Strangeways, Here He Comes: 'Shoplifters of the World' Director Comes to Rhino Podcast

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This week, the Rhino Podcast welcomes a familiar voice to listeners of the most recent episode of the Totally 80s Podcast: Stephen Kijak, the writer/director of the new film Shoplifters of the World.

On the newest episode, Kijak and host Rich Mahan discuss all things related to The Smiths, one of England's best-loved rock bands of the '80s. It's, of course, a fitting topic for the director, as Shoplifters of the World is a love letter to the band, as filtered through the lends of an American fan so distraught over their breakup in 1988 that he takes over a radio station in protest.

The duo discuss at length Kijak's own history as a filmmaker (he's worked on documentaries about The Rolling Stones, the Backstreet Boys and more), the facts behind the story of the film, and the impact Morrissey and Johnny Marr, had on a generation of rockers - plus his honest thoughts if the long-estranged duo would ever set aside their differences and perform again.

Listen to it right here or wherever you get your podcasts!

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