In the Pleasure Groove

  • by John Taylor
  • Narrated by John Taylor
  • 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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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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- Amazon Customer


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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- Matt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-09-2012
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK