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Wild Boy: My Life with Duran Duran (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Andy Taylor
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In this sincere though slight autobiography, Taylor, guitarist for the 1980s pop band Duran Duran, delivers an extended backstage look at the band's rise and fall. He includes an album-by-album look at how the band, which combined glam fashion and keyboard-driven synthpop with outrageous (and expensive) videos featuring exotic locales such as Sri Lanka, became synonymous with early MTV. Taylor discusses—sometimes underplays—the band's outrageous drug and alcohol habits—much of which was better covered in MTV's 1999 Behind The Music segment. He is clearly aware that the band's materialistic image was a key part of London's transformation in the 1980s into a city where it was a dominant part of popular culture to aspire to be successful. The frustrating part is that his attempts to put Duran Duran into a wider musical perspective are far too infrequent, and his own story can't quite carry the narrative. (Sept.)
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When 19-year-old Andy Taylor returned from his band's tour of military bases in Germany and saw an advert in Melody Maker in April 1980 asking for a 'live wire guitarist' to audition in Birmingham, he saw his chance. Even he could not have predicted what happened next. The group, Duran Duran, released their first single, 'Planet Earth', ten months later and soon became the biggest band since the Beatles. Emerging in the post-punk era, Duran headed the New Romantic movement and with their stunning videos and style consciousness, they set the trend for the consumerist 1980s. Popular with everyone from rockers to Princess Diana, they had a string of massive worldwide hits such as 'Rio', 'The Reflex' and 'A View to a Kill'. They won Grammys and an Ivor Novello award among many other things. By Live Aid, in 1985, they were at their very pinnacle of success - and then the band began to fall apart. At the centre of it all, giving the group its musical pulse, was lead guitarist Andy Taylor. In this revealing and raw memoir, Taylor recalls the highs and lows of an unbelievable period where the squeaky clean facade hid the truth of wild partying as five young men took just about every opportunity that was offered to them. Andy Taylor's story is of an era when MTV was new, the media allowed superstars to get away with lots and rock stars knew how to party like there was no tomorrow. Wild Boy is a book that millions of fans of Duran Duran around the world will want to read to know the full story of what really happened.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Très bon livre pour les fans de Duran Duran 8 décembre 2013
Par ida
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J'ai adoré ce livre qui m'a permis d’améliorer mon Anglais et a comprendre les raisons qui ont poussé Andy a quitter le groupe.
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Un peu difficile à suivre car mon anglais est assez moyen mais j'ai bien aimé les anecdotes et la face cachée du groupe
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great read.... 6 septembre 2008
Par TheTange - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
I wanted to add a review after reading the post of someone who gave the book 1 star without ever having read the book (it's obvious from her remarks, which are completely disconnected from the contents of this book).

Andy gives a very down to earth, conversational account of growing up in a small fishing town in England. His mother abandoned him and his father when he was a boy. Fortunately, Andy and his father shared a strong bond.

He describes answering the ad that would lead to him becoming the guitarist for Duran and chronicles the bands rise and ultimately, their fall. He matter-of-factly mentions disagreements within the band, but mostly sticks to being very complimentary of the other members and points out how each of them contributed to the success of the band.

There is a chapter or two which describes Andy's drug use in the 80s and in one of the more moving stories, he describes being sold out to the newspapers by the band's old body guard from their Rum Runner days. The story broke describing the band's cocaine use and how his dad had walked (as he did each day) to get the morning paper at the local store, only to be greeted with disapproving looks from the other locals. He talks about his dads hurt/disappointment and his own guilt. You really get a sense of his father being a very decent, good man who was proud of his son and also worried about him.

He goes on to talk about living in Los Angeles and embarking on a solo career and, later, being asked to be part of reforming the original Duran Duran. He also talks about the circumstances leading to his no longer being in the band (something he does without any sense of anger....he's very diplomatic).

The final chapters bring the book full circle with the opening chapters in describing his fathers recurrance of cancer, and later his death. I hadn't really expected the book to have such a strong narrative.

