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In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran Hardcover – October 16, 2012
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—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.”
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Top Customer Reviews
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...Read more ›
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.
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 members...at 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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Taylor gives us a look at what's it like to be 80s pop idols turn into pop world's elder statesmen with surprising frankness, and without sinking into sensationalism.Published 1 month ago by Judie Liri
I grew up a DD fan back in the early 80s when there was no 24/7 news cycle & what little we knew of our heroes was gleaned from what bits of gossip you got in this or that fan mag,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by far_past_midnight
I am not a frequent reader but it is such an easy and interesting story that got me. I Recommend!Published 1 month ago by Sean Rabel
One of the best memoirs ever written. JT does a lovely job with his writing, showing his talent, honesty, pain, struggles with addiction, adventures and misadventures with Duran... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Viva
After finishing this book, I needed time to assimilate my thoughts about it. First, much like every other poster here, I was a huge fan in the 80's as a teenager. Read morePublished 3 months ago by New Mom in Roanoke
John put a lot of effort and heart into this book about the band coming up and enduring decades of music and change.Published 4 months ago by Joanna Brandt