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Story and photos by Andy ArgyrakisIt's certainly a season for rock n' roll autobiographies, which according to Duran Duran bassist John Taylor, is something we can chalk up to Keith Richards' tell-all from 2010. Though no other book may ever be as scintillating as the inside scoop on The Rolling Stones, the affable Taylor sure comes close (at least for fab five fans) throughout "In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran" (Dutton). In fact, he added extra purchasing incentive to Chicago fans with a visit to the beautiful new concert hall/supper club City Winery for a signing, reading and interview-styled conversation with Mark Bazer (host of "The Interview Show"), followed by fielding questions from a few lucky faithful.
For well over an hour, Taylor took the sold out audience on a journey through Duran Duran's beginnings, which contrary to popular belief, found the fellas hoping to follow in the footsteps of David Bowie and Bryan Ferry instead of simply conquering the teen scene. Though the critics lambasted the band back then, the latest wave of synth-laden indie rockers citing D2 as influences shifted the act towards the cool category, as evidenced by Taylor's eloquent reading about being warmly received at the hipster-saturated Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival thirty years into the band's career. .
The famed player was also very candid about the loneliness and lows of the road, which probably won't shock anyone who's read a celebrity biography before, but were nonetheless vulnerable and revealing. Now 52, he doesn't just appear to be completely comfortable in his own skin, but also the most musically satisfied, especially in light of the band's impressive recording and touring streak since the core line-up reunited in 2001. Before leaving the stage for the signing line, Taylor also promised the boys will head back to the studio this spring, meaning the juggernaut known as Duran Duran will keep on rolling well into the foreseeable future.
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