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Morrissey: Inside Looking In

Mark Kemp, Option, May 1991

MANCHESTER IS 185 RAILROAD MILES NORTH OF LONDON, LINKED BY SIGNPOSTS THAT READ RUGBY, BIRMINGHAM, AND STOKE-ON-TRENT; BY SPRAWLING MISTY GREEN MEADOWS, GUSHING STREAMS, AND A ZILLION GRAZING SHEEP. THE CITY ITSELF IS A SOOT-GRAY MOSAIC OF EUROPEAN ARCHITECTURE, FROM THE HIGH VICTORIAN GOTHIC OF ITS MAJESTIC TOWN HALL TO THE PALAZZO WAREHOUSES WHICH COLOR ITS COBBLE-STONE BACKSTREETS. WELCOME TO THE CRADLE OF THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION. WELCOME TO THE HOME OF THE HOLLIES, THE BUZZCOCKS, JOY DIVISION, THE STONE ROSES – AND MORRISSEY.

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