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In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  2,186 ratings  ·  506 reviews
John Taylor, Duran Duran’s co-founder, takes the reader on a wild ride through his life. From the eighties 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’
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Hardcover, 387 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Dutton Adult (first published September 1st 2012)
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Melissa
Yes, I was a Duranie in the 80's, 90's and even more so now. Yes, John Taylor is my favorite. I used to tell people I wouldn't get married unless I could marry John. Ah, youth!!

I knew John had substance abuse issues. I knew the band exploded worldwide and then imploded. I knew there were reunions and break ups. I didn't really expect any great revelations in this book and there aren't any but the book has is an honest account of the rise and the toll it took on him. He doesn't dish dirt about a
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Ben Winch
Rock music books are my escapism, about the only books I can read profitably on the bus, and this ghostwritten autobiography of androgynous chick-magnet bassist John Taylor is a near-perfect example of the form. Judging from this, Taylor is a straight-up dude, a kind of prettier Duff McKagan, who just wants to rock, get high and meet girls, with an occasional interlude for a mild nervous breakdown or a stint reading books in the suburbs and playing house before, inevitably, the road calls to him ...more
Schmacko
We all have our youthful music addictions; for each of us, this is a band or person or style that “changed the world.” One of my friends is a massive Beatles fan, and another cannot get enough of girl groups of the mid-60s. I was born later than they were…I’m from Iowa…surrounded by corn, rednecks, and dirt. It was the 1980s. The perfect blend of obscure cool, foreign swagger, blatant artiness, sexy women, fancy clothes, and slick music was Duran Duran.

(Apparently I wasn’t the only one. A younge
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Tracy Blackburn
I dunno - maybe I just know too much about JT already, but this book was pretty boring. He did mountains of coke, drank oceans of booze and screwed every chick in sight. He was lonely and fucked up. I think we all knew this, even as it was happening.

What I didn't find in this book were any revelations about his relationships with other people. Nothing but a few notes about his band members: he mentions that Roger Taylor is really nice, Simon Le Bon is a heart-on-his-sleeve guy and that Andy Tayl
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Amanda
I have finally finished the book. I actually finished this late Sunday night but thought a few days before writing a review would be good.

I have a bias towards John , there I got that out-of-the-way but I absolutely loved this book.

John always conveyed his thoughts intelligently when he wrote for his website Trust the Process and those of us that were living on there at the time of his departure from Duran Duran and intervening solo years always knew that any book he chose to pen would be superb
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Christie
I am a long time fan of the group, as well as John himself. I think he was quite honest about almost every aspect of his life, and then some. It could not have been easy to revisit some of those painful bits at all, but he did so with honesty and a sense of humour about it all. The part where he discovers that girls actually think he's good looking and attractive just tickled me. The beginnings of his relationship with Nick, the band, and how it took more than a couple of years to get it just ri ...more
Anna
I was a squealing, swooning, drooling Duranie in my early-mid teens and was excited about reading John's autobiography. What a let-down. It read like an appointments diary: we went there, we did this, we recorded that. I knew all that, I lived and breathed DD for five obsessed years; all obsessed DD fangirls knew that stuff. What I wanted was colour and nostalgia, the whys and wherefores behind the known events, the gossip, the anecdotes, the personal insights, the in-fighting. Instead I got a b ...more
Laura
This book isn't that well written. It's an excellent chronology of Taylor's career, and offers some insight into the founding of Duran Duran. He's very superficial with the issues he promises to address - you really don't know why the members of the band couldn't stand each other at various times. He is a little more forthcoming romantically, explaining why relationships didn't last. He doesn't really dwell on his family - he does say that his parents took their relationship secrets to the grave ...more
Orsolya
Let me make something clear: at the time of this review I am only 28 years old. Making the 1984 Duran Duran concert shirt I own, as old as I am. This means I did not attend a Duran Duran concert in person but my older half-sisters did. I was exposed to hairbands and rock-pop versus boybands (although I would argue that Duran Duran had a teenybopper vibe close to that of boybands). I have also worked in the music industry for many years: recording studios, record labels, backstage touring life, h ...more
Wendy
Great book in counterpoint with Andy Taylor's book. From shy, only child to rock star golden god in only 3 years! In what became a blind haze of touring (and touring and touring), drink, drugs and fame in John Taylor's experience, Duran Duran became one of the biggest bands in the world! As a grown-up Duranie, it is easy to see why this man became the one the girls screamed for the most! I was a Roger fan...never saw enough of him in videos...that is and was my complaint! LOL
This is the story of
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Lee
JT's heavily hyped, recently released memoir. For die hard Durannies only. It's really not all that interesting because he doesn't really say anything. He briefly mentions his problems with drug addiction and successful recovery. While I wasn't expecting any sort of lurid confessional, he really never really delves any deeper than the surface. Andy Taylor's memoir Wild Boy was more interesting, a bit uneven but a lot more passionate, and actually full of memories. For the most part, "In the Plea ...more
Cherrish
I have been a Duranie since the 80s when I first heard of Duran Duran when I was in Jr. High School. I was so excited when I heard that John Taylor had written a Memoir. So you could guess my more excitement when I received the book as a birthday present! So on New Year's Day I dove into "The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran".

