For such a short-lived group, it’s impressive that The Smiths are considered one of the most influential bands of the 20th century. Certainly here in East Los Angeles, you’d think they were still going strong, based on their enduring popularity. New from Rizzoli, The Smiths is an impressive hardcover which features the photography of Nalinee Darmrong, who was lucky enough to travel with and document the group on their tours in the mid-’80s. The bulk of her work seen here has never been published before, and as such, offers an invaluable look at the band’s live performances, backstage shenanigans, and even ephemera such as set lists, backstage passes, concert tees, and more. A fitting and carefully considered time machine back to a group at their peak, which any serious fan would want to own. Hardcover with jacket / 8 ¾” x 11 ¾” / 224 pages / 200 color and black & white photographs.