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In the Pleasure Groove

Love, Death, and Duran Duran
Narrated by: John Taylor
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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5 ⭐️ Worth the binge listen

Thoroughly enjoyed binge listening to John Taylor’s in the pleasure groove.

I was so naive about many things in the early 80’s. My father would say they use drugs, I would stomp around the house saying that’s rubbish 🤩

Could you imagine what it would’ve been like if technology was as it is now in the 80’s? 😜

Enjoyed John’s narration and the stories. I use to wonder what happened to Andy but not enough to google. I especially enjoyed hearing about his parents and how he was given a year to follow his dreams. Thank god his father allowed this. Many are not given this chance to follow their dream.

Thanks for sharing your story John. I was a young teen that had your face and Duran Duran plastered from wall to ceiling in my bedroom. We hung out at the music store and waited for the top music list to be printed for the week to discuss with my friends. The best music was created in the 80’s but I enjoy the newer music too. 👍🏻👍🏻 Melanie

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Surprisingly incitefull

A very incitefull and thrilling ride. A fascinating and honest tale from Duran's bass player.

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  • Jared
  • 05-10-2012

Funny, entertaining and well worth a listen

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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.

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  • Myles Cummings
  • 17-05-2020

FRIENDS OF MINE

I listened to 'In the Pleasure Groove' whilst in lockdown in the UK this past week.

I came to it because a friend sent me some photos recently from a holiday we took in France when I was 18. At that time I bore something of a resemblance to John Taylor, and Claire, my girfriend at the time, was something of a Duran Superfan. We had been to see them in concert at the Liverpool Everyman on their first UK tour, in 1981 and again around Christmas that year at Manchester Apollo. I grew and dyed my hair, started dressing like him, and half formed a band (playing bass guitar badly). Actually come to think of it I was the Superfan..

A few years later along with Claire, I eventually I used my 'credentials' as a journalist for the University newspaper and 'friendship' with the Radio 1 DJ Peter Powell, to gain us access to the recording of the "Oxford Road Show" where we got to meet and spend an afternoon in the company of the entire band backstage at the BBC studios in Manchester.

We were introduced to JT in hair and makup' as he was in the middle of having his hair washed /trimmed. Peter Powell introduced us; "John. I'd like you to meet a couple of Friends of MIne'.

We shook hands,& I said "Hi ,nice to meet you' & tried to stay and look 'cool'. Claire however was completely starstruck and tongue tied. I genuinely thought she was about to faint. . Peter Powell broke the somewhat awkward moment, and said" Guy's, we'd better let them finish up. John, catch you later "..

We turned to leave just as Simon Le Bon entered the room towelling his hair dry, and again introductions were made;

"Simon I'd like you to meet some Friends of Mine." ( Later I wondered if this introduction was a deliberate pun or in-joke, since Peter Powell obviously knew them all well , and "Friends of Mine" is one of the tracks on their debut album. He's a really tall guy I remember thinking, and glanced at Claire who still looked ashen, but she at least managed to regain some composure, & blurt out a muted 'hello',as she shook his hand and smiled weakly.

Over the course of the day, hers (and mine) anxieties lessened somewhat ,and we relaxed a litte, as we had several more opportunities to 'interact' and chat with each of the band members... keyboard player NIck Rhodes; very cool and somewhat aloof, Andy Taylor the guitarist, seemingly a chain smoker in the Keith Richards tradition, and the one who most obviously liked a drink. But it was the drummer Roger Taylor who stood out for me as being basically a nice bloke. He came across as unassuming & 'grounded'. Devastatingly handsome, he had an air of quiet confidence, and self awareness, looking on at the 'fuss' and horseplay around the band with a sort of bemused detachment. The older brother in the room if not the adult.

They do say you should never meet your heros; If I am honest my overall impression of them was slightly mixed. Duran Duran tend to split people into 2 love/hate camps.

They are/ were often accused of being 'superficial' pretentious, and affected, Manufactured Art School nancy boys. making manufactured pop, All image, flouncy clothes, and fluffy hair. And to be fair there was plenty of evidence of this on display that day.

