James Dean Is Not Dead
by Morrissey


1st edition
first published by Babylon Books in 1983
ISBN: 0 907 188 06 0
A "rather thick pamphlet" as Morrissey himself puts it, nothing new here, but Dean's obsession with death is clearly exposed. This is the first edition, pulished before the Smiths became famous.

2nd edition
published by Babylon Books around 1984
ISBN: 0 907 188 06 0
This is the second edition with Morrissey's name on the cover, repressed after the Smiths had become big in England.

3rd edition
Published by Babylon Books around 1997
ISBN: 0 907 188 06 0
This is the third edition limited to 1000 copies. Each copy comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by John Muir, the owner of Babylon Books.



"[James Dean's cousin Markie] is holding what unfortunately became of an essay written by me in the late 1970s entitled James Dead Is Not Dean yet irritatingly printed by a Manchester workshop as James Dean Is Not Dead. A dreadful heap of 70s jevenilia, the essay brought me 40 useful pounds when nothing else could, and I had no idea that it would turn into a bookish presentation that would haunt me till death's sigh."
- Morrissey, "Autobiography"