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In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran

In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran [Kindle Edition]

John Taylor
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Wonderfully evocative ... an engaging read written with style, insight and, above all, charm ... he has quietly and inconspicuously become one of our greatest living Englishmen (Sunday Express)

Amusing, self-deprecating ... Taylor is a likeable and droll narrator, generous to band mates, loyal to loved ones and unfailingly hard on himself (Daily Mail)

The real pleasure of the memoir is Taylor's voice - a disarming blend of candour, warmth and self-deprecating humour (New York Times)

A captivating read (Q)

Book Description

The frank, funny and intimate autobiography of Duran Duran's legendary bassist, John Taylor

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3906 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; 1st edition (13 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008S4FZ6E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,135 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories 17 Sep 2012
By Cal67
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I too am a Brummie born and bred. It was so funny to read about John bunking off to go into the city centre. I did exactly the same and went to Reddington's to buy photos that had been taken at their gigs (I still have them all lovely cared for in my photo albums). This book is fascintating; it made me smile, laugh and remember some very good times (I must apologise now to Mr Taylor for stealing a stone from his parents front garden and also apologise for being one of those pesky Duranie's that would bang on the side of the bus). I also had a few tears because he was obviously so very lonely. Life in a band may be rock n roll but my God you pay the price. A great read and real eye opener. A must for all Duranies but even those out their that would poo poo this band i.e NME!! This band and JT's music (still got a picture on my wall) is the soundtrack of my life, DD have seen me through school, college, boyfriends, heartache, marriage, children (still annoyed I didn't get to name my daugher Rio) death and divorce. I am a proud Brummie and proud that this kid from this neck of the woods did well and I am glad he is in a good place and happy with his lot.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Candid, eloquent, stylish 28 May 2013
By Dan
So I'm not a Duran Duran fan. I lived through the 80s but I was the wrong sex (male) and a bit too young (10 in 1984).
However, I love music biogs (The Dirt is number 1, Hammer of the Gods Number 2) and so found this story of the 'good looking one' from Duran Duran. I had also read Tom Sykes' excellent Isabella Blow book and so gave it a whirl.

And its good. It's a fast read, giving you the perfect blend of facts vs. atmosphere. It would be so easy for a music biog to descend into a narrated disography and this doesn't. It captures the sense of escape that a Brummie lad felt and the pressure that global, instant fame delivered. Taylor, like many addicts, is adept at talking about himself but fortunately he does not disappear up his LA-inclined-fundament. He is funny and honest and realistic about his own shortcomings, not least that he could never have been a solo success and that his bandmates were his brothers.

You get an insight into the stories behind the recordings and how the songs were created. You are taken into the Duran Duran world but - to his massive credit - Taylor makes a clear effort to refrain from stabbing anyone in the back. And so if you want the gossip on how and when they fell out, you won't get it. He writes briefly that a 2003 reunion ended in tears but he does not tell you why. Pointedly only 3 of the 4 Durans are thanked at the end of the book.

The biggest complement that can be paid to Sykes and Taylor is that it does not feel like a ghosted book. The tone is authentic and 100% consistent. Taylor is poetic and this sense of verbal style gives the book its personality. Nice job.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough insight i'm disspointed 20 Sep 2012
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I have been a huge Duran Dyran fan for 31 years. John Taylor was my member of choice.I have seen them in concert over 50 times and still keep up to date with the bands goings on via I was so excited when John announced he was going to write his autobiography I could not wait. I have it on my kindle and hard copy. I have just finished it,74 Chapters 403 pages on average 5.5 pages per chapter !. It was very touching in parts but on the whole a disappointment.For me it gave little insight to the band and has left me with lots of unanswered questions Such as his take on Andy Taylor's departure from the band second time and why Nick Rhodes was upset with him when he returned to DD and the tensions of the bands during their reunion ? amongst many others. It shows no insight as to how he is as a Father to his now adult Daughter and their relationship over the years since he split from her mother . He does not touch on his acting career and appears to have skirted around the issues of Girlfriends Band members his Musical peers, unlike Andy Taylors Autobiography.
His thoughts of being an addict was really touching and sad being that uber famous and feeling so lost and alone (I have worked with many addicts in my time its not an easy road) and his relationship with his parents also left me asking why ?. But on the whole I felt like he did not want to hurt anyones feelings so on the issues Duran fans would want his opinion on we never got.
If your DD fan and want warts and all read Andy Taylors book, I hoped John would take this oppurtunity to refute any claims Andy Taylor made in his book but alas this never happened. It is nice to know that JT is now in a great place and happy long may that continue. As i will continue to be a fan and await the next member of DD to write their autobiography.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please, Please Read This Now 3 April 2013
By Stevos
What a top chap John Taylor is. That's the lasting impression I was left with after reading this book.

