added: 27 Oct 2013 // by: VVN Music
Morrissey's Autobiography was an on again/off again venture right up until the day it finally hit the market but, after all the thrashing about, it has become a huge smash.
The first book ever published by Penguin Classics, normally the domain of Jane Austin, Emily Bronte and Oscar Wilde, that was not previously published has hit the top of the book charts, even outselling the latest Bridget Jones novel which was expected to be a long-term number 1.
In its first week of release, the book moved 34,918 copies, breaking the record set by Keith Richards' autobiography, Life, which sold 28,213, for the fastest selling music memoir ever.
It was Morrissey who insisted that the book come out under the Penguin Classics label and it continues to be a point of contention among purists who not only feel that the singer is worthy of the label but also feels that it devalues the imprint as a whole.
Penguin Classics is a purely paperback line, leading some to speculate that the book is doing so well because of the lower price point.
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