"I have felt alone all my life." Dale Hibberts
story reads like a song by The Smiths, which might not be a coincidence.
His mother died when he was eight days old. He was a latch-key
kid. He has married four times and has eight children. He has died
twice. He is a depressive. He has been penniless. But he has also
been a musician, producer, sound engineer, a millionaire and the
owner of night clubs, cafés and successful businesses. He
has lived in a car, and a mansion.
Hibbert was a member of The Smiths during their early days and
privy to the dreams and outlandish ideas of young Morrissey and
Marr. As the bass player and engineer at their first recording sessions,
he helped shape their sound. With Morrisseys arms around his
waist, they rode the streets of Manchester.
Hibbert gives a compelling insight into the rain-swept, working
class life that fuelled the creativity of The Smiths. He was also
a witness to the Manchester music scene of the late-1970s and early-1980s
that spawned, among others, Joy Division, Buzzcocks and The Fall.
All those people, all those lives, as Steven (Dont
call me Steve!) Patrick Morrissey once said.
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