At one point late in the afternoon, we stepped into an elevator with John Taylor ( and Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics who were also there for recording that day). As the lift doors closed, the conversation stalled for a moment as happens in lifts, and the silenced settled around us uncomfortably. Or at least it was uncomfortable for me. As we began our ascent I struggled for something to say and then noticed the lift manufacturer nameplate above the floor numbers: OTIS.

"Aha! I blurted out!!'. My Dad made this lift!" ( He used to be an engineer for OTIS). "What's his name?" said JT. "Mr. Otis?" and everyone laughed including me.

But it's a lousy joke, and I have to admit that apart from feeling a tinge of embarrassment at having been the source, I also felt a momentary flash of anger at the humiliation.

Part of me wanted to shout; "No you wanker!, his name is Ted Cummings and he's actually a really clever guy! He's made the worlds smallest 2 Stroke petrol engine, and nearly won the World Model Helicopter flying Championships."
Thankfully I kept this retort to myself.

But Duran Duran wer'e HUGE and this day was them at pretty much the peak of their fame. They were there to record 'Is there Something I should Know" which would be released a week later, & entered the UK charts at Number 1.
( at at a time when to reach number one meant something like 200K record sales a week.)

I have no idea how exactly I would have behaved if I had achieved that level of fame/success/ money in my early twenties but I think it's fair to say that it would probably have gone to my head, and warped my view of both the world and my place in it.

Listening to 'In the Pleasure Groove" now it's very clear that this is exactly what happened to John Taylor, and indeed was happening to him on the day that we met.

What is even more interesting from my perspective is how his journey continued from that day and almost inevitably spiralled dangerously close to self destruction. I can draw several parallels with my own life albeit for quite different reasons to those of excess drink and drug use, but this is perhaps a different story for a different day.

Rehabilitation clinics aren't something I knew much about, but clearly for those wealthy celebrites and others for whom money and life has lost meaning, they can actually be a life saver.

Ironically despite the title 'The Pleasure Groove - Love, Death and Duran Duran' it is only when John Taylor gets out of the pleasure groove that he begins to find salvation/understanding and perhaps even enlightenment, through the Love and Death of the books subtitle; Love of family/friends/music, & the death of his father in particular.

Rehab gives him the chance to reappraise, reflect & take stock, and of course sober up. Ultimately this leads to a re-set of his own his own values system, a chance to forge stronger relationships with those that matter, reform the band he founded, and pursue music for the live of it rather than fame, accolades, and money.

So what do the rest of us mere mortals do?

Ironically I think this pandemic may have shown us some possibilities, and given the world an opportunity for rehab.

We have all (most of us) had time to think/ reflect / recharge. It's been a time to reassess and perhaps think about changing aspects of our own life, relationships, to both friends and, and family, and 'lifestyles which are harmful to the ecology of the planet as well as ourselves.

Time in fact to rethink our own 'Pleasure Groove'?

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  • Monica Marianno
  • 05-11-2012

A boy who became a Man !

What made the experience of listening to In the Pleasure Groove the most enjoyable?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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" !

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

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!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

Any additional comments?

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 !

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-10-2012

Brilliant!

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!

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  • Matt
  • 01-10-2012

Excellent

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.



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  • Nicola
  • 13-11-2012

Excellent. Entertaining.

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 !

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  • Steve
  • 06-10-2012

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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?

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  • Saffy
  • 24-09-2012

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 !

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  • Karen Currie
  • 01-12-2012

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!

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  • Mr. A. J. H. Jackson
  • 23-01-2013

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.

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  • Maria
  • 26-12-2012

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.

Most enjoyable.

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  • me
  • 26-08-2015

Rather dull...IMHO....

I thought I would be excited by this....unfortunately, I found it lacking in detail and depth and frankly quite dull...oh well...

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  • Andy Byrne
  • 15-08-2020

Durantastic!!

Really enjoyed listening to this over the last few weeks! I loved hearing John talking about where he and Nick grew up - as I live nearby- and the early days of Duran Duran. A real insight into a band coming to the fore, when music was at an exciting juncture! Left me feeling a little sad that those times are over - but glad that I grew up while music still seemed to have the power to excite!