Although Gestalten rather eloquently calls this book The Tautz Compendium of Less Ordinary Gentlemen personally I’d have called it The Big Book of Brilliant Bastards.
Because that’s exactly what it is, an extensive list of extraordinary gentlemen with words and photos telling us just why they are or were so fucking ace. Helpfully divided into definitive four sections of Artist, Hero, Libertine and Stylist pretty much everyone that you’ve ever wanted to be can be found within these hallowed pages. Given their legendary status most of the faces featured are very familiar ones though rather refreshingly author Patrick Grant hasn’t just skimmed through a load of old copies of Loaded for his iconic inspiration making for a very well thought out and balanced mix of characters. I particularly approved of the inclusion of God-like figures such as Jean-Luc Goddard, George Orwell, Malcom X, Keith Floyd, Iggy Pop, Andy Warhol, John Cooper Clarke, Quentin Crisp, Jonathan Meades and Morrissey who I’m sure wouldn’t be too happy about the appearance of a certain Charles Windsor. Though old jug ears is featured at the very back of the book so he can easily be ripped out without ruining your enjoyment of this impressively original and manly book. Buy a copy here.