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Thursday, 31 October 2013

History of The Blue Rose Society

On September 26th 2007, Morrissey's longtime support act, Kristeen Young presented Morrissey with 100 blue roses on the evening of her hundredth show with him. It wasn't reported as to why Kristeen had chosen roses, or indeed why they were blue.

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MORRISSEY WITH KRISTEEN'S BLUE ROSES IN SAN FRAN


In August 2011, a mysterious website called 'MorrisseysWorld' asked Morrissey fans to take either a single RED ROSE or a single WHITE ROSE to Morrissey concerts. The 'MorrisseysWorld' website explained that Morrissey wanted roses, in honour of his literary hero, Oscar Wilde, who had a theme of roses running through his work.


THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE ROSE - OSCAR WILDE


On November 14th 2011, Morrissey's tour of North America got underway, and it seemed that although a few people had taken roses, NOBODY managed to hand one to Morrissey.

On November 28th 2011, Morrissey accepted a RED ROSE at his concert in Pomona. It was the first flower of ANY variety, that Morrissey had accepted on stage in years. Fans had often taken flowers, particularly gladioli, but they had ALL been ignored.

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MORRISSEY WITH A RED ROSE IN POMONA


On February 24th 2012, Morrissey started a tour of South America, and again the MorrisseysWorld website called for roses, but hardly any of Morrissey's fans had ever heard of the website, so there were hardly any roses to be seen, but despite this lack of roses....


.....On March 17th 2012, Morrissey accepted a WHITE ROSE on stage in Bogota, Colombia. The ROSE wasn't thrust at him, he seemed to seek it out, and leant into the audience to receive it  (See here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVaezmLcyi4). Many other types of flower were again taken to the concerts, but Morrissey ignored them all, all EXCEPT THE ROSE.

MORRISSEY WITH A WHITE ROSE IN BOGOTA


In the 1890's, Oscar Wilde and his followers would all wear a GREEN CARNATION to Oscar's performances. Much speculation was made about the meaning of GREEN CARNATION, but Wilde himself NEVER publicly explained it's significance.

In early 2012, the mysterious MorrisseysWorld website formed the Blue Rose Society, choosing a BLUE ROSE as the theme. Blue roses, just like green carnations, are an unnatural flower, and they are often portrayed in literature as a symbol of unrequited love.

Word started to get around about THE BLUE ROSE SOCIETY, and more and more people started to take RED, WHITE and BLUE ROSES to Morrissey concerts. 

A MORRISSEY FAN WITH BLUE ROSES AT THE SAN DIEGO CONCERT - MAY 22ND 2012


On July 5th, Morrissey's wikipedia entry was updated, to make reference to both the BLUE ROSE SOCIETY and GREEN CARNATION, it read:

"The sign of this secret society is the blue rose; blue roses - as well as their other signs, the red and white rose - have been seen at many Morrissey concerts in 2011-2012 from the US to Colombia. The Blue Rose Society is seen by some as a reference to Oscar Wilde's green carnation-wearing followers."


That VERY evening, Morrissey appeared on stage in Liege, Belgium, wearing a GREEN CARNATION for the first time EVER. The next day, the wikipedia entry had mysteriously disappeared. Members of the BLUE ROSE SOCIETY saw this as absolute proof that Morrissey was behind the BLUE ROSE SOCIETY.

MORRISSEY WEARS A GREEN CARNATION IN LIEGE - JULY 2012


On July 7th 2012, Morrissey played a concert to a large and enthusiastic crowd in Rome. Many of the audience took gladioli, and offered them to Morrissey, but he refused them all. As Morrissey walked onto the stage for the encore, a fan offered Morrissey a bouquet of WHITE ROSES, which he accepted. Once again, Morrissey proved he wanted ROSES, and ROSES only.


On October 5th 2012, Morrissey began the US leg of his tour in Boston. Again there were many flowers in the audience, but again, the ONLY flowers Moz accepted, were a bunch of RED ROSES.

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MORRISSEY WITH THE RED ROSES IN BOSTON


On October 10th 2012, a keen follower of the MorrisseysWorld website took his eleven year old son, Kyle to Morrissey's concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Kyle took a BLUE ROSE, which Morrissey took from Kyle and wore for the whole of the encore. This was the FIRST BLUE ROSE that Morrissey had ever accepted on stage (See here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_UB-wKCcN4).

