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Unutterably funny… a riot of aimings and blamings and score-settlings. Smith manages to have a right laff, and reveal himself as a figure of dazzling sociological import’ – Independent on Sunday


The Fall are one of the most distinctive British bands ever, their music – odd, spare, cranky and repetitious – an acknowledged influence on The Smiths, The Happy Mondays, Nirvana and Franz Ferdinand. And Mark E. Smith IS The Fall – 66 members came and went over the years yet he remained its charismatic leader until his death in 2018.


‘If it’s me and yer granny on bongos, it’s The Fall.’ – Mark E. Smith


Mark was a professional outsider and all-round enemy of compromise, a true enigma. There have been a number of biographies of the legendary Smith, but this is the first time he opened up in a full autobiography. For the first time we hear his full, candid take on the ups and downs of a band as notorious for its in-house fighting as for its great music; and on a life that endured prison in America, drugs, bankruptcy, divorce, and the often bleak results of a legendary thirst.

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9780141028668 , ,
Weight 0.187 kg
Dimensions 198 × 128 × 16 mm




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