• In the Pleasure Groove

  • Love, Death, and Duran Duran
  • By: John Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Taylor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (638 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

“Unlike most cred-obsessed rockers, the Duran Duran bassist presents his (and the band's) story as one of substance in the service of style. And his natural raconteur's wit lends Duran's ruthless ambition some crucial charm.” (LA Times)

“Taylor's honest and heartfelt style makes for a highly worthwhile and entertaining read whether you are a fan of the band or not. In the Pleasure Groove is, quite simply, a fascinating tale of very interesting man who has jammed one hell of a lot of living into his 52 years.”(Huffington Post)

"The book is a familiar tale of rock ’n’ roll, sin and redemption, but Taylor’s capable voice make this a more nuanced and intriguing memoir than might be expected.” (Kirkus

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A must for any DD fan!

Would you consider the audio edition of In the Pleasure Groove to be better than the print version?

Hearing the story from JT directly really brought the stories to life. His honesty and emotion really set the tone for the stories.

What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Pleasure Groove?

Finally having a glimpse into what their lives were really like at the height of their popularity was fun to hear.

What about John Taylor’s performance did you like?

Loved it. He is engaged and passionate. Great performance.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I enjoyed every minute of it.

Any additional comments?

His honesty really struck me. Any fan of the band will enjoy reliving the heydays!

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Neat to know what was going on behind the scenes!

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.

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I took great pleasure in the Pleasure Groove

Being a Duran fan since 1982, it was almost a great come true to have John Taylor talking in my ear, to me, about the intimate details of his life.
As always, he is very charming and he read his story in a way that clearly played out the movie in my head. It ended and I wanted more.

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Unflinching look at drug use and stardom

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.

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Great story telling even if you aren't a Durannie!

What did you love best about In the Pleasure Groove?

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. :)

What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Pleasure Groove?

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.

What does John Taylor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The voices he mimics of all the people he talks about in his book. His humor. His lovely voice in general.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When his parents died.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Warmth, Honesty, and Passion

I personally love when celebrities voice their own books because you get so many more nuances from their reads, and John Taylor is no different. He artfully weaves the story of an only child growing up in industrial Birmingham in the early 60s through the past few years as he celebrates stepping on stage at Coachella to one of the largest audiences Duran Duran has ever played for. John's narration is incredibly warm and charming as he recalls nostalgically wonderful Christmases and early encounters with Nick Rhodes and Roger Taylor. I pained for him as he recalled the struggles for sobriety in a reunited Duran, a band who enjoyed substances readily early on, but overcame the urges to recreate moments with the same mates whom he once indulged with. John Taylor is a remarkably talented musician and he can add successful author to his long list of accomplishments.

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Dream come true

Would you listen to In the Pleasure Groove again? Why?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Pleasure Groove?

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.

Have you listened to any of John Taylor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

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Fun Listen

I loved Duran Duran as a young teenager. John's story is a good one, filled with love, excitement and challenges. He was such a good son to his parents and he speaks so lovingly of them both. Worth a listen.

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well done!

I'm a music geek anyway and John is one of my favorite musicians. I was happy to find this so interesting and JT certainly could have a second career as a reader if he wanted!

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Always a Duran Duran fan

I really enjoyed this book. Especially with John Taylor reading it. He was right the girls had their favorite as did I in my group and John was it. I am so glad that he opened up about his sobriety I think it's good for the soul . I would recommend mend this book to anyone.