New American Library (NAL), an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced today the publication of a new memoir by Dave Stewart, co-founder of the groundbreaking pop-rock duo Eurythmics. NAL Executive Editor Jennifer Schuster acquired World Rights to the book. NAL will publish the book in hardcover on February 9, 2016 with a foreword by Mick Jagger.
In a memoir by turns intimate, wild, reflective, and revelatory, the prolific performer, songwriter, and producer best known for the international hit “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” looks back on a career that has spanned three decades and more than 100 million album sales. SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS: A Life in Music is the only memoir published by a member of Eurythmics and includes never-before-seen photos.
Says Stewart, “It has been a mind-blowing experience looking back on all of these adventures and wondering how I managed to survive a lot of them. Just writing about the wild things that happened to me back in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s was exhausting. Mind you not much has changed! I must have taken a busy pill somewhere along the ride.”
With a songwriter’s rhythmic grace, a performer’s sense of adventure, and a producer’s astute sense of perspective, Stewart opens up about his little-known five-year relationship with Annie Lennox before Eurythmics; their development into one of music’s most successful and long-lasting creative partnerships; and the story behind their numerous worldwide smash hits including “Here Comes the Rain Again,” “Would I Lie to You,” “Missionary Man,” and the evergreen “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).” Stewart’s adventures outside Eurythmics are no less epic: he recalls here collaborating, recording, and creating havoc with legends like Bono, Mick Jagger, Tom Petty, and Stevie Nicks, as well as relative newcomers like Katy Perry and Joss Stone. These partnerships generated not just amazing music-including Tom Petty’s “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” No Doubt’s “Underneath It All,” and Mick Jagger’s “Old Habits Die Hard”-but also amazing and amusing stories. Stewart recounts high-octane adventures with Nicks, Daryl Hall, and Bob Dylan, among others, sharing his life in candid detail: from signing with Elton John’s label in the 1970’s and failing spectacularly; to the mind-bending experience of touring the world as one of the biggest pop stars alive in the 1980’s; and all the sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll along the way. Throughout, Stewart paints an atmospheric portrait of a golden age in music.
What emerges in SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS is a compelling profile of a brilliant creative mind and a voyeuristic peek into the frenetic but never boring life of a “musician’s musician” (Rolling Stone). Stewart’s anecdotes reveal how a musical genius parlayed his creative talents into cutting-edge business ventures; and how an 80’s frontman who shocked the world with a crazy new sound matured into a global innovator, a powerful behind-the-scenes force in the music business, and one of its most enterprising and respected artists.
Adds NAL’s SVP, Publisher Kara Welsh: “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This is a rollicking ride through the 80’s: a colorful story that only a creative genius and true rock ‘n’ roller like Dave could have lived-and then retold-with such joy and energy.”
Beyond his creative work as a musician, Stewart has many successful and wide-ranging endeavors. He introduced innovative thinking and game-changing fundraising methods to Nelson Mandela, and founded new ventures, including First Artist Bank, an artist-centered bank serving the global creative community, and The Hospital Club, a sanctuary for artists and technologists to collaborate. Stewart created and is co-executive producer of NBC’s Songland, an upcoming competition show for songwriters. He is also an investor and Creative Director for the creative social network Talent House.