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William Burroughs, Iain Banks, Philip K Dick, music biographies, The Day Of The Locust by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Anthony Burgess, Ishiguro, Murakami, George Orwell, Joseph Conrad, F Scott Fitzgerald, Graham Greene, Jean Cocteau, Elmore Leonard, Raymond Chandler, Jonathan Coe, Michael Marshall Smith
People like Leigh Bowery, Klaus Nomi and Robert Moog.
My new book, DEPECHE MODE: BLACK CELEBRATION - THE BIOGRAPHY by STEVE MALINS has just come out via Andre Deutsch in a revised, re-designed and updated hardback form. It takes the story right up to date with the release of Playing The Angel and their recent world tour. There are new interviews with Knox Chandler and producers Ben Hillier and Ken Thomas, to add to the likes of Daniel Miller, Alan Wilder, Flood, Anton Corbijn, Daryl Bamonte, Gareth Jones, Dave Bascombe, Sparks, Gary Numan, OMD, John Foxx, Stevo and Tim Simenon (Bomb The Bass) who all contributed to the original. Here's what the critics said:
The first major work on the band the lack of official endorsement allows a refreshing distance. Q Magazine
An excellent narrative full of intrigue and excess. NME
Meticulously researched record of an unusual group fascinating stuff.
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In late 2005/early 2006 my biography on Duran Duran, NOTORIOUS came out. Although in no way officially endorsed by the band it's the first in-depth biography on Duran Duran and both Nick Rhodes and John Taylor have been in touch to say 'thank you' for writing it. They said some nice things about it, for which I'm grateful. The paperback version came out in the summer and here are some recent reviews: It's the first ever in-depth book on the band: 'Packed with exclusive material and hitherto unpublished material . . . a gripping read' - The Sun; 'I read this with much enjoyment . . . They are such an extraordinary and so often misunderstood group' - Michael Bracewell, The Times; 'Amusingly told by Malins, nobody had as much fun in the '80s as the coke-snorting, supermodel shagging kings of new romantic pop, Duran Duran' - Q Magazine; 'Very impressive - this gives a great insight into the group' - Paul Berrow, Duran's manager until 1985; 'The research is meticulous . . . . This is the first comprehensive biography of Duran Duran' - The Guardian; 'I enjoyed this book a lot - things we didn't know before - by 1989 a failing, flailing Duran Duran were somewhat cash-strapped: Nick Rhodes' Coutts overdraft was into seven figures.' - Time Out. . . . . Also I've recently interviewed NICK RHODES and JOHN TAYLOR for their ONLY AFTER DARK compilation as they asked me to write the accompanying press release; I've written several other books including GARY NUMAN's autobiography PRAYING TO THE ALIENS; I have my own PR/radio plugging company and look after all of GARY NUMAN's press, TV and radio in the UK for his new album JAGGED (out on March 13); I've also recently been BAUHAUS's PR for their UK and European tour and I'm working with new band RUBICKS, electronic pioneer JOHN FOXX (I also run his page on myspace), producer ADE FENTON who just worked on the new Gary Numan album and MARC ALMOND who has a new album out this year. . . . . . other recent clients include Siouxsie Sioux, An Pierle, The Magnetic Fields, The Future Sound Of London, Curve, Trash Palace, Rico, Go Betweens, The Devils & Stephen Duffy.
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I just wanted to thank all the people who have bought Notorious, my recent Duran Duran book. The feedback has been fantastic and I'm very grateful. x