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In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran [Kindle Edition]

John Taylor
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)

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Book Description

With a new introduction by Nick Rhodes

The talent. The charisma. The videos. From their 1981 hit "Planet Earth" to their latest number-one album, All You Need Is Now, John Taylor and Duran Duran have enchanted audiences around the world. It's been a wild ride, and—for John in particular—dangerous. John recounts the story of the band's formation, their massive success, and his journey to the brink of self-destruction. Told with humor, honesty—and packed with exclusive pictures—In the Pleasure Groove is an irresistible rock-and-roll portrait of a band whose popularity has never been stronger.

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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

About the Author

John Taylor is the bass player and a founding member of Duran Duran. To date the band has sold over eighty million records worldwide and been awarded six prestigious Lifetime Achievement awards, including ones from the BRITs and MTV. Their latest album, All You Need is Now, debuted at number one in fifteen countries. John has also recorded and toured with members of Chic, The Sex Pistols and Guns N' Roses. Born in Birmingham, John now lives between Wiltshire and Los Angeles. He is married with three children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 42666 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0142196940
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HU7NBK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,401 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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92 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a ride! September 16, 2012
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I don't feel compelled to write reviews very often. But I do tonight. Just turned my tablet off, having finished my kindle version of this book, got out of bed, it's close to midnight, but yes. That's how nice it was to read this book. OK, so you might say it's commercial. You might say he is just trying to milk the golden calf just a little longer. It might be true. Or not. I like to think not. I can hear a most authentic voice coming out of these pages - of a young man's rise to stardom and him getting totally lost. Oh so lost. The lovely part is this - there IS someone watching over us from above or perhaps it was Mom Jean's prayers that finally came through and helped him pull out of it all. This is a fantastic story how a lost soul finds peace. Despite of stardom. For those of us who has "followed" JT for many years, since he was plastered on our walls and up until now when we all have grey hairs and a few more wrinkles - well, it's been a blast to hear his voice coming through and getting to know him a little better in these pages. Well done John - that was a very good read.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! October 5, 2012
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Wow! So much I didn't know about JT! As a teenage fan in the 80's, all I knew was the poster boy clean cut image that the music magazines put out. All the while he was struggling with demons and awful lifestyle choices.
I loved reading this book, although I feel some details were carefully written to perhaps protect some reputations.
Insight into the musical process of Duran Duran was also really interesting.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars something's missing October 7, 2012
By Marjan
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John was on my bedroomwalls in the eighties. I always favoured him. Waiting for this book to come out it I read Andy's first (assuming it was going to be bad) and of course once I read Johns book there was going to be a comparison. Loved the story but once the story got to the important personal bits it felt as though there was emotion, detail and personality missing, like he did not want to write it. In Andy's book this was much more present. Do not get me wrong it is an entertaining read and when you read both books it gives you are more complete picture but you do finish the book somewhat unfulfilled, needing more info and depth!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Completely One-Dimensional December 7, 2012
At 40 yrs. old I am still a huge fan of 80's hair bands and their music, including Duran Duran. In fact, I just saw them in concert twice over the last year during their most recent tour and their performance was awesome! They're still on top of their game! Anyway, aside from their music, I really didn't know anything else about the band, so I was thrilled to hear that John had released a memoir.

Unfortunately, I was completely disappointed. I found the book to be very boring and quite bland, and not because John didn't "throw anyone under the bus" or invade peoples' privacy, but because he presented himself as completely flat and one-dimensional...never once throughout the entire book did he exude any passion, depth of character, emotion, etc. about himself, his life, or the influential people who helped shape his existance. I mean, how does one describe his rise to stardom, his mind-blowing rock-star career, his closest confidants, his bandmates, his daughter, his wife, his parents, etc., completely devoid of emotion and without any in-depth explanation??? Literally the reader doesn't know what any of this is like for John, only just that it existed in a chronological fashion.

Sadly, the book is completely unengaging and doesn't read like a memoir at all, but more like a dry, factual, unbiased non-fiction book that one would use for a research project. In my opinion, the most interesting parts were the ones that talked about his (as well as Duran Duran's) musical inspirations and how they personally collaborated with many of them.

Furthermore, I was actually kind of appalled at the way he ended the book, paying tribute to all of the other members in the band, except for Andy. This sounds silly, but reading that line felt like a sucker-punch...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fallen idol November 26, 2012
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I'd mentioned in my review about Duff McKagan's auto-biography, It's So Easy, that there are some bios and auto-bios that make me like the subject more and some that have made me like the subject less than when I'd started reading. Before I tell you which slot JT's auto-bio falls under, lemme explain a few things...

Duran Duran was my favorite band throughout most of my teen years. I'm talking pictures all over my walls, in my school books, official fan club membership, collecting their records and videos, etc. I'd even began playing the bass because of John. He and Nick were my fave least until Nick got married, then John held the title all by his lonesome. Later on, in my early 20s, my fanaticism with JT as well as the band as a whole had tapered off, but I still liked their music. The Astronaut album put them right back at the top of my list. The reuniting of the fab five...priceless! So, let's fast forward to my finding out about JT's auto-bio. My first thought was, "if there's a book signing, I'M GOING!" He came to NY and I met my bass god, got my autograph n' all that good stuff. Couldn't wait to start reading the book!


I felt like I was reading Cliff's Notes. Topics were mentioned with little or no detail provided. I'd also come away from this book feeling as though he'd taken the band's success for granted. To achieve the level of success that Duran had achieved in the 80s is extremely rare for any performer(s) and a hell of a blessing! Maybe it came too quickly for him *shrug* I'd read Andy's (Taylor) book a few months prior to John's, I couldn't help but compare the two books. Andy's won (and he'd always been my least fave member, but personality's everything and Andy has it in spades!! I love that kid now, lol!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What I missed as a fan....
As a teenaged Duranie, I was oblivious to the life behind the posters, videos and music. Now as I am an adult and reading about John's struggle with fame and addiction just makes... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
I just finished In The Pleasure Groove & was really satisfied with it. John Taylor didn't sugar coat the downside of fame, but also didn't give the impression he was looking for... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Dave Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth behind the lights & makeup.
The truth behind the lights, makeup, fashion and wild shenanigans. I highly recommend getting the audio version!! Read more
Published 20 days ago by Kirsten Daniel
4.0 out of 5 stars Good - but something mossingene
A must read for all fans of Duran Duran. But Taylor jumps a bit to fast over some of the conflicts in the bands history, such as why did they end their relationship with the first... Read more
Published 27 days ago by YBX
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any Duranie
You won't be able to put it down! It's so interesting seeing behind the scenes and more than that to see the heart behind John Taylor. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aurora
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book!!
Published 1 month ago by S. Hipp
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read!
This book takes you behind the scenes and into the life of John Taylor enough to get a better understanding of his experience in the band, and his life. I enjoyed it a lot!
Published 1 month ago by Bassman
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read!!
Wow!! just learned a lot about my teen idol. some good some bad. really enjoyed it though. definitely recommend for Duran fans.
Published 1 month ago by Cynthia kay Pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Autobiography!
Very real and honest writing. One of the best autobiographies I've read! Not wordy and droning but vividly capturing the moments that defined John Taylor as a human being as much... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kristy Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Loved the book! It is must read for any Duran Duran fan. Glad I didn't know about his addiction as a teenager. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephanie Butler
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