Morrissey has announced that he has canceled his much-anticipated autobiography – with only three days remaining until its official release date.
English singer and lyricist, Morrissey, has canceled the September 16th release of Morrissey: Autobiography due to a last-minute disagreement with his chosen publishing company, Penguin. According to NME, Morrissey made the decision to change publishers and delay the book’s release due to a “content dispute”. Further, a statement last Friday on Morrissy’s website, True To You, confirmed that the singer is seeking alternate publishing options, and a new release date will be announced once a publisher is chosen:
“Although Morrissey’s Autobiography was set to be available throughout the UK on September 16, a last-minute content disagreement between Penguin Books and Morrissey has caused the venture to collapse. No review copies were printed, and Morrissey is now in search of a new publisher.”
Unfortunately for Morrissey, a recent trend of strange ailments and late cancellations for upcoming events, including his 2012 tour (which he first postponed and then postponed further), his entire South American tour, and multiple televised appearances; have left his audiences less than shocked by the recent development – and perhaps under the impression that the trend is the result of slightly more than just a spot of back luck.
In fact, a recent article by SPIN suggests that Morrissey may not have ever established a concrete deal with Penguin to begin with. SPIN adds, “employees for Penguin seemed to have no knowledge that the project was happening. According to sources, nobody ever saw a copy nor is there any record of it, anywhere.” So, perhaps this last-minute cancellation is just a poorly executed, frantic attempt at back-peddling? Only time will tell.