In the Pleasure Groove

In the Pleasure Groove

Love, Death & Duran Duran

Book - 2012
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John Taylor, Duran Duran's co-founder, takes the reader on a wild ride through his life. From the eighties through today, from Rio to All You Need is Now, John writes about the music, the parties, and the MTV videos that made millions swoon.

With Duran Duran, John Taylor has created some of the greatest music of our time. From the disco dazzle of debut single 'Planet Earth' right up to their latest number one album, All You Need is Now, Duran Duran has always had the power to sweep the world onto its feet.

It's been a ride - and for John in particular, the ride has been wild, thrilling... and dangerous. Now, for the first time, he tells his incredible story. A tale of dreams fulfilled, lessons learned and demons conquered.

A shy only child, Nigel John Taylor wasn't an obvious candidate for pop stardom and frenzied girl panic. But when he ditched his first name and picked up a bass guitar, everything changed. John Formed Duran Duran with his friend Nick Rhodes in the summer of 1978, and they were soon joined by Roger Taylor, then Andy Taylor and finally Simon Le Bon. Together they were an immediate, massive global success story, their pictures on millions of walls, every single a worldwide hit.

In his frank, compelling autobiography, John recounts the highs -hanging out with icons like Bowie, Warhol and even James Bond; dating Vogue models and driving fast cars - all the while playing hard with the band he loved. But there were tough battles ahead - troubles that brought him to the brink of self-destruction - before turning his life around.

Told with humor, honesty and hard-won wisdom, and packed with exclusive pictures, In the Pleasure Groove is a fascinating, irresistible portrait of a man who danced into the fire... and came through the other side.
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, ©2012
ISBN: 9780525958000
Branch Call Number: 787.87092 TAY 2012
Characteristics: 387 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Sykes, Tom 1974-


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Sep 25, 2013

Unsurprisingly, it wasn't well written, but Taylor's gleeful descriptions of meeting his own musical idols were fun to read. This memoir only skims the surface of the real story, but rabid Duran Duran fans will find much to enjoy (not least the numerous photos).

Feb 10, 2013

Starts off really strong with Taylor recounting early years in the Catholic church. Page turner, yet a chaotic blur of Duran Duran's rise to fame. Taylor's relationship with the Catholic church comes full circle as he has no choice but to find God to deal with demons.

Jan 09, 2013

Don't read this if you are looking for 'dirt'. John is at a point of looking at his experience as a member of this iconic group from a point of gratitude and doesn't dish any smut. Great read.

ehbooklover Jan 07, 2013

My bedroom walls were plastered with Duran Duran posters ripped out of the pages of Teen Beat and Tiger Beat magazines as a teen in the 80s so it’s really no big surprise that I decided to read this autobiography. What did surprise me was how much I actually enjoyed reading it. An interesting behind-the-scenes look at the band’s rise to fame, plus their subsequent break ups and reunions. All of this is accompanied by lots of photos. A must-read for any fellow Duranies!

mybibliothike Nov 18, 2012

As a teenage fan in the 80's, I HAD to read this book! Whilst you learn a lot about John's life, it is not a tell-all book, about himself nor fellow band members. Although he was forthcoming with his confessions of drug use, the book lacked detail in all other aspects of his life... He glossed over quite a bit. I also wished it had been set out in an easier to follow chronological order. I often didn't know what year he was writting about. Having said all that, all Duran Duran fans will enjoy it!

Nov 12, 2012

Overall a fairly good read, although I found it lacking in details. It gives a general overview into his life and account of the band's rise to fame.

Chapters that are far too brief seemed rather odd to me. A short chapter now and then is fine, but most were only 2 pages! I respect that he didn't want to write a tell all, however there are too many stories that are not flushed out. It seems more like a collection of unfinished short stories that don't have much connection to each other.

I did appreciate the insight into his life with his parents, which was something that he hasn't talked much about in the past. I do respect that he looked for the good to say about his past relationships, rather than trash people.
I'm glad he wrote it and I appreciate the insights he did share, however I thought it could have been done better.

LocketLibrarian Nov 02, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed this.

As an original Duranie in the 80s, with many pictures stolen from Tiger Beat all over my Chandlers, I loved this band. I did change my alliances from Nick to John and back again a few times, and until Nick writes a book, I am back to being a John girl.

All that being said, here are my quibbles:
-I want more dirt. We had maybe 4? girlfriends named, and nothing bad said. We have Andy Taylor out of the band, and no substantial reasons. John didn't need to follow Gene Simmons' lead and give us every detail, but throw us a bone.
-I want more pictures. For a band who succeeded in visual media as much as in music, show me shots from the videos, show me the evolution of the album covers. I remember a lot, but I want to see.
-I felt the last 10 years were a bit rushed. Granted, most of us read this to learn about the Birmingham days, but I would have liked more about his life now.

Beyonkers Oct 17, 2012

Loved this book, a really good read. John gives great insight into his life as part of Duran Duran. A full account of his rise to fame and the bits that come afterwards... Sex, Drugs, Partying, Love, Family and death are all included - A brilliant book not just for duranies. :)

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