KYLE LEAVES HOME WITH HIS BLUE ROSE...........

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.....AND MORRISSEY PLACES IT IN HIS POCKET....................



.........WHERE IT REMAINED FOR THE WHOLE ENCORE IN NEW YORK

On January 8th 2013, long time BLUE ROSE SOCIETY member TRB (the writer of this blog) asked Morrissey's tour manager Donnie Knutson if he could get him into the SOLD OUT David Letterman show, but Knutson said, "No." TRB asked Knutson to give a BLUE ROSE to Morrissey to see if the situation could be changed. Half an hour later, TRB was ushered in to see Morrissey via the stage door.

MORRISSEY'S TOUR MANAGER DONNIE KNUTSON WITH THE BLUE ROSE THAT MYSTERIOUSLY GOT A BLUE ROSE MEMBER INTO A SOLD OUT TV SHOW


On February 27th 2013, a Morrissey fan called 'Vulgar' Angie from Los Angeles attended Morrissey's concert in San Diego and offered Morrissey a bunch of BLUE ROSES during the song Alma Matters. Morrissey accepted them.


MORRISSEY MOVES IN TO ACCEPT VULGAR'S BLUE ROSES IN SAN DIEGO

The BLUE ROSE SOCIETY has a BLUE ROSE RING which is passed from member to member at Morrissey concerts. It was first passed over in Manchester in July 2012, and having travelled to Edinburgh, it then made it's way to New York and eventually ended up on the West Coast of America with 'Vulgar'. 

On February 27th 2013, Kristeen Young (the possible founder of the Blue Rose Society) was photographed with the ring.

VULGAR AND KRISTEEN WITH THE BLUE ROSE RING



On March 1st 2013, 'Vulgar' was handed the mic at Morrissey's concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and presented Morrissey with the ring.  




On March 2nd 2013 at the concert in Hollywood High School, Morrissey leant deep into the crowd to accept a BLUE ROSE from Morrissey fan Devan. This is shown clearly on the film and dvd, 'Morrissey 25:Live'. Morrissey not only wears the BLUE ROSE in his pocket for the whole of the first song, 'Alma Matters', but then places it on top of the drum, where it remained.

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MORRISSEY REACHES TO RECEIVE A BLUE ROSE AT HOLLYWOOD HIGH SCHOOL (AS SEEN ON FILM AND DVD)........


........ AND PLACES IT IN HIS RIGHT TROUSER POCKET

On October 17th 2013 Morrissey launched his Autobiography in a book shop in Gothenburg, Sweden. Placed in front of Morrissey's table were a vase of RED ROSES.



MORRISSEY LEANS TO TOUCH THE ROSES IN GOTHENBURG



It has become very evident that Morrissey loves roses, and Morrissey is fully aware of the BLUE ROSE SOCIETY, he often wears shirts on stage with roses on, and even wore a gaudy BLUE ROSE tie when he accepted the 'Key to the City of Tel Aviv'.


MORRISSEY WITH A ROSE SHIRT IN HOLLYWOOD MARCH 2013 WITH ROSES IN THE AUDIENCE

MORRISSEY SHOWS HIS SUPPORT FOR THE BLUE ROSE SOCIETY WITH A GAUDY BLUE ROSE TIE

A dozen deluded fans believe that Morrissey himself may have started the BLUE ROSE SOCIETY, just as it was Oscar Wilde who formed the GREEN CARNATION SOCIETY, but even if he didn't, he OBVIOUSLY likes the idea. The question is, will Morrissey now show his support by wearing a BLUE ROSE, or perhaps even the ring?

A BLUE ROSE IN MANCHESTER - JULY 2012

A BLUE ROSE IN BROOKLYN - JAN 2013

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Day 777 - Songs of Praise

The rumours (rumors) were correct, 'The Book' is to be published in America on December 3rd, so pin yourselves down, Morrissey's going to hit the heights.

