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In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran by [Taylor, John]
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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 "Unlike most cred-obsessed rockers, the Duran Duran bassist presents his (and the band's) story as one of substance in the service of style. And his natural raconteur's wit lends Duran's ruthless ambition some crucial charm."
--"LA Times"
"Taylor's honest and heartfelt style makes for a highly worthwhile and entertaining read whether you are a fan of the band or not. "In the Pleasure Groove" is, quite simply, a fascinating tale of very interesting man who has jammed one hell of a lot of living into his 52 years."
--Huffington Post.com
"Taylor's Insightful, entertaining memoir, the inside story of the seminal '80s band, Duran Duran"
--"Publishers Weekly"
"The book is a familiar tale of rock 'n' roll, sin and redemption, but Taylor's capable voice make this a more nuanced and intriguing memoir than might be expected."
--"Kirkus"



Unlike most cred-obsessed rockers, the Duran Duran bassist presents his (and the band's) story as one of substance in the service of style. And his natural raconteur's wit lends Duran's ruthless ambition some crucial charm.
LA Times Taylor's honest and heartfelt style makes for a highly worthwhile and entertaining read whether you are a fan of the band or not. In the Pleasure Groove is, quite simply, a fascinating tale of very interesting man who has jammed one hell of a lot of living into his 52 years.
Huffington Post.com Taylor s Insightful, entertaining memoir, the inside story of the seminal 80s band, Duran Duran
Publishers Weekly The book is a familiar tale of rock n roll, sin and redemption, but Taylor s capable voice make this a more nuanced and intriguing memoir than might be expected.
Kirkus"

"Unlike most cred-obsessed rockers, the Duran Duran bassist presents his (and the band's) story as one of substance in the service of style. And his natural raconteur's wit lends Duran's ruthless ambition some crucial charm."--LA Times
"Taylor's honest and heartfelt style makes for a highly worthwhile and entertaining read whether you are a fan of the band or not. In the Pleasure Groove is, quite simply, a fascinating tale of very interesting man who has jammed one hell of a lot of living into his 52 years."--Huffington Post
"Taylor's insightful, entertaining memoir, the inside story of the seminal '80s band, Duran Duran."--Publishers Weekly
"The book is a familiar tale of rock 'n' roll, sin and redemption, but Taylor's capable voice make this a more nuanced and intriguing memoir than might be expected."--Kirkus

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (13 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008S4FZ6E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 134 customer reviews
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oh my word, how I loved Duran Duran when I was growing up. My early passion for Simon Le Bon soon changed to my adoration of the brooding, high cheekbones of John Taylor. I was intrigued when this book came out to see what life was like in the band rather than staring avidly at them or listening to them. I put off reading it for a very long time as I thought my idol might emerge somewhat tarnished, and to be honest he does. Mind you, he could never live up to those impossible dreams. That man never existed. The book gets three stars, not because Taylor falls resoundingly from the pedestal, but because I found the reminiscences somewhat pedestrian, and as with the memoirs of most addicts, a little repetitious during the lost years of their addiction. Not his fault and I totally get it, but not that gripping to read about. I would have preferred a little less of the addiction to be honest, although I'm sure his mentions of it are only a drop in the ocean of what it was really like.
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I was expecting more soul in that book. I have never been a real hard core fan of Duran Duran so I thought that would be a good way to learn about the group and about John Taylor. I feel like I don't know more than I did before reading the book. It's like things want to be said but something or someone is behind saying "no, you better not write this" so you are left with a "something is missing" feeling. I think I've not been more of a Duran Duran fan because, at the time, they felt "too cold", too "perfect" as a band AND as individuals. I felt they were only an image (and a sound) without soul. This book just confirmed me that it's the case. Even in his emotional moments, John Taylor did not touched me in the heart. Not once I felt he was/has been in love for real, had a real connection with someone (a friend for example) or a real pain (when his mom died for example). I never identified as a kid or as an adult. I don't know him more now than I did before reading the book. For me, the book (or the person??) is an empty shell. Too bad. I really wanted to like the boo and the band, I guess after reading "Take It Like a Man" from Boy George,nothing can even hope to be as good...
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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. Good chapters about his relationship with his parents
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Absolutely amazing loved listening to every second
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bought as a present. they love it
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Well told and an excellent and interesting read.
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By Cal67 on 17 Sept. 2012
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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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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 man when I was 13/14 - I thought he was perfection!! But not only that, I lived and grew up not far from him (in Birmingham) and even had relatives who lived around the corner from him. I knew all of the places where he'd spent his childhood/teens in Birmingham that he refers to and so I could picture all of them as I was reading through the book. I remember seeing his Aston Martin parked outside his parents' house and his flat that he bought a mile down the road from where I lived! So it was almost like reminiscing on a more personal level too. VERY eye-opening book! It's a good thing that I didn't know *quite* what John got up to at the time, when I was an innocent teen fan with his posters plastered all over my bedroom walls, but reading about it 30 years later was very interesting. But I suppose, even having read the book, I still don't *quite* understand *why* John seemed intent on 'indulging' in such an extreme way, with sex, drugs and alcohol - from the word go, even before DD even became successful. I don't feel as if I have any further insight into what initially drove him to pursue that lifestyle to such an extent - more so than the other band members. Was it stress, loneliness, some void that he was trying to fill, lack of confidence, anger etc.? Or simply that he just wanted to do 'everything' that was on offer - and live out his idea of the ultimate rock star life, or even some sort of James Bond fantasy of indulging in beautiful women, cars and the finer things in life?... until it got out of control.Read more ›
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