The most common reaction from Morrissey's fans on social media sites and on various websites has been, "We didn't even know that there WAS a book." It's MorrisseysWorld all over again! At a time when nobody had ever heard of MorrisseysWorld, Morrissey publicised it on True-To-You with this statement:
He then further publicised MorrisseysWorld three months later with the following 'message' on TTY:
I have a hunch that Morrissey's autobiography, which is brilliantly entitled, 'Autobiography', will STILL be released by Penguin. I may be wrong, and the word, "collapse" does seem quite final, but I just have a hunch, and what is more, the book cover just looks SO perfect!
If the Penguin deal IS off, then we should be in for an exciting time as publishers fight it out to get their hands on the autobiography of the century, and rumours will no doubt start to emerge as to who might have signed him. Irvine Welsh has probably got it right with his observation:
Could it be that the next TTY statement could mirror the TTY 'message' above, and go along the lines of, "Morrissey has no connection with any publishing house for his autobiography. Please be warned. Thank you. Ten UK dates for Morrissey will be announced this coming Monday"? Or perhaps, "Morrissey has found a publisher who is prepared to print his autobiography IN FULL." Now THAT would get the excitement going!
Oh the theatre of it all! And if this new statement ISN'T just a publicity stunt, then WHAT exactly WAS the, "content" that gave Penguin cold feet?
Back to exile.