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SKYLIGHT BOOKS PRESENTS JOHNNY MARR (TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!!!) for the launch of his autobiography SET THE BOY FREE in conversation with JASON BENTLEY at the VISTA THEATRE

Set the Boy Free (Dey Street Books)

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT AS OF 11/15/2016! THANK YOU! AS OF NOW THERE WILL BE NO TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR! SEE YOU LUCKY TICKET HOLDERS TOMORROW!

Skylight Books is thrilled to present Johnny Marr, in conversation with Jason Bentley, for the launch of his new autobiography, Set the Boy Free, at the beautiful Vista Theatre in Los Feliz.

NOTE: THIS READING WILL BE HELD AT THE VISTA THEATRE (4473 SUNSET DRIVE,  LOS ANGELES, CA 90027) AND TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY. TICKETS COST $35 AND INCLUDE A COPY OF SET THE BOY FREE AND SALES TAX. For members of our Friends with Benefits program, tickets are only $32. Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday, October 7, 2016 via Brown Paper Tickets.

Johnny Marr’s new autobiography, Set the Boy Free, tells the story of one the most influential guitarists and artists of all time. Marr has been constantly pushing musical boundaries in a career that has spanned decades, styles and genres. From co-founding The Smiths with Steven Morrissey, to forming Electronic with Bernard Sumner of New Order to collaborations with The Pretenders, Talking Heads, The The, The Cribs, Hans Zimmer and Modest Mouse, here is a true history of music—told by one of its very own legends.

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IMPORTANT INFO ON HOW TO ATTEND:

  • Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday, October 7, 2016 via Brown Paper Tickets. Ticket holders will be asked to pick up their copies of the book at the door at Vista Theatre, the day of the event.
  • Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m.
  • No photos during the event, please!
  • The program and Q&A will be followed by a signing. Johnny Marr will ONLY sign copies of Set the Boy Free. Johnny Marr WILL NOT be posing for pictures and WILL NOT be signing memorabilia.

CAN'T ATTEND? Please purchase a copy of Set the Boy Free either through our website or by phone below (not through Brown Paper Tickets!) and we'll do our best to get it signed for you. (Just be sure to click the purple "Signed Copy" button on the next screen once you add the book to your cart.) You may pick up this book in the store after the event, or have it shipped to you.

Set the Boy Free is the long-awaited memoir from the legendary guitarist and cofounder of the seminal British band The Smiths, Johnny Marr.

An artist who helped define a period in popular culture, Johnny Marr tells his story in a memoir as vivid and arresting as his music. The Smiths, the band with the signature sound he cofounded, remains one of the most beloved bands ever, and have a profound influence on a number of acts that followed from the Stone Roses, Suede, Blur, and Radiohead to Oasis, The Libertines, and Arctic Monkeys.

Marr recalls his childhood growing up in the northern working-class city of Manchester, in a house filled with music. He takes us back to the summer of 1982 when, at eighteen, he sought out one Stephen Morrissey to form a new band they called The Smiths. Marr invites fans on stage, on the road, and in the studio for the five years The Smiths were together and how after a rapid ascent, the working-class teenage rock star enjoyed and battled with the perks of success until ideological differences, combined with his much publicized strained relationships with fellow band mates, caused him to leave in 1987. Marr's escape as he calls it, ensured the beginning of the end for one of the most influential groups of a generation. But The Smiths end was only the beginning for Marr. The bona-fide guitar hero continues to experiment and evolve in his solo career to this day, playing with Paul McCartney, Pretenders, Modest Mouse, Oasis and collaborating today's most creative and renowned artists.

Rising above and beyond the personal struggles and bitter feuds, Marr delivers the story of his music and his band, sharing the real insights of a man who has made music his life, and finally giving fans what they've truly been waiting for.

Johnny Marr’s new autobiography, Set The Boy Free (Dey Street), tells the story of one the most influential guitarists and artists of all time. Marr has been constantly pushing musical boundaries in a career that has spanned decades, styles and genres. From co-founding The Smiths with Steven Morrissey, to forming Electronic with Bernard Sumner of New Order to collaborations with The Pretenders, Talking Heads, The The, The Cribs, Hans Zimmer and Modest Mouse, here is a true history of music—told by one of its very own legends. 

Jason Bentley is the Music Director of KCRW and host of their signature program Morning Becomes Eclectic, as having a distinguished career as a music supervisor for film and advertising, and a busy DJ schedule from festivals to bohemian loft parties. He's a tireless champion of new music and culture with an influence close to home and around the globe.

Johnny Marr photo by Jon Shard

 



 


 



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Event date: 
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Set the Boy Free: The Autobiography Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062438690
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dey Street Books - November 15th, 2016