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John Taylor , Tom Sykes
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13 Sep 2012

With Duran Duran, John Taylor has created some of the greatest songs 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 spring 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 he faced tough battles ahead - troubles that brought him to the brink of self-destruction - before turning his life around.

Told with humour, 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.


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  • Hardcover: 409 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; 1st edition (13 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751549045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751549041
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.6 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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

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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
Format:Hardcover
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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough insight i'm disspointed 20 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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 Duran.com. 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
Format:Hardcover
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 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 2 months ago by KP
5.0 out of 5 stars Took me right back to teen me!
Read this on one sitting when I'm sure adult me should have been doing something else but teen me won! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Treeza
5.0 out of 5 stars John Taylor
My sister used to really like John Taylor so this book was an obvious choice for her. She read it in two days and found it very interesting.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs D Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Sean Ó Dúgáin
Sadly this book appears to have been aimed at a particular demographic, ie 40 something ladies who just want a piece of John. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. R. Chawla-duggan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but Andy Taylor's just pips it to the post.
Having read both back to back I read this one first and whilst it's a great account of his life, Andy's gies just that little bit further
Published 3 months ago by Amanda Huggenkiss
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect gift for a friend
She loves this book and it brings back fond memories for her being such a Duran Duran and John Taylor fan
Published 3 months ago by Mrs P
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply plain boring
During the Xmas holidays I started reading some biographies and this is the worst by far. John Taylor appears to be self absorbed and significantly immature. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Culture Enthusiast
5.0 out of 5 stars Interest
Fascinating insight and more into the music industry and goings on in the period from the late seventies to current dag
Published 3 months ago by Fiona Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars More Pain Than Pleasure
I didn't want to read a typical rock star's cliched tale of 'sex drugs and rock and roll' and Nigel John Taylor did not disappoint. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rubymay
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but ran out of steam towards the end
In The Pleasure Groove is a standard autobiography, structured chronologically with short, snappy chapters. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sue Denham
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