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

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John Taylor, Duran Duranandrsquo;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 andlsquo;Planet Earthandrsquo; 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.

Itandrsquo;s been a ride andndash; 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 wasnandrsquo;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 andndash;hanging out with icons like Bowie, Warhol and even James Bond; dating Vogue models and driving fast cars andndash; all the while playing hard with the band he loved. But there were tough battles ahead andndash; troubles that brought him to the brink of self-destruction andndash; 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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"Duran Duran was one of the most successful pop groups of the early 1980s and is still performing today — outliving such contemporaries as Spandau Ballet and Culture Club. Founding member and bass player Taylor delivers a straightforward look at the band's career that will be of interest primarily to its still sizable fan base and anyone who once was a Duran fan. Like Wild Boy: My Life in Duran Duran, guitarist Andy Taylor's 2008 biography, Taylor covers most of the band's high points: its groundbreaking music videos that put MTV on the map, its success in America and its starring appearance at Live Aid in 1985. But unlike Andy Taylor in Wild Boy, John Taylor doesn't back away from describing the heavy drug use that later led to his entering rehab. Taylor offers some fascinating insights into the way London's pop music scene shifted from punk rock's 'three-chord angry noise' to 'New Romanticism,' a revival of 1970s glam rock with a heavy disco beat: 'Multimedia, fashion, dance, art. We wanted it all in the mix.' Taylor also insightfully notes that the Live Aid concert — perhaps the band's peak performance — created 'an immense sea change' in pop culture. 'Things that you could get away with in 1984, you could not get away with twelve months later' as the stripped-down 'indie rock' of bands like the Smiths swept away the excesses of the New Romantics." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

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.

 

Synopsis:

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’ 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.

About the Author

JOHN TAYLOR is the bassist and cofounder with Nick Rhodes of the British rock band Duran Duran, with a career spanning three decades. In 1999 John married Gela Nash, cofounder of Juicy Couture.

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AmericanHolly, March 19, 2013 (view all comments by AmericanHolly)
I am a long time Duran Duran fan so I was very interested in reading this memoir. I generally really enjoy memoirs and this was no exception. It was really interesting to learn how the band was formed and developed over time. And, of course, the ups and downs of fame.
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AmericanHolly, March 19, 2013 (view all comments by AmericanHolly)
I am a long time Duran Duran fan so I was very interested in reading this memoir. I generally really enjoy memoirs and this was no exception. It was really interesting to learn how the band was formed and developed over time. And, of course, the ups and downs of fame.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780525958000
Author:
Taylor, John
Publisher:
Dutton Books
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
black-and-white photos t/o
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.66 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Duran Duran was one of the most successful pop groups of the early 1980s and is still performing today — outliving such contemporaries as Spandau Ballet and Culture Club. Founding member and bass player Taylor delivers a straightforward look at the band's career that will be of interest primarily to its still sizable fan base and anyone who once was a Duran fan. Like Wild Boy: My Life in Duran Duran, guitarist Andy Taylor's 2008 biography, Taylor covers most of the band's high points: its groundbreaking music videos that put MTV on the map, its success in America and its starring appearance at Live Aid in 1985. But unlike Andy Taylor in Wild Boy, John Taylor doesn't back away from describing the heavy drug use that later led to his entering rehab. Taylor offers some fascinating insights into the way London's pop music scene shifted from punk rock's 'three-chord angry noise' to 'New Romanticism,' a revival of 1970s glam rock with a heavy disco beat: 'Multimedia, fashion, dance, art. We wanted it all in the mix.' Taylor also insightfully notes that the Live Aid concert — perhaps the band's peak performance — created 'an immense sea change' in pop culture. 'Things that you could get away with in 1984, you could not get away with twelve months later' as the stripped-down 'indie rock' of bands like the Smiths swept away the excesses of the New Romantics." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

 

"Synopsis" by ,
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’ 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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