Ok, OK….I was just kidding. Trying to wake y’all up on a Wednesday! (Note to the readers: I really don’t say “y’all” much in real life. Like ever. I don’t know what made me type that. Things happen sometimes.)
We were treated to both the UK/Australia and US press releases for John’s book today, In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death & Duran Duran. I hear that at least for the US, it’s coming out on October 16th. So we’ve got one fairly “dry” month to get through before we will get the tactile pleasure of having John between our fingers and whispering in our ears. (audio version…get it?)
Wow. I’m just going down a road on this blog today that I probably shouldn’t really travel. Something must have been in my coffee this morning.
One thing I have to say about this book is that…well, actually there are a few things…in the little bits and pieces that I’ve seen/read/etc. is that the big selling points for everyone who is NOT a Duran Duran fan seem to be the sex and drug highlights. I’ve read about how the band had a number printed on the morning “This is what date it is, where you are, and what we’re doing here” paper that they received each morning. That number told them what the age of consent was in that particular place.
My comment? Nice. I guess there really WAS a reason I wasn’t allowed to go to concerts alone back then.
All joking aside, I really hope that the book is less “tell-all sensational” than the press seems to be making it out to be. I really hope to gain some insight beyond John’s drug of choice and why. I mean, that’s all fine and good – but I really want to know about him. I don’t think I’m alone in that desire, but I also completely recognize what sells books. It is just business, even though I’m still hoping for that cathartic moment when I read or write – where it all just becomes clear. I kind of think this is one of those many situations where you can go into it just expecting far, far too much. I’ve seen so many fans hoping that he’s just going to open up the flood gates and tell us everything – from why he changed his name to what exactly happened (and all the dirt contained within) in his marriage to Amanda, and just why it is that he and Andy seem so incredibly bitter towards one another. I suppose that from my point of view, I just think John has to keep something for himself. I have no idea what he does or doesn’t reveal in this book – but if I had to guess, there is plenty that he simply chooses not to say at all. While it might drive fans crazy, I can’t really blame him. There’s a saying I’ve heard amongst musicians and even some actors/actresses. They leave it all on the stage for our enjoyment, and whatever is left over is theirs, and theirs alone.
Seems fair to me, even if my natural curiosity about people makes me wonder what’s beyond that glossy sheen we see in the photos, in the music and on the stage.
Here are the press releases, for your reading and gawking pleasure.
I personally can’t wait to have John telling me his story….I’m definitely getting that audio book and I dare say it might even sell better than the printed version.