As part of the British band Duran Duran, John Taylor has played a part in creating some of the best songs of all time. From the dazzling debut they made in the early 80’s with Planet Earth through to All You Need is Now, their latest no. 1 album, their music has the power to instantly fill a dance floor.
It has been quite a roller coaster ride and for John, that journey has been thrilling, wild and at times dangerous. For the first time, John Taylor is sharing his experiences, and telling his story of how he fulfilled dreams, learned lessons and conquered his demons.
Nigel John Taylor was a shy only child, and a far cry from the heartthrob he became that enjoyed the ultimate pop stardom and sent girls into a frenzy. Dropping his first name and picking up his bass guitar were two of the best decisions he ever made. Duran Duran was formed in the summer of ’76 by John Taylor and Nick Rhodes, they were soon joined by Roger and Andy Taylor, no relation, and finally front man Simon Le Bon.
Together, they burst onto the music scene is full ‘new romantic’ garb and achieved instant success across the globe. Their posters appeared on walls in numerous countries and every single and album they released sold in their millions.
In his frank, compelling autobiography, In The Pleasure Groove, 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 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.