Original Man: The Tautz Compendium of Less Ordinary Gentlemen, created by Patrick Grant.
Original Man is a compendium of the stories of extraordinary men. From household names including Andy Warhol, Freddie Mercury, and Yves Saint-Laurent to lesser-known personalities, the 80 men presented here are incredibly diverse, yet all share entirely original lives. Featuring famous hell-raisers such as Iggy Pop, indomitable explorers including Ernest Shackleton, visionaries like Federico Fellini, and some less mainstream personalities such as Quentin Crisp or Takeshi Kitano, these biographies are as gripping as any fiction.
This book is the brainchild of UK men's fashion maven Patrick Grant. Original Man is the compelling result of his musings - a collection of portraits of men who go beyond a veneer of stylish attire to wring every last drop out of life with their actions, thoughts, or words in a manner scarcely seen nowadays.
This book celebrates those that have lived lives that are genuinely different. Whether in the life of a stylist, a libertine, an artist, or a hero, originality and historical precedence trumps prowess; the manner of their endeavors is what counts, not the end result.
Reflecting Grant's personal background and experiences approximately half of the book's notable men come from the UK, a quarter from the US, and most of the remainder from Western Europe.
Grant wishes to share these portraits to inspire readers - men and women alike -to try to live more interesting and original lives themselves.