If there were a class on How To Survive Pop Stardom 101, John Taylor didn’t take it.
With his band Duran Duran, the bassist went from teen music geek to international pin-up almost overnight with ’80s hits like “Rio” and “Girls on Film.” But during the height of his fame, “I didn’t know how to turn on the off switch,” says Taylor, now 52.
As he recounts in his new memoir, In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran, Taylor became dependent on drugs – specifically, cocaine and Ecstasy – and alcohol, losing a decade to hard partying, band turmoil and failed relationships before going to rehab in 1994.
Even now, recovery “never really stops,” says Taylor, who is happily married to Juicy Couture designer Gela Nash-Taylor and planning to record a new album with Duran Duran next year. “You have to find the right direction for your energies.”