KINGS OF THE DARK MOON: DURAN DURAN 1981/83
Hanging Around Books' ninth release (HA009) "Kings Of The Dark Moon : Duran Duran 1981/83" is available to order now.
The book features rare and previously unseen photographs of the Duran Duran taken as they rose to international stardom during 1981-1983 by Justin Thomas.
As Justin writes:
"My first meeting with Duran Duran was on assignment in 1981 at The Rumrunner Club in Birmingham for the fondly remembered "Sounds”. I’d never heard of them, but Betty Page (the lovely Beverly Glick, Queen of all things ‘New Romantic’) gave me the lowdown on the band as we travelled up to the Midlands together; she rated them highly.
Apart from John Taylor in his black leather trousers and a frilly white shirt, they looked pretty ordinary. Their first single was yet to be released, but Simon and Nick talked earnestly about their plans for world domination as they all posed expertly in the club’s empty restaurant.
Over the years, I was able to document their rise to fame on so many occasions. From a night in Paris with a horde of ’Durannies’ at Franklin Roosevelt Hotel to another in London’s Air Studios as they recorded the ‘Rio’ album and then yet another for Top Of The Pops with a performance of ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’ in Shepherd’s Bush for the BBC cameras.
I became ever more familiar with the band when the Japanese magazine “Music Life” commissioned me to cover Duran Duran’s first nationwide tour of the UK. I vividly remember arriving at the first venue in Brighton when they were swamped by screaming fans. It was a sign of things to come as their popularity spread around the world and mass hysteria seemed to follow them everywhere."
Photography by Justin Thomas
© 2017 Justin Thomas & Hanging Around Books
An edition of 250 copies.
A5 paperback photozine. 36 pages. Digitally printed on recycled paper.
Please note: the images throughout this website are watermarked "Hanging Around Books" for the photographers' copyright protection. Purchased copies do not have these watermarks.