Aidin Vaziri | In his new autobiography, “In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran,” the British group’s bassist and co-founder John Taylor allows fans to live through the heady life of an ’80s pop star. Focusing on family life, battles with substance abuse and depression, the 52-year-old musician manages to avoid the typical tell-all trappings and instead reveals the depths of his personal turmoil. Now happily married to his second wife, Gela Nash, the co-founder of Juicy Couture, Taylor spoke to us last month before a book signing event in San Francisco.
John Taylor of Duran Duran
Q: Was it difficult reliving the past as you were writing it?
A: It was quite a privilege to get to do it, really. I felt I got to do what I wanted to do, which was memorialize my parents. But I had to tell a lot of the Duran Duran story to get that story published.
Q: Duran Duran is an ongoing concern. What made you think this was a good time to stop and look back?
A: This was the point that presented itself to me. I was glad the book was written during a really positive, active period during the band’s life because I didn’t have anything negative to say. Two years ago the first three albums were reissued on premium vinyl. I thought, “You know what? I’m going to listen to ‘Seven and the Ragged Tiger.’ ” It was like taking out a vintage bottle of wine from the cellar. I just sat back and let it wash over me. I thought, “Wow, this is good.” I’m at the point I can review the work from 1983 and feel pretty good about it.
Q: I hate to tell you, it gets kind of rough after 1983.
A: It’s not going to be as fun, is it?