Despite 'The Book' already having gained huge critical acclaim (the critics can't quite believe that a 'Pop singer' can actually write!), NONE of the reviewers have any idea that this is NOT a straight forward autobiography. As we already know, Autobiography is intricately connected to the MorrisseysWorld blog, from the first section about Morrissey's birth, to the use of the words like 'indefatigable' (page 139), 'Morrisseyland' (page 284) and 'mesmerizing' (page 364). I am also drawn to the use of the word 'nixed' (page 391), which is a term used by the 'character' Jody Road. I still believe that one day this will all come out in the wash, and historians will be writing and talking about the genius of the MorriseysWorld blog, but whether this happens in Morrissey's lifetime or not, is in the hands of him alone. I also believe that FollowingTheMozziah will play a role (as the evidence), and the 'Deluded Dozen' will be the centre (center) piece to the story.

I may be completely wrong, but I can't stop thinking that there may well be a hidden code for the Blue Rose Society in Autobiography, and I'm not referring to all the 'rat' mentions. Broken yesterday left a comment about me on my blog saying, "he's probably looking at the first letters of each sentence and trying to find a viable message." Could Broken's throw away comment actually have had some substance? Well, there is no way that I am ploughing (plowing?) through the whole book trying to piece such a thing together on the off-chance, but maybe one day, just like with the Da Vinci Code, 'The Book' will be proven to hold a sign.

Lizzy Cat reported yesterday that Broken has been hanging around the MW chat room in recent days, but I have had no chance to l'OO'k in, as my mother (and her Daily Mail) has come to stay for the week. Having anybody come in to your home is always a bit of a challenge, but here is an example of a conversation from yesterday evening, when I was sat quietly reading 'The Book'.

Mother Rat: "Did you hear that Prince Harry has broken his toe?"

TRB: (looking completely disinterested) "No"

Mother Rat: "It doesn't say how he did it."

TRB: "I expect he was kicking himself for being a cu..."

Mrs TRB:..."Cup of tea anyone?"

Mother Rat: "Ooh, yes please."

(I carry on reading 'The Book', and there is silence for approximately ten minutes until...)

Mother Rat: "Did I ask you if you'd heard about Prince Harry breaking his toe?"

TRB: (not looking up from book) "Yes, I believe you did."

Mum: "They won't say how he did it, they just say it was a private matter."

THUD! 

Five days left, and counting. Never was I so eager to go to work as I was this morning.


Morrissey must be in a very positive frame of mind at the moment, because although 'The Book' has been knocked off the top spot in the UK book charts by Alex Ferguson's autobiography, Morrissey has issued the following TTY statement:


Chart news

29 October 2013
Morrissey's Autobiography remains the number 1 selling paperback/softcover in the UK for the second week.



Ferguson will of course NEVER become a Penguin Classic, and will also fail to trouble the American market.

Broken also left comment yesterday to say that he has another parody piece ready for publication, so I wait with great excitement to receive it, and am also waiting for the 'Exclusive' as promised by Our Mozzer last week.

And finally, as mentioned yesterday, for anybody who may be remotely interested, here is the list of all the songs in 'The Book':