As I started to read pages, they soon turned into chapters with in seconds. John Taylor takes us into parts of his private life and allows us to see him grow up
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Suzanne
I admit it. I was a big Duranie in the early 80′s. In fact, Duran Duran changed my life (more on that later). So it’s no surprise that when I heard John Taylor (my personal favorite) had written an autobiography, I HAD to read it!

I really liked Taylor’s simple prose as he walked through his past, telling stories of his rise to superstardom and all the surprises and stumbling blocks in between. He is introspective, and extremely kind in his reflections of friends, business partners and fans. Whil
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Paula
I was twelve years old and only two rows away from the stage when I collapsed at my first Duran Duran concert. Nick Rhodes with his bright orange hair and glittery sweater, actually glanced up from his keyboard. His concern only made me scramble to my feet, bloody elbows and all, and scream harder. A couple years later, my uncle who knew a tour organizer, gave me backstage passes to Power Station. But my sister who came with me because I was still too young to drive had just had her wisdom teeth ...more
Alexandra
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Darlene
I'm not even going to try and be objective for this review. I've been a Duran Duran fan for about 30 years and I read this book in one sitting. Although I thought this book was well written, I can't say whether or not someone who is not a fan would like it quite as much, but I think it would appeal to any fan of music or good biographies. There is alot about the very early days of Duran, which i've read about in articles before, but it gave it much more context reading JT's first hand account. B ...more
Viviane Crystal
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 whic
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Kristen
I love Rock n Roll biographies. I picked up this one because I heard it scandalous in the vein of Motley Crue's The Dirt.

Maybe that person read a different book.

For most of the book, I almost felt like this was being told through a filter, as if JT was recalling someone else's memories that he was not there for. He concentrated on instruments and clothes and musicians and glossed over the partying and the girls. He passed over the heyday of the band very quickly in this book, without really dip
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Alicia
I originally expected something a bit more tawdry from a memoir titled "In The Pleasure Groove." Especially from the hottest member of Duran Duran. And while it started a bit slow for me, it turned out to be a very sweet and honest account of his rise and fall and rise and fall with Duran Duran. While he is honest, the worst of it is often doled out in very small portions. But we get the picture -- he wasn't always nice to his parents, bandmates and friends. Addiction was present for a long time ...more
Tosh
For those who follow my reviews, you can gather I am a huge fan of the rock n' roll memoir. It is not really the decadence, drug/alcohol taking that I find fascinating, but the working relationship between members of the band or even with the fans themselves. Duran Duran by no means is it a favorite band of mine, yet I admire what they do, because they do it with zest and without a doubt all of them have the 'ball' in their sights.

The strong part of John Taylor's book is regarding his youth bef
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Jennifer
Jan 07, 2014 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Duranies
I really enjoyed this! I loved hearing the perspective of one of my childhood idles. Loved the tidbits and the info and the journey. Listening to this in Audio book format was a special treat as John did the reading himself.

