Late British music mogul Bryan Morrison's memoir set for release

Mike Rutherford, Kenney Jones, Bryan Morrison and Stewart Copeland at a polo match in 1988 (Image credit: David M. Benett - Getty)

The memoir of late music mogul Bryan Morrison is to be published later this year.

Titled Have A Cigar!, the book will be released on September 19 through Quiller Publishing and will give an insight into the vibrant pop and rock music scene of the 60s from the man who represented artists including Pink Floyd (opens in new tab), T. Rex (opens in new tab), The Jam (opens in new tab), the Pretty Things (opens in new tab) and George Michael.

The synopsis reads: “When the music impresario Bryan Morrison died aged 66 in 2008, after two years in a coma following a polo accident, he left behind his unpublished memoir.

“As a music publisher, manager and agent, Morrison had represented the Pretty Things, Pink Floyd, T. Rex, The Jam, Wham! and many others. He was also the founder and owner of the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club.

“In this candid and outspoken book, Morrison reveals the true stories behind why Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd once bit his finger to the bone, the Pretty Things were banned for life from New Zealand, and he became involved with the Kray Twins.

“He also tells how The Jam kissed goodbye to success in the US, he received death threats when Robin Gibb left the Bee Gees, and signing a publishing deal with George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley as Wham!”

The synopsis adds: “Spanning the golden age of British rock’n’roll from the 60s to the 80s, this is the extraordinary story of a cigar-chomping, east end entrepreneur, with a passion for art and design, fashion, music and polo."

Have A Cigar! will also feature a number of colour and black and white photographs and is now available to pre-order. Find details below.

(Image credit: Quiller Publishing)

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The memoir from the late music mogul Bryan Morrison is to be published in September and gives an insight into the workings of the UK music scene of the 60s.

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Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.