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.
©2012 John Taylor (P)2012 Penguin Audio
Hearing the story from JT directly really brought the stories to life. His honesty and emotion really set the tone for the stories.
Finally having a glimpse into what their lives were really like at the height of their popularity was fun to hear.
Loved it. He is engaged and passionate. Great performance.
I enjoyed every minute of it.
His honesty really struck me. Any fan of the band will enjoy reliving the heydays!
Science writer in America's heartland
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.
It's John Taylor's voice narrating his own story, what's not to love? Yes, yes, I am a Durannie who has loved JT since 1983 when I was 13, but when I first read that he would be narrating his own story I was hesitant to buy it. He is, after all, a musician not an actor, so it could be stilted and dry. BUT JT is funny and does some great voices/parodies of various people, so it really brings the whole story to life. He's got such great perspective on his life too, but also walks you through his youth and early days in Duran in such detail you are reliving it all right there with him. I definitely was sad when the story came to a close. It was a lot of fun listening to him talk to me for so many hours. :)
So many: His memories of walking to church every day with his mom when he was a small child. His descriptions of how important fashion was to him waaay back in Birmingham and his rebellious teenage years. His interactions with his father.
The voices he mimics of all the people he talks about in his book. His humor. His lovely voice in general.
When his parents died.
I think you definitely get so much more with this audiobook than you would just reading his story. Definitely worth purchasing, even if you already owned the book.
I have already listened to it twice already. I think it's great that John Taylor narrated this book as well. It brought me back to the 80's when I had Duran Duran all over my bedroom walls. I liked hearing about the bands rise to the top.
Listening to when John had basically taken the car keys away from his aging father brought back memories for me. Reminded me of times with my grandfather. Made me tear up.
I have seen Duran Duran in concert...nothing compares to that. But I did think it was awesome to listen to him narrate his book. I hope he does another.
I almost didn't get this due to one negative review indicating he was a wuss who had nothing bad to say about anyone. I'm glad I didn't listen - I didn't mind that the autobiography was so positive. He doesn't gloss over his own past, the gritty parts, etc., so I didn't have a problem.
I found it interesting because also I've always liked Duran Duran, I wasn't a "Durannie" back then, so I didn't realize it was John and Nick who formed the band and were the driving force through all of this. I had assumed it was Simon since he was the frontman, as it often is with bands. I also thought John was sort of the 'dumb blonde' of the band and was shocked he even came out with a book...shows how much I know!
I found myself interested throughout the whole program, and glad I took the chance to get to know him.
Loved it. Finished it in one day. What a fantastic story of achieving the near impossible dream and awakening to a nightmare of their own making. Something that any human, if they have the capacity to be honest with themselves, could be forced to face or somehow allow to happen. John Taylor presents a remarkable personal story that is, albeit not entirely unheard of in the world of a rock musician or celebrity, yet told so honestly and absent of unnecessary or lengthy cliche type of detail that it really seems unique to others and yet far more relatable for the average person. An autobiography less about being a rock star and more about being a human being.
I've been reading audiobooks since the early 90's. They've saved my life since I hate the radio. My preference is fiction, unique memoir.
Any Gen X'er remembers how much music was an element of the culture during the eighties. MTV was just widely available and Duran Duran, the second wave of the English Invasion, with their good looks and catchy tunes were front and center in our living rooms each afternoon. We all had a favorite, but my friend Cindy had no less than two dozen photos of John Taylor on her wall.
This is well read, but also well-told, providing an insider's look at the evolution of this band and the music industry during the 70s and 80s. Taylor describes how the albums were produced and the politics involved, the external relationships and those among the band. He's candid about the impact of new success, the excesses in narcotics and women. There are some very potent descriptions of the effects of drug use, both the high and the eventual low. It would be worth reading for these descriptions alone if you're like me and will only ever use hard drugs vicariously through others.
This is a redemption story and all the excesses mark insecurities. Like any recovering addict, in a position to write such a book, there's a struggle to reclaim his life. We're glad at the end he's able to do that. Not just because he's John Taylor, the bassist chick-magnet from Duran Duran, but because over the 350 pages, he comes off as a decent guy and we like the good guys to win.
As a die hard Duranie since 1982, I've been extremely anxious to read John's autobiography. The book is very well written. Candid while still maintaining integrity and class. John shares his story like a spellbinding play, giving you just enough juicy details, without selling out those who play a part in it . It truly takes you on his journey, getting a sense of the euphoria, the frustration with himself, the musical passion, the joys and the losses of his life.
I normally am not a fan of audio books, but when I saw this is actually narrated by John himself, I decided to give it a try. So glad I did. Listening to him tell it, was like sitting down with John, over a cup of tea while he reminisced. It was truly like having a personal conversation with an old friend. Wonderful book. I almost hated finishing it and ending my time with John.
John Taylor's autobiography tells an earnest, honest account of his life. Hearing his story in his voice gave it such flavor and texture! John has an excellent speaking voice-- rhythmic, soothing, thoughtful, vibrant...
The struggle to learn, love and grow... with God, guitars and bass instruments, the band Duran Duran and its music, the brotherhood that is more than the band. And learning about yourself, fighting demons and seeking love...it's very well told.
I found myself getting teary at the decline and death of his parents. Mother's rapidly failing health and his father's loss of his wife, independence and memories. As an only child, your parents are your world, so I can only empathize with John's loss.
The demons of drugs and alcohol is another hard-fought battle for John. Hearing him speak about relieving his fear and loneliness with cocaine, pills and booze was saddening. Praise be to God that getting help and staying clean and sober gave him a new life, and a renewed appreciation and love for all he holds dear.
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