Co-founder and bass guitarist of pop rock band Duran Duran, John Taylor, returns to his hometown of Birmingham and the institution at where he studied next week, to promote his new autobiography.

‘In the Pleasure Groove’ puts John’s partying days into words as he reveals details of life in the spotlight as a member of one of the world’s most successful bands during the 1980s.

On Tuesday 18 September, John returns to his hometown to talk about and sign copies of his autobiography at Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University, the institution at which John studied an Art and Design foundation course when forming Duran Duran.

Formed in Birmingham in 1978, Duran Duran fused pop music with art and fashion, selling over 80 million records worldwide, including the well-known hits, ‘Girls on Film’ and ‘Rio’.

Discussing the book and his reasons for writing it, John said: “I lost the connection to Birmingham and the Midlands. I stopped going there. That’s what really prompted me to start writing, to memorialise my parents and the place.”

John opens up and discusses his life’s high and lows in the autobiography, including drinking and drug antics. “I’m having a better time now than I’ve ever had, I’m being myself. I did leave the band for a while because I really wanted to get rock solid in this ‘new way of life’ let’s call it.”

“The group is doing interviews all the time. We have to have this shared approach, where this is very much mine.”

Tickets to attend John’s book talk and signing at Birmingham Conservatoire cost £5 and can be purchased at