The Story of John Nightly is a novel about the nature of creativity – at the level of genius. It mixes real and imagined lives in the tale of a young singer-songwriter.
John Nightly (b. 1948) finds his dimension in pop music, the art form of his time, and his solo album becomes the third best-selling record of 1970. But success turns out to have side effects.
After a dazzling career, John renounces his gift, denying music and his very being, until he is rediscovered thirty years later by a teenage saviour dude who persuades him to restore his quasi-proto-multi-media eco-mass, the Mink Bungalow Requiem.
Tot Taylor is a writer, composer and art curator who occupies his time writing words and music and curating art exhibitions for the Riflemaker Gallery in London, which he co-founded. His musical work includes the score for the National Theatre’s eight-hour production of ‘Picasso’s Women’ as well as numerous theatre and film soundtracks and record productions. He has also curated art exhibitions worldwide. For the past fifteen years Tot has been working on his debut novel, The Story of John Nightly. Born in Cambridge, he now lives in London.
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