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John Taylor

'The real pleasure of the memoir is Taylor's voice - a disarming blend of candour, warmth and self-deprecating humour'
New York Times

'Taylor's fantastic memoir [...] tells the whole tale with brash humour and raw honesty [...] just as Duran Duran resisted rock cliches, JT resists the cliches of a rock memoir.'
Rolling Stone

John Taylor is the bass player and a founding member of Duran Duran. To date the band has sold over eighty million records worldwide and been awarded six prestigious Lifetime Achievement awards, including ones from the BRITs and MTV. Their latest album, All You Need is Now, debuted at number one in fifteen countries.

John has also recorded and toured with members of Chic, The Sex Pistols and Guns N' Roses.

Born in Birmingham, John now lives between Wiltshire and Los Angeles. He is married with three children.


Books by John Taylor

In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran

Rights : Little,Brown (UKCexC)
, Penguin (NA), Hannibal Verlag (German), 
Arcana (Italian)
, Turbulenz (Danish), 
Saraiva (Portuguese/Brazil), 
Anakonda (Polish)

The Sunday Times, New York Times, USA Today, Globe and Mail and Publishers Weekly bestseller

I wanted to make music, and in this sense my dreams were being realised. The time spent on stage was becoming more fun... but what to do with the time in between? Those would turn out to be the challenging times.

A shy only child, Nigel John Taylor wasn't an obvious candidate for pop stardom. But when he ditched his first name and picked up a bass guitar, everything changed. Duran Duran were an immediate, global success story, creating some of the greatest and best-loved songs of our time.

It's been a ride - and for John in particular, the ride has been wild, thrilling... and dangerous. 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.

Told with humour, honesty and hard-earned wisdom, In the Pleasure Groove is a fascinating portrait of a man who danced into the fire... and came through the other side.