A very relaxed, conversational style memoir and it's great that he has so many fond memories of the band and so much pride in what they accomplished together.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Nick is the Real Story Behind Andy's Story 11 septembre 2008
Par Char - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
After having read this book in 8 hours flat, there is ONE resounding theme that I pickup from Andy Taylor's biography: Nick Rhodes is a control-freak and is notoriously difficult to work with. Not just for Andy (who is the Duran Duran member who seems to clash with him the most), but for all the members. According to Andy, there isn't a member of Duran Duran that hasn't clashed with Rhodes as concerns artistic control and direction of the band. Even Simon LeBon, who most assume has always been on-board with Rhodes' ideas. Is any big-time follower of the band going to be surprised by this revelation? No.

What's surprising is that Andy Taylor doesn't go into more detail about this Rhodes friction. It seems obvious that there are boatloads more of stories he could tell, given what he does reveal. One gets the sense that Taylor has reason to not provide more - could it be that he doesn't want to totally burn bridges behind him? I say yes. And that's because when he talks about the other band members, even when he is revealing something unflattering, he does so in such a gentile manner. To me, this controlled "reveal something but not too much" approach says he wants to keep his Duran Duran doors open to some extent.

Back to Rhodes. Andy Taylor postulates throughout the book that all of Duran Duran's problems and downturns (personal and professional) can be blamed on a lack of true communication between band members. In conjunction with this theory there is always some example of a situation in which Nick Rhodes behaves like a little dictator. When you put two and two together, it appears that what Andy Taylor is saying (but doesn't) is that no one communicates with one another because no one wants to confront Rhodes.

In this sense, what Taylor describes is a truly dysfunctional situation. And as we all know, dysfunctional situations often degrade into dysfunctional behaviors (i.e. cocaine, booze, booze, more cocaine, lots more booze, and some more cocaine). In fact, I would peg cocaine use as the second most prominent theme in this tell-all.

There is a classic rock n roll aspect to the Nick Rhodes problem: His first wife, Julieanne Friedman. Classic as in the Yoko Ono phenomenon. (Any other 40-something Duranies remember not liking her right from the start?) Well, it seems no one else in the band liked her either, and they resented her compulsory presence while touring. Taylor heaps blame on the Rhodes/Friedman partnership as part of the band's problems, even while stating that he often felt sad for Nick being stuck in such a bad marriage. It seems Nick usually put Julieanne before the band. (Didn't anyone learn anything from the Beatles?)

It may seem disingenuous for me to say this book is more about Nick Rhodes than it is about Andy Taylor. Based upon the focus and sheer volume of the book being ANDY'S personal story, that's true. But the obviousness of his beef with Rhodes can be likened to the elephant in the room that no one wants to acknowledge.

The rest of the story, well, anyone with a brain can guess: Immediate rise to fame, living in excess, emotional and physical exhaustion, addictions, celebrity gatherings, artistic staleness, solo projects, marriages, divorces, come-back tour, etc. The majority of Taylor's book is basically the story of almost any other rock or pop band that has lasted this long. Thus, the book is lacking a real, original story. And from what I surmise, that unique story could have been told if he had the guts to REALLY get into the thick of the band's disagreements and ego conflicts. But again, he takes the low road on this subject, which ultimately results in a somewhat boring read.

I agree that this is a must-read for the true Duran Duran fan. Of course, there are many tidbits of information that the mega-fan will find intriguing. On the other hand, there is a sadness in reading this book as a big fan: Taylor explains that all the while they were riding the crest of their most successful period (1983-1984), that's when the band was actually falling apart. This revelation makes me sad because it shatters my teenage perceptions of this band from the same time period, when I was 14 and 15 years old.

Oh well. I'm an adult now. So are all the members of Duran Duran. It's time to let go. In the end, Andy Taylor's book is an attempt to do just that.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 FANTASTIC READ 9 septembre 2008
Par Goldengun - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
I personally loved reading Andy's book, it's a fantastic read that flows nicely starting from his fractured family (no thanks to his adulterous mother), to that fateful call to Birmingham to respond to the ad for a "live-wire guitarist". He describes JT in a positive light, the first member of the band he met at the Rum Runner.

