12:48 AM EDT 04/14/2013
John Taylor (Musician)
Originally posted 10/06/2012 05:00PM
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.
Originally posted 07/10/2012 09:00AM
They're headlining a concert at London's Hyde Park during the Olympics opening ceremony this month, and Duran Duran couldn't be happier to be heading home. Singer Simon LeBon and guitarist John Taylor tell PEOPLE that leaving their pets behind in England as they tour the world is one of the hardest parts of the job.
For Taylor, saying so long to his "marvelous" Chihuahua Violet and his Chinese crested Sid, is "the worst."
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