1.Millie – My Boy Lollipop (Page 8)
2.Radha Krishna Temple - Hare Krishna Mantra (Page 9)
3.Roy Orbison – It's Over (Page 14)
4.Manfred Mann – Pretty Flamingo (Page 15)
5.Alan Price - Simon Smith and his Amazing Dancing Bear (Page 28)6.New Vaudeville Band – Peek-A-Boo (Page 29)
7.Four Tops – Bernadette (Page 29)
8.Plastic Penny - Everything I Am (Page 29)9.Paul Jones – I've Been A Bad, Bad Boy (Page 29)
10.Francoise Hardy – All Over The World (Uncle Ernie's Favourite song) (Page 32)
11.The Righteous Brothers – You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling (Page 42)
12.Jimmy Jones – Good Timin' (Page 42)
13.Tony Orlando – Bless You (Page 42)
14.Marianne Faithfull – Come And Stay With Me (First Purchase) (Page 42)
15.Love Affair – Rainbow Valley (Page 43)
16.The Foundations – Back On My Feet Again (Page 44)
17.Small Faces – Lazy Sunday (Page 44)
18.Sandie Shaw – You've Not Changed (Page 44)
19.Lulu – I'm a Tiger (Page 44)
20.Rita Pavone – Heart (Page 44)
21.The Supremes – Reflections (Page 44)
22.The Supremes – I'm Livin' In Shame (Page 44)
23.Tommy Korberg - Judy, My Friend (Page 45)24.Matt Monro – We're Gonna Change The World (Page 45)
25.Shirley Bassey – Let Me Sing and I'm Happy (Page 45)
26.Tin Tin - Toast and Marmalade For Tea (Page 53)
27.Barry Ryan - Eloise (Page 54)
28.Paper Dolls – Something Here In My Heart (Page 54)
29.David Bowie – Starman (Page 62)
30.Buffy Sainte-Marie – Soldier Blue (P63)
31.Buffy Sainte-Marie - Moratorium (B side of Soldier Blue) (P64)
32.The Pioneers – Let Your Yeah Be Yeah (P64)
33.Dave And Ansel Collins – Double Barrel (P64)
34.Bob & Marcia – Young, Gifted And Black (P64)
35.Springwater – I Will Return (p64)
36.Hurricane Smith – Don't Let It Die (P64)
37.Jo Jo Gunne – Run Run Run (P64)
38.The Elgins – Heaven Must Have Sent You (P64)
39.T. Rex – Jeepster (P65)
40.T. Rex – Telegram Sam (P65)
41.T.Rex - Metal Guru (P65)42.Mr Bloe – Groovin' With Mr Bloe (P65)
43.Blue Mink – Melting Pot (P65)
44.Roxy Music – Virginia Plain (P66)
45.New York Dolls – Jet Boy (P68)
46.Carpenters - Top of the World (Mentioned in passing!) (P71)
47.Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies (P71)
48.New York Dolls – Trash (P72)
49.New York Dolls - Vietnamese Baby (P72)
50.New York Dolls - Frankenstein (P75)
51.Mott The Hoople – All The Young Dudes (P80)
52.Faron Young – Four In The Morning (Dad's song) (P80)
53.(Arist not mentioned, perhaps Gene Vincent version?) - Scarlet Ribbons (Dad's song) (P80)
54.Melanie Safka - I Really Loved Harold (P92)
55.Melanie Safka - Some Say I Got Devil (P92)
56.Melanie Safka - Johnny Boy (P92)
57.Melanie Safka - Tuning My Guitar (P92)
58.Melanie Safka – I Don't Eat Animals (P92)
59.Melanie Safka - Close To It All (P92)
60.Iggy and The Stooges – Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell (P113)
61.Sex Pistols – Anarchy In The UK (P115)
62.Sparks – This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us (P118)
63.New York Dolls – Personality Crisis (P125)
64.Smiths - Hand in Glove (P148)
65.Smiths - Still Ill (P148)
66.Smiths - Miserable Lie (P150)
67.Smiths - What Difference Does it Make? (P152)
68.Smiths - Handsome Devil (P152)
69.Robert Wyatt - Shipbuilding (Mentioned in passing) (P153)
70.Smiths - Reel Around the Fountain (P159)
71.Smiths - I Don't Owe You Anything (P160)
72.Smiths - This Charming Man (P161)
73.Smiths - Pretty Girls Make Graves (P163)
74.Smiths - Heaven Knows I'm Miserable now (P172)
75.Smiths - William (P172)
76.Klaus Nomi - Death (P178)
77.Smiths - How Soon is Now? (P178)
78.Smiths - Shakespeare's Sister (P179)
79.Smiths - That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore (P180)
80.Smiths - The Headmaster Ritual (P180)
81.Smiths - Rusholme Ruffians (P180)
82.Smiths - I Want the One I Can't Have (P180)
83.Smiths - Meat is Murder (P181)
84.Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again (P193)
85.Smiths - There is a Light That Never Goes Out (P194)
86.Smiths - Shoplifters of the World Unite (P206)
87.Smiths -Panic (P207)
88.Smiths - Stop Me if You've Heard This One Before (P 216)
89.Smiths - I Won't Share You (P216)
