In the Pleasure Groove

  • by John Taylor
  • Narrated by John Taylor
  • 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

John Taylor, Duran Duran's co-founder, takes the listener on a wild ride through his life. From the 80s through today, from Rio to All You Need is Now, John writes about the music, the parties, and the MTV videos that made millions swoon.
With Duran Duran, John Taylor has created some of the greatest music 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 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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A must for any DD fan!

Would you consider the audio edition of In the Pleasure Groove to be better than the print version?

Hearing the story from JT directly really brought the stories to life. His honesty and emotion really set the tone for the stories.

What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Pleasure Groove?

Finally having a glimpse into what their lives were really like at the height of their popularity was fun to hear.

What about John Taylor’s performance did you like?

Loved it. He is engaged and passionate. Great performance.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I enjoyed every minute of it.

Any additional comments?

His honesty really struck me. Any fan of the band will enjoy reliving the heydays!

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- Patti

Unflinching look at drug use and stardom

As a fan of Duran Duran when I was a teenager, I enjoyed this look at what life was like for members of the band. In particular, I thought John's look at his early life, his flaws, drug use, and recovery was both brave and honest. The central question, perhaps, is how do people retain their humanity when beset with the excesses of superstardom? John Taylor recovered his humanity, and I felt happy for him when he did.
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- Pam "Science writer in America's heartland"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-16-2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio