“Indulgently Jake and I test how far each of us can go before ‘being dwelt in’ causes cries of intolerable struggle, but our closeness transcends such visitations.” One part of the book, published by Penguin Classics, tackles the issue of Morrissey’s sexuality head on when he and Walters are asked if they are lovers when boarding a flight.
“‘Well,’ says the woman in the British Airways lounge, ‘you’re either very close brothers or lovers.'” Morrissey writes. ’ I imprudently reply – always ready with the pointlessly pert, whether sensible or not.” Morrissey is set to launch his eagerly-awaited autobiography with a book signing in Sweden today (October 17).
"I take a lot of pride in being a pretty good singer, and songs like ' Barefoot Blue Jean Night' and ' Beachin',' where I'm kind of just talking, don't showcase that.
For the first time in my career, I feel like it's imperative for me to put out a song that offers some validity."Which is precisely the goal of his latest single.
In stark contrast to his prior singles, and to the bulk of country radio's uptempo fare, the sparse "What We Ain't Got" is an unconventional choice to follow up the Number One "Beachin'." In a format where summer songs have become as plentiful as grains of sand, Owen's "Beachin'" stood out like the hot blonde on the crowded beach, thanks to his authentic, suntan-oil-smooth delivery.
Referencing his notorious celibacy, Morrissey writes that his time with Walters saw “the first time in my life the eternal ‘I’ becomes ‘we’, as, finally, I can get on with someone”.
“Jake and I neither sought nor needed company other than our own for the whirlwind stretch to come,” Morrissey writes.
"In order for me to do that, I have to be recognized as someone that isn't just making up songs that are ditties."The fact that Owen's greatest successes have come from such breezy hits — songs that he is still proud of, it bears noting — is in stark contrast to the meaty songs and artists the staunch country fan cites today.
He shows off a text exchange with Keith Urban in which they rave over buzzed-about purist Sturgill Simpson and reveals that he cut an entire version of his album in the voice of his hero, fellow Floridian John Anderson."If you watch his sound check, like I do almost every day, he'll play a T. Sheppard song or a Merle Haggard song note for note, singing every word and sounding just like them," says Jaren Johnston, who co-wrote five of the songs on and whose band, the Cadillac Three, has been opening for Owen for the past year. He is one of those guys who really did grow up listening to Merle and all those people.""People ask me all the time, ' Why do you do this? "They all put out great songs."While fans have been responding to "What We Ain't Got" in Owen's live set — it's a lighter/cellphone moment, Johnston has observed — the reception at ballad-averse country radio will be the real test.