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.
Enjoyable, easy listening
I really enjoyed the freshness of this book. There was no bitching or back biting - just a biography of John Taylor including his life with Duran Duran
Unapologetic - very easy to listen to. He comes across as a genuine (all be it messed up with drugs and alcohol) guy, wanting to do what he enjoys most - play music. His voice is very smooth (no Brummie twang!) and I felt that I was rooting for him and the band from the start!
I particularly liked his encounters with other celebrities - being introduced to Madonna, and his concern about a new singer/dancer . . . Michael Jackson!
OK, I have to admit it, I was a bit of a Duran Duran fan during the 1980's. When this book popped up (I can't remember whether it was one that was reduced, or I read a review about it in the newspaper) I dropped it onto my wish list. I have had it hanging around for some time before listening to it - and I really do not know why! I found it very easy to listen too - his descriptions of growing up in the West Midlands in the last century rang true for me and made both the author and the subject matter very genuine.I loved hearing about the band getting together - their early forays into the music scene and how they coped with various situations. Whilst I don't for a minute think that John Taylor wrote everything in this book, I feel that it is a honest and interesting account and thoroughly enjoyed it!
Absolutely, fer sure
Just listening to John Taylor .....
I enjoyed every moment of this book. This is a great book, to just relax ... And let John Taylor take you away on his pleasure groove..
It was read by the author so of course its going to be better than when it read by an actor
As a long time Duran Duran fan, I have read most of the books about the band and this is by far the best. What i liked about the book is that it is real, it portrays the band as it really is, the trials, triumphs and everything in between. When i bought this book, I purchased it as a fan thinking it was going to be another boring autobiography but this book was very touching to me. It turned John Taylor into a person with real feelings and challenges rather than the demi-god that i remember from my youth. I think this book is a must read for any Duran Duran fan--not just a John Taylor fan. It is a great book and a worth while read.
Life in the Thumb
My heart broke a little bit when I realized that I was quickly coming to the end of this audio book. John became a treasured friend, someone who I quickly became accustomed spending my early morning driving time with, and also someone who I daydreamed about since the early 80's from the first moment I listened to Planet Earth!! I loved every single moment that I spent listening to John as he told his story of a young lad growing up in Birmingham, being a teen in the 70's music scene, meeting Nick Rhodes, and becoming a driving force behind Duran Duran. What I LOVED most was how authentic John was in telling his story. He didn't sugarcoat any of his mistakes, his drug and alcohol abuse, and being a lousy boyfriend. He was also such a true gentlemen by NOT dishing the dirt on his fellow bandmates and friends, and for that I respect him.
Recommend? If you were a Duranie then YES, of course you MUST read this. I was in love with John Taylor from the first moment I saw him. I knew one day that my last name would be Taylor...had to be, because I was so going to marry this man!! (Got the same last name just a different guy!!) I saved my money so that I could buy the teen mags that always had some type of poster of Duran Duran or one of the guys. My bedroom walls were one big Duran Duran collage with John being the main focus. What I learned from this audio was that all those years mooning over a fantasy has led me to now realize that John Taylor is so very human, down-to-earth, and truly someone I would be honored to call friend!
* Warning: Listening to this audio book can lead to hours spent on YouTube watching Duran Duran videos, interviews, and singing at the top of your lungs....Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand.....
Narrator: John Taylor (I admit to pretending that he was sitting beside me in the car telling his story)
Length: 7 hours and 55 minutes
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To relive his moments and pain with his family. The addiction that crippled him and being able to kick the evil habit. Love this book! Nicely done John!
John, seeing his wonderful ride in a wonderful band Duran Duran.
Love the voices of his parents that he would mimick. it had me laughing.
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