PLAYBACK: Forty years ago, The Smiths released their now-iconic self-titled debut album. Mark Beaumont speaks to drummer Mike Joyce about the trouble bubbling behind the scenes, the controversies it stirred, and how it came to inspire and define an indie rock explosion
Rourke's death was announced by his former bandmate, Johnny Marr, on May 19. "It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Andy Rourke after a lengthy illness with pancreatic cancer." Johnny Marr, via Twitter. "Andy will be remembered as a kind and beautiful soul by those who knew him and as a supremely gifted musician by music fans." Johnny Marr, via Twitter. "We request privacy at this sad time." Johnny Marr, via Twitter. Rourke started playing with The Smiths in 1982, CNN reports.