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Duran Duran's John Taylor Releases Telling Memoir

LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — John Taylor’s memoir In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran will be released in the US on October 16, 2012, according to a press release.

The memoir was already released in the UK earlier this month and landed on the Sunday Times bestseller list. “[Taylor] tells the eye-popping, often darkly hilarious story of the band’s rise, fall, and rise again – and his part in all the sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll madness,” said New!

With Duran Duran, John Taylor has created hits from their debut single ‘Planet Earth’ to their latest number one album All You Need is Now.

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. Taylor formed Duran Duran with his friend Nick Rhodes in the summer of 1978, and they were soon joined by Roger Taylor, then Andy Taylor and finally Simon Le Bon. Together they were a global success story, their pictures on millions of walls, every single a hit.

In his autobiography, In the Pleasure Groove Taylor 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. He also openly discusses the lows – troubles like drug abuse and sex addiction that brought him to the brink of self-destruction – before turning his life around.

Told with humor, honesty and hard-won wisdom, and packed with exclusive pictures, In the Pleasure Groove is a portrait of a man who danced into the fire… and came through the other side.

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

–Crystal Huntoon