Simon Goddard

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Simon Goddard (born 21 December 1971) is a British author and music journalist.

Goddard is the great-great-great nephew of the Victorian artist and designer George Charles Haité and prior to journalism studied fine art. In 1995 he directed and designed the promo video for Edwyn Collins' single "If You Could Love Me".[1] He has written two books on The Smiths and their former lead singer Morrissey, Songs That Saved Your Life and Mozipedia. His third book titled Ziggyology - A Brief History of Ziggy Stardust was published in March 2013. His fourth Simply Thrilled - The Preposterous Story of Postcard Records is scheduled for April 2014.

Works[edit]

Songs That Saved Your Life[edit]

In December 2002 Goddard's first book on The Smiths was published by the small Surrey-based imprint Reynolds & Hearn under the title The Smiths: Songs That Saved Your Life. It analysed in depth the making of every one of their songs, both released and unreleased and borrowed its format from Ian MacDonald's Beatles book, Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties. In 2004 it was updated to include new interview material from Smiths founder and guitarist Johnny Marr. The title refers to a Morrissey lyric from The Smiths' 1985 B-side "Rubber Ring".

Despite positive reaction from fans and the press,[2] in interviews Goddard expressed dissatisfaction with the book and especially the way it was presented by its original publishers who in due course went into liquidation. In 2010 the rights were acquired by Titan Books who agreed to republish a brand new, definitive edit reverting to the title Goddard had always intended, Songs That Saved Your Life - The Art of The Smiths 1982-87. It was released in the UK on 24 January 2013 and in the US on 26 February.

Mozipedia[edit]

Goddard's second book, Mozipedia - The Encyclopedia of Morrissey and The Smiths, was published in the UK by Ebury Press in August 2009. It is a 350,000-word alphabetical index of Morrissey and his world. One reviewer described it as "the undertaking of a maniac"[3] and another as "the next best thing to Morrissey's autobiography (when he actually writes it)."[4] Mozipedia was voted Best Book of 2009 by the readers of Mojo magazine.[5] The American edition of Mozipedia was published by Plume through Penguin/Viking on 28 September 2010. A paperback version (distinguishable by very minor revisions if not technically an "updated" edition) was published in the UK on 6 September 2012 with a red-coloured variation of the original blue hardback cover. A Portuguese translation was published in Brazil in 2013 by Leya.

Ziggyology[edit]

Ziggyology, subtitled A Brief History Of Ziggy Stardust, was published in hardback and ebook by Ebury in the UK in March 2013. Originally planned to mark the 40th anniversary of David Bowie’s July 1973 “retirement” concert at the Hammersmith Odeon, the book’s release ended up coinciding with Bowie’s 2013 comeback album The Next Day and the Victoria and Albert Museum’s record-breaking David Bowie Is exhibition.[6]

It is described on the jacket as “a supreme work of pop archaeology” and charts the conceptual template of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust character from the beginning of human civilisation to his final glam rock incarnation. Mojo magazine praised its “big, bold and refreshingly original approach” and made the comparison that the book “does for David Bowie what Greil Marcus’s Lipstick Traces did for the Sex Pistols.” [7] Goddard has called Ziggyology “part history, part space opera, part rock’n’roll cartoon”.[8] The book's chapter structure is modelled on The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, the subject of one of Goddard's own chapters.

Simply Thrilled[edit]

Published by Ebury in April 2014 and subtitled The Preposterous Story Of Postcard Records, it is the first book ever dedicated solely to the history of the legendary Scottish independent label run from a flat at 185 West Princes Street, Glasgow by Alan Horne and Edwyn Collins. Lasting barely two years from late 1979 to the end of 1981, Postcard was home to Orange Juice , Aztec Camera, Josef K and, very briefly, The Go-Betweens. The book's title is a reference to Orange Juice's third Postcard single, "Simply Thrilled Honey".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goddard, Simon (17 August 2007). "I was dead - and I was resurrected". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Staff Lists: Words and Music: Our 60 Favorite Music Books | Features". Pitchfork. 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  3. ^ "Mozipedia: The Encyclopaedia of Morrissey and the Smiths: Amazon.co.uk: Simon Goddard: Books". Amazon.co.uk. 2009-11-28. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
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  6. ^ "David Bowie Is... A Triumph! Critics Rave About Record Breaking V&A Exhibit". EntertainmentWise. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  7. ^ Paytress, Mark, Hallo Spaceboy review, Mojo (magazine), May 2013.
  8. ^ "a conversation with author SIMON GODDARD // Ziggyology (A Brief History Of Ziggy Stardust) |". Themouthmagazine.wordpress.com. 2013-03-15. Retrieved 2014-06-30.