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It was really nothing.

“Entire coachloads of off-duty gas fitters from Bolton will risk death to get on the stage to try to either shake his hand, or to hug him, or to kiss him, or whatever. Almost as though they feel that, you know, some kind of ritual communion with Morrissey will enable them to contact a part of their emotions that they normally feel distanced from.”
Michael Bracewell

Does anyone know who that is in the video giving the above quote? Thanks, Suzanne!

I’ve watched this mini-doc a number of times now, and it never fails to get me choked up.

p.s. Classic Morrissey moment at 2:55.

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14 Comments

  • Reply Kirsten October 14, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Love, love, love this. Strangely, I want to see what they have to say about George Michael now.

  • Reply tara. October 14, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    oh morrissey, the obsession of my high school self…is he so beautiful or what? seems like such a magical time looking back.

    (don’t know who that other dude is.)

  • Reply Jill October 14, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Oh, that voice just takes me back… Vinnie, I wonder if you are still out there.

  • Reply Denise Smith October 14, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    I read the title of this post on my feed, before I saw the content. I was already humming “William Will-iam..” as I clicked. College days in a conservative school in the 80s where NO ONE was gay. Yeah right.

  • Reply karen October 14, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    i think the video says a bit earlier that his name is mark simpson and he’s a morrissey biographer. at any rate, it’s a great quote.

  • Reply karen October 14, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    woops, nevermind, that’s a different dude.

  • Reply suzanne October 14, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Hi,
    I believe it is the writer Michael Bracewell in the video.
    I may not be an off-duty gas fitter from Bolton, but I too have risked death to get on the stage and have a kiss. Needless to say it was absolutely divine.
    Coincidentally, I am wearing my Je Suis Morrissey shirt as I write this! Yeah, also obsessed!

  • Reply Anna at D16 October 14, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    AHA! Michael Bracewell! Yes, I just did a Google image search and that is definitely him. Thank you so much!

  • Reply far out brussel sprout October 15, 2008 at 5:47 am

    I still lament the disapperance of my ‘rank’ t-shirt. Searches for a replacement (or a poster) have thus far proved fruitless.

  • Reply Kiss Prudence October 16, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    I risked life and limb to have my photo taken outside Salford Lads Club….the local kids are scary!! x

  • Reply KB October 17, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Ahhh memories, Every day is no longer like Monday, silent and grey but I heard his new CD the other day, his charming voice is unmistakable.Almost makes me miss the angst of my youth…

  • Reply sherri/the claw October 18, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Thanks for posting, this is awesome. I had tickets in ’86 to see The Smiths and they cancelled at the last moment. I was crushed.

  • Reply sulu-design October 20, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you. Such a great way to start my morning (even though I came to this a week late).

  • Reply Kims November 28, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    memory lane…thanks for the reminder. I saw him in Montreal in 1997, I love him, but watching that made me feel kinda old!
    xo

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