Michael Des Barres was a special guest at the Writers In Treatment and New Directions for Women event honoring Duran Duran’s founding member John Taylor with the Experience, Strength and Hope Award last night at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Robert Downey Jr. presented the Writer’s In Treatment’s highest honor to John Taylor during an unforgettable evening hosted by Ed Begley Jr. with special appearances by Bobcat Goldthwait, and Ione Skye , and many others.
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.
Michael was delighted to be there supporting John Taylor, his longtime friend and colleague. “John had a fantastic time, it was an amazing evening. It was all really moving and funny at the same time. Robert Downey, Jr. was brilliant and John’s speech was very honest, fun, and smart.”
John 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. Taylor said, “I won’t say I went right away [to rehab], I had to hit bottom, which meant going out and getting so f**ked up, so disillusioned by my own inability to control myself, and then surrender. Now it’s been a whole different me, and I wanted to write about that. A lot of people are struggling and a lot of people still don’t believe that sobriety is possible for them.”
Writer’s In Treatment Founder, Leonard Buschel commented, “This award recognizes John Taylor who is helping to facilitate the transformation of people’s lives by chronicling his journey through alcoholism and addiction to recovery. At a time when people suffer as much or more from the social stigma of addiction, John has come forward to champion recovery and dispel the dark clouds of superstition regarding this treatable and preventable illness. That certainly deserves our recognition, admiration and heartfelt gratitude.”
The charity event was a celebration of the benefits of clean and sober living and the importance of humor in the recovery process. All proceeds benefit Writers In Treatment’s Jewelle Sturm Memorial Scholarship Fund.