But sitting beside him in a hotel bar in Manchester, as he drinks Malaysian beer and takes dark-brown snuff to beat the smoking ban, I am struck by a new thought.In the barrel-chest that he holds up high; in the gaunt, boxy head with its wide mouth and narrow lips; and most of all in the nose, which is pugnacious yet honest; Smith looks rather like Johnny Cash.Cash is one of the few people Smith admits to admiring in his new autobiography, Renegade: The Lives and Tales of Mark E Smith.In the best tradition of celebrity memoirists, Smith has not yet read his book, so when I say that he cites Cash as an influence, he groans and looks towards the exit, through which his ghost-writer has just disappeared. ' Smith says of the Mancunian journalist Austin Collings, who compiled the memoirs from hours of taped conversations, mostly in the pubs of Smith's home town of Prestwich, Greater Manchester. It is more saloon-bar wisdom than standard memoir; vicious, funny and always contrarian.
Perhaps Smith's face is so distinctive, because it is always pulling in two directions; you can never be sure if it is half-open or half-closed.Before that she was married to basketball player Eric Anderson, they share a teenage son, Sam (left)Nick and Sole are faced with the daunting task of splitting up their own real estate empire, they were also at work on a new house in Telluride, Colo.The former couple also shared a million four-bedroom apartment they purchased in 2014, in the famous One Madison building on Madison Park.'This was supposed to be a riposte to those books, and a way to set the record straight after other writers have attempted to perpetrate their own story of the Fall.'Smith's idea of 'setting the record straight' is to undermine stories circulated by ex-band members (more than 40 people at the last count), questioning their reliability or sanity, while offering few new stories of his own.Smith had wanted the book to read like the autobiography of a football manager: 'like Malcolm Allison's'.The memoirs were delayed for a year, which Collings blames on punctilious libel lawyers. Yet the book is not as uninformative as Smith would have liked.He took the manuscript on his recent UK tour but became upset at the number of revelations and failed to finish it. The family moved from Salford to nearby Prestwich when he was six months old.A key part of his job, as he sees it, is to take apprentices and mould them into Fall musicians, firing them as they become complacent or take on airs.He approves of Alex Ferguson's timing, daring to sack David Beckham from Manchester United when he appeared to be at the height of his powers.Fitness guru to the stars, Tracy Anderson, 42, announced she is engaged to be married a third time - to recent divorcee Nick Riley.Anderson excitedly captioned loved up photos of her and her beau: 'Going into the week and the rest of my life with my true loves (sic) kiss!