Musician and author John Taylor, co-founder and bassist for rock greats Duran Duran, was honored Friday, Feb. 15, with the Writers In Treatment’s “Experience, Strength and Hope Award.”
Actor Robert Downey, Jr. presented the award to his friend Taylor during the evening hosted by Writers In Treatment with support from New Directions for Women.
Host Ed Begley, Jr., headline performer Bobcat Goldthwait, actress Ione Skye and singer Divina also paid tribute to Taylor during the event at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Also in attendance was Renew Publisher Jamese T. Moorehead, who founded Renew magazine and reneweveryday.com, leaders in promoting recovery and a lifestyle of sobriety in the publishing and online industries.
“The Experience, Strength and Hope Award” is given to well-known individuals who have written courageous and honest memoirs about their journey from addiction to recovery. Past honorees include astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Academy Award winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr.
Taylor’s memoir, “In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran,” tells of his upbringing in Birmingham, England, his years with Duran Duran, and his road to recovery.
“John, you wear your transformation like a loose garment, not like the tight spandex you wore 19 years ago,” said Downey, Jr., as he presented the award to Taylor. “Thank you for being the artist, the example and the writer that you are. You know I love you.”
In his thank-you speech Taylor said, “In some ways my life didn't really start until I got sober. My recovery isn't incidental, it's a guiding force of my book.”
The evening also featured a performance by actor-comedian-director Bobcat Goldthwait. Actress Skye thanked the evening’s sponsors, who included Alcohol Justice, Aspen Education Group and Sierra Tucson, Balboa Horizons, Betty Ford Center, Bridges to Recovery, Cirque Lodge, Coast to Coast Computer Products, Design for Living, Desert Palms Recovery, Dungarees, Hightower Intervention Services, Inspirations Youth, New Directions for Women, Newport Academy, Orchard Recovery, Opiates.com, Phoenix House, and Rally 2 Recovery.
Singer Divina performed a selection of Duran Duran’s hits, including “Red Carpet Massacre,” “Hungry Like a Wolf,” and “Save a Prayer.”
Writers In Treatment Founder Leonard Buschel said of the event, “When you have over 375 sparkling and healthy people celebrating individuals who have triumphantly overcome their battles with addiction, and Bobcat Goldthwait is being funnier than God, the event transcends the visual, and becomes about the feeling of the heart, which is love.”
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