This is a lavishly produced photo book of the band acclaimed by many as the most important UK act of the 80s. Photographer Paul Slattery was allowed unprecedented access to the Smiths during the crucial early period of their career and this book is a permanent record of an era when their remarkable music struck a lasting chord in a generation alienated by Thatcherism. Slattery could be found backstage, front of stage and anywhere in Manchester where the Smiths plied their trade. This first ever book of his work features many photos never seen before, in both colour and black & white.
Paul Slattery took his first rock photos in June 1975, of Link Wray at the London Lyceum. Between 1978 and 1985 he was a regular contributor to Sounds magazine, and since then has photographed a veritable who's who of rock'n'rollers on four continents. His work has appeared in NME, Q, Uncut, Mojo, Classic Rock and Japan's Rockin On, and in over a hundred books. While he continues to photograph rock bands he also enjoys travel and landscape photography and is presently involved in a long project to photograph of all of Britain's native orchids. He is married and lives in Brentford, West London