In the Pleasure Groove

In the Pleasure Groove

Love, Death, and Duran Duran

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A personal account by the co-founder of Duran Duran traces their meteoric rise in the 1980s while evaluating the impact of fame on the author's life, his struggles with addiction and depression, and his subsequent journey toward peace.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Dutton, 2012
Description: 304 cm
ISBN: 9780525958000
0525958002
Branch Call Number: 782.42166 Tay
Additional Contributors: Sykes, Tom, 1974-

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booksmaht
Sep 25, 2013

Unsurprisingly, it wasn't well written, but Taylor's gleeful descriptions of meeting his own musical idols were fun to read. This memoir only skims the surface of the real story, but rabid Duran Duran fans will find much to enjoy (not least the numerous photos).

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jthomas1527
Feb 10, 2013

Starts off really strong with Taylor recounting early years in the Catholic church. Page turner, yet a chaotic blur of Duran Duran's rise to fame. Taylor's relationship with the Catholic church comes full circle as he has no choice but to find God to deal with demons.

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kaybee2
Jan 09, 2013

Don't read this if you are looking for 'dirt'. John is at a point of looking at his experience as a member of this iconic group from a point of gratitude and doesn't dish any smut. Great read.

ehbooklover Jan 07, 2013

My bedroom walls were plastered with Duran Duran posters ripped out of the pages of Teen Beat and Tiger Beat magazines as a teen in the 80s so it’s really no big surprise that I decided to read this autobiography. What did surprise me was how much I actually enjoyed reading it. An interesting behind-the-scenes look at the band’s rise to fame, plus their subsequent break ups and reunions. All of this is accompanied by lots of photos. A must-read for any fellow Duranies!

mybibliothike Nov 18, 2012

As a teenage fan in the 80's, I HAD to read this book! Whilst you learn a lot about John's life, it is not a tell-all book, about himself nor fellow band members. Although he was forthcoming with his confessions of drug use, the book lacked detail in all other aspects of his life... He glossed over quite a bit. I also wished it had been set out in an easier to follow chronological order. I often didn't know what year he was writting about. Having said all that, all Duran Duran fans will enjoy it!

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Bookgirl23
Nov 12, 2012

Overall a fairly good read, although I found it lacking in details. It gives a general overview into his life and account of the band's rise to fame.

Chapters that are far too brief seemed rather odd to me. A short chapter now and then is fine, but most were only 2 pages! I respect that he didn't want to write a tell all, however there are too many stories that are not flushed out. It seems more like a collection of unfinished short stories that don't have much connection to each other.

I did appreciate the insight into his life with his parents, which was something that he hasn't talked much about in the past. I do respect that he looked for the good to say about his past relationships, rather than trash people.
I'm glad he wrote it and I appreciate the insights he did share, however I thought it could have been done better.

LocketLibrarian Nov 02, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed this.

As an original Duranie in the 80s, with many pictures stolen from Tiger Beat all over my Chandlers, I loved this band. I did change my alliances from Nick to John and back again a few times, and until Nick writes a book, I am back to being a John girl.

All that being said, here are my quibbles:
-I want more dirt. We had maybe 4? girlfriends named, and nothing bad said. We have Andy Taylor out of the band, and no substantial reasons. John didn't need to follow Gene Simmons' lead and give us every detail, but throw us a bone.
-I want more pictures. For a band who succeeded in visual media as much as in music, show me shots from the videos, show me the evolution of the album covers. I remember a lot, but I want to see.
-I felt the last 10 years were a bit rushed. Granted, most of us read this to learn about the Birmingham days, but I would have liked more about his life now.

Beyonkers Oct 17, 2012

Loved this book, a really good read. John gives great insight into his life as part of Duran Duran. A full account of his rise to fame and the bits that come afterwards... Sex, Drugs, Partying, Love, Family and death are all included - A brilliant book not just for duranies. :)

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