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
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.
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.
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" !
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!
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.
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 !
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!
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.
I love biographies but some can be just self indulgent me me me! This however is a really, really good read. You don't have to be a Duran Duran fan to enjoy this book. It is an honest account of becoming a 'popstar' and all the stuff that comes with it , some good, some not so good.
The story really flows and was beautifully read by the author himself. He had an excellent way of changing his voice just slightly to become his Dad, his Mum, Simon "Charlie" Le Bon, in fact all the characters in the book. Cleverly done. I hope this isn't a one-off. He has the talent for writing. Fiction next time ? Looking forward to it !
Took me back to my youth, didn`t answer all the questions about the comings & goings of ex band members but enjoyed it very much. How many of us wished we could of spent the eighties living like this?
"What a joy for Duranies"
If like me you were a Duranie back in 1981 you will love this! For a few days whilst listening to this I was 13 years old again, reliving my youth and listening to the DD back catalogue. This is really well read by John Taylor (always my favourite) and really transported me back to the 80s. The best part is definitely the early days - John growing up in Birmingham and forming the band with Nick Rhodes. His memories of his parents are really moving and he comes across as a genuinely nice guy. It is ultimately a positive, uplifting autobiography and if like me you are feeling a little old these days it will definitely cheer you up !
"Not only the Duranies like me will enjoy this!"
Duran fans will love this - although, to be fair, it is a good read/listen for anyone so don't write it off!
JT has had a roller coaster life and it's great to get this insight - what a rascal but what fun he had!
I love it when the author narrates - the nuances in their voice brings the words to life as you almost see their memories flash in front of their eyes as they read!
"A Mundane Journey"
I am surprised by the generally high praise for this book. I found it really quite boring. In my experience of audiobooks it is a mistake when the author narrates and potentially brilliant stories just become very prosaic. John Taylors life in this telling is just not very compelling. He's a very average guy with a very average story. An example of a great book about a musician and the music industry is Dear Boy - The Life Of Keith Moon. The world described in the book is fresh, compelling and immersive. Taylors retelling of his life just doesnt illicite any strong emotions about him. You feel rather flat after reading the book and for a life which must have extraordinary moments of pleasure and adrenaline I didnt experience of this from his story.
"If you like Duran Duran or the 80's..."
...you'll like this book. Lot's of new bits and bobs for fans to get their teeth into especially their relationship with, and early management and investment by the Rum Runner owners. Interesting details about Andy Taylor's split with the band and the issues with Seven And The Ragged Tiger (which gets a bad press but is IMO up there with Duran, Rio and Notorious - Arena was live so it doesn't count!). Really nice family stuff about the relationship with his Mum & Dad. Nothing too taxing.
"An awesome listen for Duran fans"
As a "Duranie" growing up this Audible listen brought back some good memories (and some not so good) of my formative teenage years. I learnt that JT was born and raised Catholic and that he loved his parents terribly. He tells of his drug use and his alcoholism in a frank way and of his blended family with his wife (the boss of Juicy Couture) children and step children.
I enjoyed listening to In The Pleasure Groove and finding out facts that, as a teenager, would have elated me and also made me cry.
I found this an interesting listen and became irked having to pause it.
"Honest but not very endearing"
I enjoyed this book, appreciating the insight into the life of a member of one of the 80's biggest bands, Duran Duran. John tells his story, warts and all, no sugar-coating about either himself or others. In fact, it got to a stage in the book where i really loathed him. However, as the story went on and he came to the stage of his life when he understood that he was heading in a bad direction, the same candidness was disarming as he described his recovery, reunions and reflections on his career. By the end, I liked him and admired him. I may even be buying DD material which was released long after i and most other fans had moved on.
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