James Dean

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The video for Suedehead was filmed in Dean's hometown - Fairmount, Indiana.
The cover star of Bigmouth Strikes Again.
Morrissey wrote James Dean Is Not Dead in 1981.

From The Morrissey Collection - Smash Hits (June 21 - July 4, 1984):

"I saw Rebel Without A Cause quite by accident when I was about 6. I was entirely enveloped. I did research about him and it was like unearthing Tutankhamun's tomb. His entire life seemed so magnificently perfect. What he did on film didn't stir me that much but as a person he was immensely valuable. Everything from his birth in a farming town to coming to New York, breaking into film and finding he didn't really want it when he had enormous success. At school it was an absolute drawback because nobody really cared about him. If they did, it was only in a synthetic rock and roll way. Nobody had a passion for him as I did — for that constant uneasiness with life. Even though he was making enormous strides with his craft, he was still incredibly miserable and obviously doomed. Which is exactly the quality Oscar Wilde had. That kind of mystical knowledge that there is something incredibly black around the corner. People who feel this are quite special and always end up in quite a mangled mess."

Image used as a backdrop circa 2007-2008:

A childhood photo of Dean was used on tour passes & drum header in 2012:

A Morrissey & Dean montage was used as a backdrop in 2019, using a still from Rebel Without A Cause (1955). Morrissey replaces Corey Allen in the image:

Image used as backdrop during "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful" in 2022. James Dean on The Stu Erwin Show (S2.E8 Jackie Knows All, Dec. 7, 1951).

Image used as backdrop during "Some Say I Got Devil" in 2019.

Image used on a Crew shirt - observed on 3rd leg of 2022 tour (at The Magnolia):

Image featured on 2018 tour poster:

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James Byron Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955) was an American actor. He is remembered as a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), in which he starred as troubled teenager Jim Stark. The other two roles that defined his stardom were loner Cal Trask in East of Eden (1955) and surly ranch hand Jett Rink in Giant (1956). After his death in a car crash on September 30, 1955, Dean became the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his role in East of Eden. Upon receiving a second nomination for his role in Giant the following year, Dean became the only actor to have had two posthumous acting nominations. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked him the 18th best male movie star of Golden Age Hollywood in AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars list.