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In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran Hardcover – 13 Sep 2012
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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)
The frank, funny and intimate autobiography of Duran Duran's legendary bassist, John TaylorSee all Product description
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And I did.
I pre-ordered it and started reading it as soon as it arrived. And I was hooked!
A lot of what happened to John during the crazy days as a famous pop star I already knew about, but I did not know much about his early life, and I really enjoyed reading about that. As a music lover and singer myself, I loved how he explains how his fondness for music grows and his attention to detail of how obsessive one can get with it. I could really relate to this.
Once we get to the 1980s, that's when my own nostalgia for the good times kicked in. I loved reading about the band's early days at the Rum Runner club and their first ever appearance on Top of the Pops (which I remember well), and their early rise to fame.
But of course, fame does have its dark side. John doesn't go into too much detail here, but I did at times feel for him. It can't be easy being in the limelight all the time, regardless of those on the outside thinking otherwise. And I could not help but sympathise with him during his stay in rehab.
I enjoyed reading this, though I believe some later chapters could have done with more depth as I felt they were skimmed over a little.
A great read for any music lover and fan of Duran Duran!
Marie Symeou - author of Age of Dreams
It is an age old story. Boy driven to make music, finds he's good at it, gets swept up in the soul crushing machine that is the music industry and at some point thinks "What the hell have I become? Where is my life? There must be more than this?", falls out with band and, thankfully in this case, reconciles with band.
Many others have fallen foul of this and written about it too, but this, for me, is a better account.
This is not sensationalist or kiss and tell. I believe he making sense of extraordinary events, things that all most all of us can have no insight into, with the benefit of perspective and age. He is candid about the sex and drugs but there is a tangible sense of regret. Not from a moral point of view but of time wasted and people taken for granted.
Really worth a read for a grown up account of a youth spent at the very pinnacle of 80's pop music
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