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

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by John Taylor

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The deluxe eBook edition of In the Pleasure Groove includes more than 100 additional photos, 8 video clips, and more than 10 audio excerpts, providing an even more complete journey through John Taylor’s life. John Taylor, Duran Duran’s co-founder, takes the reader on a wild ride from the eighties through today, writing about the


The deluxe eBook edition of In the Pleasure Groove includes more than 100 additional photos, 8 video clips, and more than 10 audio excerpts, providing an even more complete journey through John Taylor’s life. John Taylor, Duran Duran’s co-founder, takes the reader on a wild ride from the eighties through today, writing about the music, the parties, and the MTV videos that made millions swoon. 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 summer 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 there were tough battles ahead – troubles that brought him to the brink of self-destruction – before turning his life around. Told with humor, 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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JOHN TAYLOR is the bassist and cofounder with Nick Rhodes of the British rock band Duran Duran, with a career spanning three decades. In 1999 John married Gela Nash, cofounder of Juicy Couture.

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In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
John Taylor appropriately chose to write this book, his life story, in somewhat of a journal style, but with an interesting balance of self analysis and openness. For Duranies, you'll love reliving the 80s, the photos, and the important band events as John tells them. For fans of pop music and musicianship, you will be enthralled by John's story of being dedicated to the craft and playing with some of the industry's very best. But have no doubt, John lived a life of drinking and drugging for many years, which I found to be the real reason for this writing: catharsis. He may not have shared every detail, but he gives a full picture of the depth of his addiction and the consequences. The writing style was smooth, witty (as has always been John's way,) and personal. Many times it felt like he was just telling me his story, not publishing it to the world. If you've got any interest in musicians, 80s music history, or addiction recovery, this book will not disappoint!
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
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!
Paloma71 More than 1 year ago
LIFE is a roller-coaster. His down to earth and fun writting got me hooked.
Liltwisted More than 1 year ago
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!!!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you were (and still are) a Duran Duran fan, you need to read this book! John Taylor (my all-time favorite) does not hold back on his experience as a 21 year old coping with sudden fame and fortune as a member of the biggest band of the 80's. He starts off with his childhood and goes through the present day. A great read!
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I enjoyed this uncensored autobio and put it down maybe once. As a Duran Duran fan since 1984, this was eye porn for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hesitant to read JT's book because, as a former Duranie, I didn't want the bloom to fall off the rose (for the record, Nick was my poster boy). It didn't, although it fell short in some areas where I wanted to learn more, particularly about his relationship with his bandmates during their reunion years and his experiences in rehab (I'm assuming that was by intent). Surprisingly, what I enjoyed most was his retelling of his childhood - his affection for his parents was the only thing that really humanized him for me. All in all, nothing earth-shattering is revealed, but it's a fun nostalgic read if you partied in the 80s and followed D2's career a bit too obsessively like I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tiger smiles "pkay ill go looking."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First off, I am a Duranie through and through. Having grown up with them in the 80s, I was excited to crack open this book by John Taylor as I had hoped it would give me a glimpse inside what their lives were actually like. Instead, what I got was a story that read like it had gone through some heavy editing and didn't go that far beyond the stories I already know. The writing is also pretty lackluster. I guess I was looking for a lot more dirt. John's accounts of his childhood and how the band started were interesting and all, but given that comprises more than half of the book, I was a bit disappointed that there wasn't more 'juice' in this 'tell-all' book. To be honest, I was a bit bored, yet I turned each page with anticipation that the stories of what life after stardom was actually like for them. Maybe it's the tabloid life we live in, but I really wanted more reveals. If you are a lifelong Duran Duran fan like me, you are obligated to take on this read --- just don't expect to learn more than you already know about our boys.
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An amazing ride with JT. His struggles are documented so well in this book. His challenges to road of redemption and sobriety.
lunchboxLisaLisa More than 1 year ago
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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SallyPinkReviews More than 1 year ago
Duran Duran was one of the biggest bands of the 1980's and bassist John Taylor gives readers and fans a peek at his musical influences, life in Duran Duran, and finding his own way. Expressive and poignant, John's story gets to the "heart" behind the man who continues to live a story we can all relate to. John opens the novel with life in Birmingham, England with his parents. Growing up, he was just a boy in the neighborhood, but when teenage John meets Nick Rhodes, the backbone of Duran Duran is formed. John and Nick pursue their dreams and soon the "boys next door" are founding members of one of the 1980's biggest rock groups. As John deals with fame, he comes to rely on fame's usual crutches, drugs and alcohol. His insights into the making of the first three Duran albums are a delightful treat for any fan. At the height of Duranmania in the 1980's the boy next door seems unrecognizable, surrendering to the music and drugs. John's story also offers hope that one can look adversity in the eye and overcome. He shares his choices, good and bad, and he shows us the humanity behind the man and his music. The book is easy to read and easy to relate to. Taylor talks about the height of Duranmania and the effects that fame had on him and his relationships. What I liked the most was his ability to relate a very human story behind the fame. "In The Pleasure Groove" gives you John Taylor, his way, his perspective. His story is highly entertaining, connecting on that "raw gut" level, just like Duran Duran's music.
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fan2d2 More than 1 year ago
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.