Rocker Morrissey has branded bosses of his former record label Harvest "cheap" for asking him to read extracts from his memoir to promote a new album.
In a furious statement, titled Please Close The Door Behind Me, the former The Smiths frontman blasted company chiefs over his short-lived deal, slamming it as "sorrily botched" and accusing them of fostering an atmosphere of "mutual mistrust" and "fashionable pessimism".
He also blames them for failing to promote his new record, World Peace Is None of Your Business, with traditional promo films, and accuses the company of "beheading" him by ending their deal weeks after the album was released last month (Jul14).
In a lengthy statement, the Suedehead hitmaker blames the downfall of his deal with the company on a suggestion that he should read extracts of his bestselling memoir, Autobiography, to promote the album.
Morrissey writes, "In response to 77 million questions I can only say this much on the subject of the Harvest drama. It is quite true that Harvest initially appeared like a saintly beacon of light... It all seemed too good to be true. It was...
"The label suggested I come to Los Angeles and read passages from Autobiography in front of selected audiences. As frightening as that idea was, I hung on, desperate to believe that Harvest were not as cheap as they now looked...
"Mutual mistrust exploded between Harvest and I, and with fashionable pessimism, the label boss yawned and ordered the surface smartness of dropping World Peace is None of Your Business three weeks after its release. There, now! This would not have happened to the Teletubbies.
"Sorrily botched the project may now be, but it's worth it to get Morrissey out of our Inbox. Yes, I can be intensely persistent, and I certainly have an over-active fantasy-life, but the Harvest experience tells us that despite the blinding flash of teeth and smiles, it doesn't take much for the coin to flip and suddenly we're all compromised and shattered."