“A first-hand account of the creative, technical, and human chemistry as Duran Duran record their masterpiece”
Ian Little, a young musical novice, lucked into minding Roxy Music’s studio while the band were on the road. By the time they returned, he had a record contract and was promoted to production assistant for their swansong Avalon. And that’s just the beginning.
Duran Duran had ambitions to become the biggest band in the world, and chose Ian to produce the album that made it happen. In Baptism Of Fire, travel with Ian and the band to Sri Lanka, the south of France, New York, Monserrat and Sydney, to create Seven And The Ragged Tiger, one of the defining albums of the 80s.
This remarkable book tells the story of a meteoric rise, making a massive hit album under pressure (encountering Bowie, Dylan, McCartney and other legends along the way), a too-much-too-soon spiral into addiction and homelessness in the years that followed, the fight to get life back on track, and the spiritual growth along the way.
With a foreword by Hazel O’Connor
About the Author:
Ian Little was found in a phonebox one or two days after his birth and adopted and raised by a loving family near Croydon in the southeast suburbs of London. He went to art school in Kingston-upon-Thames and initially became an architectural apprentice and worked with the band Supertramp on the staging of their Breakfast In America world tour. This led to working as a studio engineer on Roxy Music's swansong album Avalon, as well as putting out his own music under the name New Asia. With a growing reputation in music, he produced Duran Duran's biggest album Seven And The Ragged Tiger and the non-album smash Is There Something I Should Know. Following this, he produced an album by Sparks and worked with Belouise Some, but a spiral of addiction led to a long stint homeless in New York. His recent years have been spent recovering from poor physical health and is now back in London in the producer's chair, and mentors underprivileged young people in music technology. His memoir Baptism Of Fire (Astral Horizon Press, 2022) is his first book.