One of my friends was lucky enough to interview Duran Duran and has met John a couple of times. He has repeatedly said what a nice guy he is.

This isn't a press release for the JT Appreciation Society by the way. Just a delight that one of my childhood heroes hasn't disappointed me.

In the first few chapters, John talks us through his early life: who his parents are, where he was born and brought up, his childhood and school. I was chomping at the bit to get to the beginnings of Duran Duran, but I actually really liked hearing about his relationship with his Mum and Dad because it becomes quite important once the band have taken off.

I grew up loving Duran. The Rio album is one of my all-time favourites, and I remember how great that album actually looked, with its amazing artwork, glossy photographs and flash design.

I could remember what I was doing back in 1982, `83 and `84 when John describes the big tours. It was nice to experience, second hand, the excitement and frisson of forming a band that had captured the early 80s zeitgeist. It allowed me to indulge in some wish fullfilment for the space of the week that I was reading it. I could be Duran's anonymous 6th member.

I'm one of those who still enjoyed their music through the Notorious, Big Thing and Liberty albums. The book had a slightly edgy feel because of course I knew that at some stage, as high (in more ways than one) Duran got, there was going to be that late 80s low as they came back down to increasing indifference on the part of the music press and public.

They come out the other side with successful albums and even more popular tours and accolades.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Super item, great seller.
Published 25 days ago by Mr. A. A. Bray
5.0 out of 5 stars not just for duran fans( although its ob good for those too).
Being a Duran Duran fan I so wanted to read this book and, I was not dissapointed.
Growing up in Brim it was great to hear about allthe the things iI too did as a teenager... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Martin Ashton
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - what a life!
I did find this a gripping read and couldn't put it down - I read the book in two days! Of course like many teenage girls, I loved DD in the early 80s and John Taylor was my dream... Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written and engaging book
Excellent book! I grew up with their music, so knew a lot about them aleady, but from Johns perspective, which I found to be a balanced viewpoint - and brutally honest at times, I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by DJFunkman
5.0 out of 5 stars JT rocks!
Having been a massive fan of Duran Duran in the 80's (not a mis-spent youth...I thoroughly enjouyed it!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rainey
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
Found it thorough and authoritative. Mr Taylor really shows his passion for his job and his family. Time Mr Le Bon told us his story methinks.
Published 3 months ago by Gavin William Harvey
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have gone further/deeper
Loved Duran Duran and still do. Read this book wanting a insight into their rise, and the fall outs etc. I just thought that JT was holding back throughout! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dibbsy
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Want This Book To End.....Loved It...
I read this book in a day and a half..i could not put it down..
I'm a massive music fan and although i was only 8 when DuranDuran were entering stardom i was very musically... Read more
Published 4 months ago by dave
5.0 out of 5 stars A huge must for any duranie
As a huge Duran fan & in love with John Taylor. This book took me back to my teenage years and those days of waiting to see your idol on tv or the next records on the radio. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Miss Tracey Clucas
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
A very entertaining an informative glimpse into the career path of one of the industry's best bass players. Frank at times, and funny at other - I fully recommend it!
Published 7 months ago by KP
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