The former Smiths frontman turns 56 today, and his career is as flourishing as ever. His tenth studio record “World Peace Is None of Your Business” was released last summer, he’s set to tour the US this summer with Blondie and equally-controversial Amanda Palmer as opening acts, and he’s still riding the wave of his successful 2013 autobiography, simply titled “Morrissey” and published by Penguin Classics. The book was received so well in comparison to his musical work of late that the famous crooner claimed he would be taking several more stabs at writing in the near future.
Let’s just hope his future texts aren’t censored the way the last was. In “Morrissey,” the author wrote of his relationship with a photographer by the name of Jake Owen Walters — but in the North American edition of the book, these sections were mysteriously edited out. “Jake and I neither sought nor needed company other than our own for the whirlwind stretch to come…,” Moz recalls, “for the first time in my life the eternal ‘I’ becomes ‘we’ as, finally, I can get on with someone.” Several other details of the relationship that appeared in the UK version were excluded from the one released in the US, including a picture of Walters as a young boy.
Either way, we’re thanking you for all the struggles your music got us through and wishing you the best 56th birthday a full-hearted man could plead for.