An icon to millions, John Taylor co-founded Duran Duran in 1978 when he was just eighteen years old. Almost immediately, the band became an international pop phenomenon, defining a new genre of music and the start of an extraordinary three decade career that continues to this day, with sales of more than 80 million records, chart-topping hits around the world, and a global presence that guarantees the band huge live audiences across five continents.
In his autobiography, Taylor will give a candid and captivating account of his life, from a reserved young man in the suburbs of provincial England, to the heights of global fame and adulation. He will unflinchingly explore how the glories of excess led to drug addiction and a descent into despair and loneliness, as well as the difficult process of recovery, and the joy of rediscovering the love of family and friends. For the global army of ‘Duranie’ fans, his book will also contain fascinating behind-the-scenes insights and stories about the band’s inner workings and life in the spotlight.
John Taylor: “This book recounts the million tiny seductions that are required to make the journey from English suburbia to selling out Madison Square Garden—seductions that go by a hundred different names; family, friendship, romances, collaborations and strategicalliances. Here is my journey and where it took me; into fantastic success,more than a little decadence, darkness, and finally, I like to think, a little enlightenment.”
United Kingdom: Little, Brown and Sphere are delighted to announce the acquisition of a major new project – the autobiography of Duran Duran co-founder and bassist John Taylor. Little, Brown’s Editor-in-Chief Antonia Hodgson acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) at auction from Jonathan Conway of Mulcahy Conway Associates. John Taylor will write the book himself with support from co-writer, Tom Sykes. Sphere plans to publish in hardback in autumn 2012, alongside Penguin US. Antonia Hodgson says: “We’re so excited about this project. John Taylor is a warm, witty and engaging writer with an incredible story to tell. His book will be an honest and frank account of his life – good times and bad. It will also capture all the joy and glamour and craziness of being in Duran Duran – surely one of the greatest and best-loved bands of all time.”
In the United States: Brian Tart, president and publisher of Dutton, announced today the acquisition of DuranDuran bassist and founding member John Taylor’s autobiography, to be released in the fall of 2012. Executive Editor Carrie Thornton bought North American and Canadian rights at auction in a major deal from Jonathan Conway of Mulcahy Conway Associates Ltd. Carrie Thornton says: “I’m incredibly excited to publish John Taylor’s memoir. I’ve been a Duran Duran fan since I was first riveted by the video for ‘Rio’ on MTV. As someone who came of age in the 1980s, I can think of no better person to tell the story of the biggest band of that era, and to describe the excesses of that decade—the fashion, the drugs, the money, and of course, the music. John has a great tale to tell, and he tells it with honesty and intelligence, and with an absolutely great voice on the page.”
Portuguese/Brazillian rights to In the Pleasure Groove by John Taylor have been sold to Saraiva
Polish rights to In the Pleasure Groove by John Tayor have been sold to Anakonda
Danish rights to In the Pleasure Groove by John Taylor have been sold to Turbulenz
Italian rights to In The Pleasure Groove by John Taylor have been sold to Arcana
German rights to In The Pleasure Groove by John Taylor have been sold to Hannibal Verlag
Little, Brown reveals full cover for Duran Duran rock icon John Taylor's Autobiography
We are delighted to reveal the official and fully authorised UK and Australian jacket for John’s brilliant autobiography – including the back cover with never-before-seen quotes from the book. Read on for more information on how to pre-order the book!
We are thrilled to announce that the book will go on sale on 13 September 2012 in the UK and Australia (published by Sphere). Taking the reader on a wild and fascinating ride through his life, John writes about the music, the parties, and the MTV videos that made millions swoon. From the eighties through to today, from ‘Rio’ to ‘All You Need is Now’, it’s all in there.
The book will be available in hardcover, eBook, and downloadable audio. The book features more than 100 black and white and color photos – many of which are from John's personal archive and have never been seen before.
And you can pre-order now! In the Pleasure Groove will be available from all good bookstores including the online stores listed below – many of which already have pre-order options so you can be sure to be one of the first to receive a copy!
Amazon.co.uk | Waterstones.com | whsmith.co.uk | Tesco.com | Play.com | Bookdepository.co.uk
Angus & Robertson | Booktopia | Borders | QBD | Readings | Seek | Big W | Dymocks
The audiobook is also available on Itunes and Audible.com and Audible.co.uk on Oct 16, 2012
Duran Duran bassist John Taylor's book will be titled "In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran," the band announced Monday on Facebook.
The autobiographical book will be released through Penguin in the United States; Little, Brown in the United Kingdom; and Hachette in Australia. The release date is set tentatively for September/October.
Taylor, Duran Duran co-founder, has been working on the book with co-writer Tom Sykes.
Taylor also did a photo shoot for the book in Australia, where Duran recently toured; visit duranduran.com to see photos from that day.
Late last year, Taylor said of the book: “Here is my journey and where it took me; into fantastic success, more than a little decadence, darkness, and finally, I like to think, a little enlightenment.”