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Shoplifters of the World: Influential Artists


Ever wonder what has inspired the musicians you love?  Morrissey has never been shy about disclosing his influences, from Oscar Wilde to David Johansen to Shelagh Delaney.  Last August Morrissey revealed his 13 all-time favorite albums to The Quietus, an online music magazine.  Here are some that you can find in the New York Public Library’s amazing music collections.

New York Dolls: New York Dolls

Ramones: Ramones

Patti Smith: Horses

Nico: Chelsea Girl

Iggy and the Stooges: Raw Power

The Velvet Underground: White Light/White Heat

The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground and Nico

Roxy Music: For Your Pleasure

Jeff Buckley: Grace

In turn, Morrissey and his former band, The Smiths (Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, Mike Joyce), have influenced many bands, including Belle and Sebastian, Oasis, and The Stone Roses, just to name a few.  Douglas Coupland's 1998 novel Girlfriend in a Coma takes its title from the Smiths song of the same name, from the band's last album, Strangeways, Here We Come


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The Smiths

Don't forget Craig Gannon!

Craig Gannon

You are quite right, Philip! Craig Gannon contributed to a couple of my favorite Smiths songs, including "Half a Person." Thanks for commenting!

The Smiths rock!

The Smiths rock!

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