90.Smiths - Death of a Disco Dancer (P216)
91.Smiths - Death at One's Elbow (P216)
92.Smiths - Paint a Vulgar Picture (P218)
93.Smiths - Girlfriend in a Coma (P220)
94.Morrissey - Suedehead (P224)
95.Morrissey - Everyday is Like Sunday (P225)
96.Morrissey - Last of the Famous International Playboys (P225)
97.Morrissey - Interesting Drug (P225)
98.Morrissey - Margaret on the Guillotine (P226)
99.Morrissey - Piccadilly Palare (P239)
100.Morrissey - You're the one for Me, Fatty (P243)
101.Buffy Sainte-Marie - My Country 'Tis of the People (P251)
102.Morrissey - Jack the Ripper (referred to as 'The Thoughts of Jack the Ripper') (P253)
103.Morrissey - Cosmic Dancer (P256)
104.Morrissey - National Front Disco (P258)
105.Morrissey - I Know it's Gonna Happen Someday (P258)
106.David Bowie - Rock 'n' Roll Suicide (Mentioned in passing) (P259)
107.David Bowie - The Man Who Sold the World (mentioned in passing) (P259)
108.David Bowie - Goodbye Mr Ed (referred to as Mr Ed in passing) (P259)
109.Morrissey - We Hate it When Our Friends Become Successful (P261)
110.Morrissey - Tomorrow (P261)
111.David Bowie - I Know it's Gonna Happen Someday (P263)
 112.Nancy Sinatra – Happy (P2680
113.Dionne Warwick – Loneliness Remembers What Happiness Forgets (P268)
114.Timi Yuro - Interlude (P268)115.Jobriath – Morning Star Ship (P268)
116.David Bowie - The Prettiest Star (P269)
117.Morrissey - The More You Ignore Me (P280)
118.Morrissey - Hold onto Your Friends (P183)
119.Pony Club – Single (P287)
120.Morrissey - Ouija Board, Ouija Board (P298)
121.Morrissey - November Spawned a Monster (P299)
122.Morrissey - Sing Your Life (P300)
123.Morrissey - Pregnant for the Last Time (P301)
124.Morrissey - My Love Life (P301)
125.Morrissey - Certain People I Know (P301)
126.Morrissey - Boxers (P302)
127.Morrissey - Dagenham Dave (P302)
128.Morrissey - Sunny (P302)
129.Smiths - Last Night I Dreamt (That Somebody loved Me) (P325)
130.Smiths - Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (P325)
131.Morrissey - Trouble loves Me (P342)
132.Morrissey - Ambitious Outsiders (P342)
133.Morrissey - Alma Matters (P342)
134.Morrissey - Wide to Receive (P342)
135.Morrissey - Our Frank (P345)
136.Ewan MacColl - The first Time Ever I Saw Your Face (P360)
137.Ewan MacColl – Morrissey and the Russian Sailor (P360)
138.Lyn Ripley - Golden Lights (P360)
139.Smiths (with Kirsty MacColl) – Golden Lights (P360)
140.Smiths (featuring Kirsty MacColl) - Ask (P360)
141.Morrissey (featuring Kirsty MacColl) - I'd Love To (P360)
142.Kirsty MacColl - You Know It's You (P360)
143.Morrissey - Let Me Kiss You (P368)
144.Nancy Sinatra – Let Me Kiss You (P368)
145.Morrissey - Irish blood, English Heart (P3740
146.Morrissey - I Have Forgiven Jesus (P376)
147.James Maker - Born That Way (P376)
148.Patti Smith  – Because the Night (P377)
149.Jobriath - I Love a Good Fight (title not mentioned) (P377)
150.Sundown Playboys - Saturday Night Special (P378)
151.New York Dolls - It's Too Late (P384)
152.Diana Dors - It's Too Late (P384)
153.Brigitte Bardot – Bubble Gum (P386)
154.Morrissey - The World is Full of Crashing Bores (P389)
155.Morrissey - First of the Gang to Die (P391)
156.Victoria Wood - Northerners (P392)
157.Morrissey - Roy's Keen (P395)
158.Herman's Hermits – East West (P415)
159.Morrissey - East West (P415)
160.Morrissey - Dear God, Please Help Me (P418)
161.Morrissey - life is a Pigsty (P420)
162.Morrissey - I Will See You in Far-Off Places (P420)
163.Morrissey - The Father Who Must be Killed (P420)
164.Morrissey - The Youngest was the Most Loved (P420)
165.Morrissey - At Last I am Born (P420)
166.Morrissey - You Have Killed Me (P424)
167.Morrissey - In the Future When All's Well (P424)
168.Morrissey - I Just Want to see the Boy Happy (P424)
169.David Bowie – Drive In Saturday (P426)
170.Morrissey - That's How People Grow Up (P429)
171.Morrissey - Don't Make Fun of Daddy's Voice (P436)
172.Morrissey - I'm Throwing my Arms Around Paris (P448)
173.Morrissey (not Smiths) - I Know it's Over (P453)
174.Morrissey - Scandinavia (P453)

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