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New York Dolls

IT'S 1981, THE YEAR BEFORE HE MET MARR, AND STEVEN MORRISSEY (WRITER) HAS HIS FIRST BOOK PUBLISHED. THIS IS THAT BOOK. THE FIRST EDITION OF NEW YORK DOLLS PUBLISHED BY BABYLON BOOKS IN MANCHESTER. IF IT LOOKS A BIT
BEAT UP AND WORSE FOR WEAR, IT
IS... JUST LIKE THE DOLLS
THEMSELVES!

This is about as good as a book cover gets. It is quite irreducible. In fact its only rival is the book's back cover - another masterstroke of scissors and sellotape. The whole book looks like it was laid out on the kitchen table.

We are not certain you will be able to read this text - click to see it bigger here. It is Morrissey's personal statement at the back of the book. On seeing the Dolls on the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1973: "I was thirteen and it was my first emotional experience. The next day I was twenty-nine."

What a page! What a picture! That's the best stripy sexy legs photo we have seen since The Brooke Book!

And wow! This title page is sitting very comfortably in world class. You have to say, for a book about an iconic rock band by an twenty-two year old unknown writer, Morrissey's name certainly holds its own on that page.

The wasted glamour and involuntary sneer of Johnny Thunders. We have seen this photograph before but it never looked so good as it does as a thumbnail in this cut and paste layout. See more of the book here. It really does look like it was run out on a photocopier in the newsagents.

And the author takes a bow. No it's Roger Federer. No it's not. It's Morrissey in a passport booth. Cool looks!
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