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Emotional Places: The Role of Affect in the Relocation of Mancunian Melancholia

  • Georgina Gregory
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Abstract

The scene in Los Angeles described above, could hardly be further from the music’s place of origin in the north of England where, due to the autobiographical character of much of his song writing, the music of the Mancunian songwriter Morrissey features multiple references to localities drawn from his native city. Morrissey rose to fame during the 1980s with his band the Smiths and subsequently pursued a solo career. Despite living for many years in Los Angeles and Rome, he is forever conflated with the city of Manchester. Indeed Morrissey’s association with Manchester, referred to by O’Hagan (2007) as ‘poetic provincialism’, exemplifies the use of location as a source of identification. In addition to numerous allusions within song lyrics, the Smiths’ record cover art also included signifiers relating to Manchester and northern England.

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Popular Music Song Lyric Global Marketing Marketing Executive Stage Persona 
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