• In the Pleasure Groove

  • Love, Death, and Duran Duran
  • By: John Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Taylor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-13-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

With Duran Duran, John Taylor has created some of the greatest songs of our time. 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 spring 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 he faced tough battles ahead - troubles that brought him to the brink of self-destruction - before turning his life around. Told with humour, honesty and hard-won wisdom, and with a PDF of 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. Read by the author.
©2012 John Taylor (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jared on 10-05-12

Funny, entertaining and well worth a listen

Any additional comments?

Aswell as being a very entertaining listen, this book gives an insight into the beginnings of Duran Duran and also the music scene at the time which is interesting to hear in itself. John Taylor has done a great job.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Monica on 11-05-12

A boy who became a Man !

What made the experience of listening to In the Pleasure Groove the most enjoyable?

Te possibility of carring the author's voice with me, made me feel closer of him. Technically the possibility of slow down the speed of the speech was amazing, I am not an English Native Speaker, so it helped a lot my comprehention.

What did you like best about this story?

I love Duran Duran, and the stories made me understand a lot of things, facts and even the choices the musicians did all along the way. I had an opportunitty to talk to him once, and my big surprise was: Me...Beeing a Brazilian, full of energy, smiles and tenderness , well I felt something strange in the way they behaved, a little distant and cold, but polite, of course, that day I realised, OH...This could be their English way ...And reading the book this became clear to me! In his own words..."very English" !

What does John Taylor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The voice, the intention , the emotional colours inside the facts, the entonation... Specially when he mention his father talking...I almost could see JT's Father in front of me!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES ! But Well, I prefer to keep new material to be discovered slowly, because when I finnish a good story like this , i will sure miss the habit of having that as a part of my day.

Any additional comments?

I would like to translate it and record it to Brazilian Portuguese, I work doing it.If there's any interest I will be glad to help. Brazilians love JT, and this could be a new way of reach new public, who prefere to listen Bios like this one, but in Portuguese.

P.S. I would love to listen to the ANDY TAYLOR`S ( Wild Boy, my life in Duran Duran ) book as well, I had read it , but listen to it will be an amazing form of complement this JT story !

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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 10-22-12


This was my first audible purchase, and what a purchase! I loved every second of having JT read to me. Like other reviewers I would have liked to hear more about 1998 onwards, but he writes very movingly on the later years and eventual passing of his parents.

Would recommend to anyone with a love of the eighties, Duran Duran or JT. It's a great book!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Matt on 10-01-12


All the better for being read by the author. The roller coaster ride, the predictable crash and the climb back again are truly LIVED by the lsitener.

John's five years older than me, so I was a fan, back in the day, rather than a true contempory and his immersion in 70's music was more complete than mine - especially as he grew up near Birmingham and I did so in Devon. Still, I could relate to all the situations in which the author found himself and ended up really liking him.

I would've liked to have heard more about 1998 - 2012, but I guess the really exciting and life-altering stuff was done by then.

John's account of the slow passing of his father is truly moving and left me with a tear in my eye.

This guy is one of the true creative talents of the music of my youth and I would reccomend this book to anyone who was in their teens in the early 80's.

I hope that John found this as liberating as I found insightful.

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