyclopedia of Morrissey & The Smiths by Simon Goddard is now available in a new edition.
If you're a fan, this book offers info on every song, album, video, film, collaborator, geopgraphic location, book and influence that had a part in creating the music and image of the Smiths and Morrissey.
For example, let's say you're wondering about Morrissey's vegetarianism. Would you be surprised to learn that Morrissey isn't much of a fan of vegetables?
In 1992, the singer summarised his core foodstuffs as "potatoes, bread, scrambled eggs and the odd orange". Yet perhaps the biggest irony is that, for a vegetarian, Morrissey is not especially fond of vegetables.
"I thought being a veggie, he'd be really healthy," recalls guitarist Kevin Armstrong. "But when we were making Bona Drag I just remember getting fat. All the recipes he asked the cook for were all dairy based, full of cream and very rich.But he had this caterer who must have cost a fortune and yet Morrissey seemed to live on toast." Engineer Danton Supple backs up Armstrong's stories of Morrissey's artery-clogging dairy diet, as does Andy Rourke. "Everything was egg based," says Rourke. "Especially in the early days of The Smiths. I remember once working out that each of us had 30 or 40 eggs a week. It was like Cool Hand Luke. Egg and chips. That's all we ate."
"The only way you could get Morrissey to eat vegetables was to puree them like baby food," comments producer Clive Langer. "He'd like mushy peas deep fried in filo pastry. Pea parcels, they were called. But everything else had to be mashed up."
Read more excerpts from the book courtesy of Q Magazine.