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Morrissey to Release Cover of Lou Reed's 'Satellite of Love'

Tribute single will accompany audio book of singer's memoir

Morrissey performs in Davis, California.
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November 11, 2013 10:55 AM ET

Morrissey has had a lot on his mind these days, with his autobiography Morrissey due out in December in the U.S. and the death last month of Lou Reed. Now he's melding those two. In conjunction with the audio book of Morrissey, he's releasing a digital and seven-inch version of him covering Reed's classic song "Satellite of Love." The version was captured at the Chelsea Ballroom in Las Vegas on November 25th, 2011. There will be other live tracks to round out the mini set, but those are still unknown at the time. The digital release is set for November 29th, with the 12-inch version due on December 2nd.

Read Rob Sheffield's Thoughts on 'Morrissey'

Morrissey's last offiical release was 2009's Swords, although a greatest hits compilation, The Best of Morrissey, came out in 2011. He's been touring over the past few years, but health concerns prompted him to cancel a number of gigs. Earlier this year, he successfull got L.A.'s Staple Center to stop serving meat the night of his concert. Last month, he opened up about his sexuality, declaring that he's not homosexual, but in fact "humasexual."

Morrissey is due out on Penguin Classics. The audio book will be read by David Morrissey of The Walking Dead.

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