Wild Boy

Wild Boy

My Life in Duran Duran

Book - 2008
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Wild Boy is the explosive first inside account of the rise and fall of Duran Duran. The band rose to conquer the globe with a string of unforgettable hits such as "Rio," "Hungry Like the Wolf," and "The Reflex." With Simon Le Bon as their frontman, they were the defining pop act of the 1980s, but Andy Taylor, the enigmatic lead guitarist, is widely acknowledged to have been their musical driving force.

Then, at the very height of their achievement in 1985, Duran Duran imploded. Now Andy shares the story of what went wrong. With searing honesty, he charts every moment of Duran Duran's roller-coaster rise from their early days as club musicians through to international superstardom. He captures the glamour and excitement of the band's epic video shoots and the opulence of their world tours.

He reveals the truth about the allegations of drug abuse and wild hedonism that dogged Duran Duran. Packed with more than twenty-five years worth of rock 'n' roll anecdotes, Andy tells of his time in the band The Power Station, and explains why Duran Duran reformed with its original line-up in 2003.

But Wild Boy is also a moving story on a human level, as Andy describes how the pressures of fame took a terrible personal toll on him and his family. Moving from hilarious to harrowing at the turn of a page, WILD BOY is a must-read for anyone who lived through the 1980s, or who cares about music.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780446509305
0446509302
Branch Call Number: 782.42166092 TAYLO
Characteristics: vi, 324 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: My life in Duran Duran

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t_strang
Jun 08, 2015

A very good rock autobio. If you're a Duranie from days gone by, you'll enjoy it. It's written pretty well, and Andy's personality comes through the writing.

You learn a lot about the band's dynamics (albeit from Andy's perspective), a bit about their songwriting practices, and some stuff about Andy's personal life.

Andy is pretty honest--he doesn't skim over the truth, but he's also not overly graphic in relaying the "gory" details.

Best read in tandem with John Taylor's "In the Pleasure Groove." In fact, you might go ahead and read that one first. It feels like Andy fills in the gaps for what John didn't say (even though John's was written years later).

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jdub929
Nov 13, 2012

Poorly written. Very much a self-grandiose memoir.

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spivo
Sep 30, 2011

I liked it. Coulda had a few more pictures in it.

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kelliet
Feb 14, 2010

I've been a long time fan of Duran Duran and it was nice and suprising to get such a no holds barred look from the inside. For anyone of that generation who thought the band was all squeaky clean, this will open your eyes to the real people behind the posters.

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