I would recommend being near a computer while listening/reading this as it helped to see images of what John was describing while listening. (And perhaps to get definitions of the the British and/or rock star slang?) I would never have thought I could forget what the band wa
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Bonnie Dean
Disclosure: I was a huge Duran Duran fan when I was in my early teens, and was around for their ascent to, and descent from, the top of Pop Mountain. I had read positive reviews about this book so I was chuffed to read the behind-the-scenes story of the band whose faces adorned my bedroom walls. I wasn't disappointed.

It's a good and truthful account of how f**ked-up a 22-year-old man can get when he gets too famous and too rich too fast. There is the obligatory chapter on rehab and redemption, b
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Donald Lee
Nah nah nana. Nah nah nana. The Reflex....flex...flex...flex...flex. My first concert was Duran Duran's Notorious Tour. Who knew John Taylor was such a coked up, sexed up, depressed mess? His memoir looks back on how he cofounded the essential boy band of the 80s to his hard-earned sobriety and renewed love for making music. A must for Duranies and a brilliant peek inside the life of a pop star's rise and fall and redemption. Save a Prayer til the morning after.
Cassie
I was lucky enough to go to John's book signing last week in London and got a signed copy from the man himself.
This book is utterly unputdownable and I'd read it, cover to cover in just a matter of hours. No matter how big a fan of his or Duran's you are, there will be things in this book to surprise you, and if you can read the account of his father's death with dry eyes, you must have a heart of stone.
Jayne

Love this book, couldn't put it down. If you were or are a big Duran Duran fan it's a must read. It's a very honest look at the band from the inside. He doesn't throw any if his fellow band mates under the bus or point fingers. I admire that. Very easy to read. It will make you want to watch all the old videos and listen to DD greatest hits. I did.
Laurel
That's right, folks. Duran Duran. And I'm only mildly embarrassed to admit I read/listened to it. :)
anexactinglife
When Duran Duran were at their peak in 1981-1984, I was a little past my pop star crushes so I didn't want to be John Taylor's girlfriend - I just wanted to be him, LOL! (I remember taking his photo to the hairdresser's). I don't know if was John Taylor or his (credited) ghost writer Tom Sykes who did such a good job on this book, but I read it in one sitting. As you can imagine, he followed the usual rock star trajectory of humble origins, fame and fortune, a downfall, and a new lease on life. ...more
j_ay
While this is obvious geared more toward the once-teenie bopper fans, some of us simply respected the song writing and the bass playing. So on that front I would have liked _alot_ more talk about bass choices and gear and more behind he scenes in-the-studio talk.
Hell, a second Power Station album wasn’t even mentioned.

Speaking of “hell”, there are far too many “God” mentions. And from a guy that says he didn’t have much ‘faith’ in that and created his own idea of (a) “god” (which always brings
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Laura Morgan
In the Pleasure Groove - Love, Death and Duran Duran (2012) by Nigel John Taylor (written with Tom Sykes)
An Audio Book Review
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“This was a fantastic moment for hair color, as the Crazy Color and Manic Panic hair-dye brands had been launched the previous year and had definitely helped us define our look. Simon was no longer a blond, he was now a brunette, which gave an opening for Nick to go all the way blond. Andy trail blazed the black-and-blond two-tone skunk look that K
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Deborah
So as a HUGE Durannie from way back when, and in particular, of John Taylor, I was so excited about this book.

While it truly was interesting to read about him and how the band came together, and particularly what was going on in the world of pop music/New Wave of the late 70s and early 80s, this book is so horribly constructed that it definitely took away from the pleasure of learning about Duran Duran and John's life.

Rather than a complete story, it's more of scenes out of his life, that jump a
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Nigel John Taylor (born 20 June 1960) is an English musician who is best known as the bass guitarist and co-founder of pop rock band Duran Duran. Duran Duran were one of the most popular groups in the world during the 1980s due to their revolutionary music videos that played in heavy rotation in the early days of MTV. Taylor played with Duran Duran from its founding in 1978 until 1997, when he lef ...more
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“Some gangs of friends formed subgroups of five, mirroring us, where each friend could have a favorite Duran without stepping on the toes or desires of the other four friends, because if you were an Andy fan, clearly you could not be friends with another Andy fan. That would not work. You could be friends with a Nick fan, however, because there was no conflict of interest. Both friends could live together in harmony with Nick and Andy on that designated fantasy desert island for ever and ever, without a hint of envy.” 0 likes
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