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In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    Great Read! If you are a fan of DD then read this.

    Like most girls in the 80's, John Taylor was my favorite member of Duran Duran so when this was due to be released, I added it to my wish list and waited.

    After reading Wild Boys by Andy Taylor, I was sure John Taylor was not going to 'trash' anyone; If anyone would have done this it would have been Andy Taylor and he did not.

    As a former catholic and self-declared survivor of catholic school too, he made statements that were so true, so to the point... I just couldn't believe that someone could explain points I have been unable to explain to others for years. Great job, John!

    His relationship with his mother was so touching; his relationship (and understanding) of his father was heartbreaking, expecially in the end. After reading this book, I am sure John entered adulthood, "kicking and screaming."

    This book almost reads like a cleansing of the soul, so to speak. It explains so much of what was going on within the band and their reaction to the 'fame monster' in the eighties. Love the band - Love the book.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2012

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    John Taylor covers a large span of music evolution in this autob

    John Taylor covers a large span of music evolution in this autobiography of his life and that of Duran Duran, the rock group in which he still performs. It is that diverse, evolving story that speaks volumes for the success he has achieved. Yes, the audience may change, but the "real" audience has evolved with his talent and musical styles over the years.

    Taylor knows how to grab an audience. Right from the beginning, the reader is charged from the opening account of a concert performance in which the song "Tel Aviv" was played and Taylor confesses to being scared out of his mind at the almost animal atmosphere of the screaming, violent crowd. How does one play and what is it about the music that creates such a wild response to the group's music?

    We are then led back even further to the very start of his life, through his education, interest in music at first without any thought about actually becoming a rock star, and more. The terrific part of this next section is that he chronicles how the music evolved from simple chord music on acoustic guitar through the time of the Beatles through to rock music...to punk rock...., etc. For those who are older, it will bring back some great memories; for those who are younger, it might make them curious to check out the "older" music.

    Then comes the beginning Duran, Duran, playing as introductory music for other more famous singers and bands....then comes evolving success. Plenty of unknown and fascinating details follow about different and better instruments that were used, as well as how the other band members adapted, left, and joined, leading up to the present band members. There's a very riveting section on how drugs and booze almost blew the whole success chance out the window and a very painful part of how it broke him down. Fortunately, it didn't end there...

    Absolutely great biography about a singer, composer, producer and band leader who clearly is "passionate" beyond belief about his art. Read it and enjoy the music you will hear and the interesting guy you will come to know so much better as you read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2013

    Duran Duran was my first love for music, their music helped me c

    Duran Duran was my first love for music, their music helped me cope with the difficult life I endured.  John Taylor's posters adorned every inch of my bedroom wall.   I was 9 when I first heard their music and saw them on tv, I am now 40 and I love them even more.   To read this book brought back so many memories of good times when all my troubles were erased thanks to a wonderful band and the most incredible bass god ever!!!! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2013

    The Real JT

    Witty, brutally honest, gut wrenchingly poignant, John Taylor, bass player and co-founding member of arguably one of the most popular bands to spring forth out of the MTV generation, chronicles his life as an awkward and shy teen interested in music to being part of a musical powerhouse. Through the highest of highs (literally), to the lowest of lows, this highly readable book reveals his struggles with addiction and fame at a young age, the wild times as one of the 80's wild boys, but presented in a way that was honest and touching. Recommended for fans of bands from that era and must read for DD fans!

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  • Posted December 16, 2013

    highly recommended for fans and no fans

    LIFE is a roller-coaster. His down to earth and fun writting got me hooked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Burn

    Nodded

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Tiger

    Tiger smiles "pkay ill go looking."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Inside the mind of JT

    An amazing ride with JT. His struggles are documented so well in this book. His challenges to road of redemption and sobriety.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

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    you don't have to be a Duranie to enjoy this book. It gives grea

    you don't have to be a Duranie to enjoy this book. It gives great insight into the rock culture, thru his experiences. john is very forthcomming about his addiction and the affect/effect it had on not only himself, but the band and his friendships. its an honest look into the culture of the 70's/80's pop/rock movement. i cant wait to get the audio version, to hear his story in his voice. a great companion to andy's book.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    Must read! All new look at the JT we know and love.

    Wonderful read. Pictures are great. It as much a look at the band's rise to stardom as it is an ode to those that helped John and the band achieve their success. Beautifully honest without being overly revealing. A must read for any Duran Duran fan and anyone who loved the 80's.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    Highly recommended!!!

    John (Party Boy) Taylor from my all time favorite band, tells a wonderful and descriptive account of his life in the band and the starting of DD. The photos in the book are quite shocking and shed light on a side of JT he kept well hidden. This is a definite must read for all Duranies or just anyone who even likes the band a little.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Highly recommend - loved it!

    A must read for any Duran Duran fan. Chapters are short and easy to read - you tell yourself "one more chapter" and then relize you've read four!

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    LOVED IT!!

    AS A HUGE DURAN DURAN FAN I COULD NOT WAIT TO GET THIS. JOHN IS REAL AND YOU ACTUALLY LEARN ALOT ABOUT HIM AND THE BAND. I MISS THE EIGHTIES!!

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