- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Sphere (25 April 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0751549037
- ISBN-13: 978-0751549034
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3 x 19.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran Paperback – 25 Apr 2013
|New from||Used from|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.
More About the Author
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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The frank, funny and intimate autobiography of Duran Duran's legendary bassist, John TaylorSee all Product Description
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Whether it's recounting life as an only child, his burgeoning friendship with Nick Rhodes and their jaunts around Birmingham soaking up the music which would inspire and inform their later work, he manages to paint a vivid picture of the fashion, music and culture of the time and how it influenced his career. The writing is a cut above workmanlike, flows smoothly and makes you feel like you're right there alongside him for the ride. Inevitably, Duran Duran looms large and he manages to capture the atmosphere around a band embarking on a meteoric rise to fame and the realities of trying to deal with its pitfalls when it's been achieved. His descriptions of their maiden voyage to New York and the recording of Seven And The Ragged Tiger capture these polar opposites brilliantly.
Unfortunately, as the group's success dries up, so does the quality of the prose and seemingly John's enthusiasm. Details become sparse and events are glossed over. The most glaring example is his account of the reunion, which is dismissed in just a couple of pages. One minute they've reformed, the next Andy has left. "Differences" is all we're offered by way of explanation. This type of vagueness mars the book towards the end. It all feels slightly rushed and fizzles out to some degree.
No matter, that is not enough to spoil what is, for the most part, a very engaging and enjoyable read. It succeeds as both a record of his life and the music which shaped it.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sounds strange but I expected more about the playboy lifestyle and a bit more than the shenigans of one of the top groups in the eighties. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jambro
A thoroughly good read, enjoyed all the ups and downs and happy ending!!!Published 1 month ago by Amelahc
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this. Interesting insight into the band through the decades and honest about his contributions and failings. Read morePublished 4 months ago by veeb
This made a very interesting change from reading theological books, but that's what happens when Pastors go on holiday! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Keith Plant
Absolutely blinding book, a young man thrown into hysteria. I've been a fan of the band since 82, transparent and absorbing a must read for the everyone who love music and the guys... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael Noy
anyone who lived through the 80's will love this raw inside look at fame before the internet! I was moved by John's honest account of his feelings and demons, I was weeping by the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dementia29