In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran

In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran

John Taylor

Language: English

Pages: 400

ISBN: 0142196940

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

With a new introduction by Nick Rhodes

The talent. The charisma. The videos. From their 1981 hit "Planet Earth" to their latest number-one album, All You Need Is Now, John Taylor and Duran Duran have enchanted audiences around the world. It's been a wild ride, and—for John in particular—dangerous. John recounts the story of the band's formation, their massive success, and his journey to the brink of self-destruction. Told with humor, honesty—and packed with exclusive pictures—In the Pleasure Groove is an irresistible rock-and-roll portrait of a band whose popularity has never been stronger.

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liked putting full-color photos of Adam Ant on their covers because they sold well. A taste of the zeitgeist as it stood in December 1979. The Culture Wave. Wherever it was going, I would be going with it. 19 Music Never Sounded Better In February, Nick and I were going around venues in Birmingham looking for unconventional places to play, like art galleries and cafés. Although our residency at the Crown had served Dada well, we now agreed that we would do anything to avoid the

reveal the black socks and black brogues of any other working man. The music surges in volume and we all stand. The red-haired man leads us in a song we know well, “The Lord Is My Shepherd.” I open the hymnal to read the words. I like this one but, like Mom, I’m too embarrassed to sing out loud. I wish I could; I just don’t, but I like the feeling of togetherness that comes from everyone in the room singing the same words. Once the song is over, the priest walks to the dais. He glances

when the curtain fell on our performance—twenty minutes and how many million TV viewers later—none of us had any idea that the curtain was falling on the first act of our career, and our lives together. It would be eighteen years until the five of us would take the stage together again. • • • As the lights went down on the biggest event in the history of live music, and the trucks rolled away from Philadelphia, Andy, Tony, Michael Des Barres, and I rejoined the Power Station tour,

Station’s final gig, in Massachusetts, Simon’s yacht, Drum, capsized off the coast of Cornwall during the Fastnet Race, a rehearsal for the Whitbread Round the World race. The keel of the boat sheared off and the boat flipped. Simon was trapped underwater in the cabin with several of his crewmates, the water gradually rising. They were there for over an hour before frogmen got in and freed them. Simon and I were completely out of touch with each other at the time of the Drum accident.

choice I made was to get back on board with Duran. It would be as creative as anything I could do alone or with any other collaborators, and a whole lot safer. In the new year, I drove down to Gloucestershire, to Moreton-in-Marsh, the village to which Roger had relocated. We had a drink at the local pub. He was enjoying the calm of life there with Giovanna and their young family, riding horses and working his farm. He seemed happy with the change of pace. I must have come at him like a

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