His descriptions of the bands beginnings, the recording of the first 4 albums confirm many rumours (i.e. the writing process, the videos, the idiosyncrasies of the other band members, problems with the Berrows and entourage, etc.) and presents some fabulous back story that will certainly impact the next time you view a FAB FIVE video or listen to a FAB FIVE song. Of course he highlights his contributions, but I find he also mentions the significant contributions of the others, esp. Simons original vocals/deep lyrics and the fact that John was a complete natural at the bass. His recounting of the time he told Nick that he was only playing one key is hysterical. Yeah, he goes well into the rivalry with Spandau Ballet and gloats that Duran came out on top - as they were clearly the better band. His accounts about Julie-Anne (Nick's psycho ex-wife) are humourous, especially when someone secretly hid her passort so she could not travel with them to Montserrat.

The accounts of the band's drug abuse and alcohol intake is not new news, but its description is engaging. The wild ride these 5 guys took between drugs, alcohol, babes and record hits is a swirling ride - its really a miracle that no one in the band died at the time.

He talks about his courtship with Tracy, their marriage, and I was shocked to read Tracy's post-partum problems. The story about Tracy and their first son made me feel for him even more so than ever before.

Some good stories about the Power Station, working with Robert Palmer, Bernard Edwards, Tony Thompson, Rod Stewart, Steve Jones are great anecdotes. He even mentions time spent with the two best cops to ever appear on television - Don Johnson and Phillip Michael Thomas (aka Crockett and Tubbs from Miami Vice).

I am glad that he also clears out the reasons why he's no longer in the band, I was pissed to learn that he did actually want to be at that Poland show (remember that Warsaw show??). He did want to be in New York for the Timbaland sessions - and the reasons why he was not there are now something that Duran Duran/band management have to answer for - I now look back at their statements from September/October 2006 as utter falsehoods. I now look back at the bands comments during the Howard Stern interview and shake my head. He even comments about what he thought about working with Justine Timberflake.

I think its better that Andy is out of the band now, from the issues they had to get Astronaut together and the problems during the San Francisco and Sphere recording sessions make you think how he survived so long. Yep, all those corporate gigs from 2006 were done to pay for the studio time that created an illusion of progress (as Roger Taylor describes).

There's more I thought he could have written about his days as a solo artist, and I hope I get to ask him at one of the upcoming book signings.

I don't think that any other one of the Durans could write a book about their time in Duran Duran like Andy could - and this is the best you will get - better than that Malins book for sure - a thousand times better!

And the bonus are the wonderful sets of pictures included in the book.

Thanks Andy for putting together this wonderful book, it really nicely lifts the lid over what happened during Duran Duran's heyday.

Buy the book - I did - in fact I bought 2.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not what a Duranie Might Expect... 1 septembre 2008
Par Kathryn T. Rose - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Wow.

This was NOT what I expected.

I got into Duran Duran in 1984 during their major tour of the USA. Yeah, I saw them at Madison Square Garden in '84... what a show! As a Teenager, I was enamored... the guys could DO NO WRONG. This book really made me feel for them. Andy Taylor put out a book that was far more sympathetic to five 20-somethings who had to deal with a tremendous amount of pressure at a very young age than I expected.
It was FAR more sympathetic to the combined "approaching middle age something" they are ALL going through. I had no clue to many of the inner struggles within the band through 25 plus years. I had no clue that many of the press stories were either... a. wrong, or b. downplayed. Press is Press and is to be taken with a grain of salt, but precious few realize that. To hear it from someone who was there.... wow.
I was very impressed with the lack of what I was expecting... mainly, the potential to snipe at his replacement. It was also less acrimonious to his bandmates than I expected. This gained a lot of respect from me as the reader.
If you are looking for a "TELL-ALL," this ain't it. Tell-alls tend to be biased and one sided. This is a well thought out book which, in my opinion, sought to tell a story without hurting those involved.
That's damned rare, in my opinion, and, as I said, not what I expected.
I was pleased with the conversational tone of the book... as if Andy and Tracey invited the reader in for a 'spot of tea and a chat.' Far more complimentary towards fans than I expected (oh come ON... what 25 year old wouldn't be terrified by the mob of Duranies banging on the top of the car? Not to mention in 2005, to use computer speak, ROFL, a bunch of thirty-something MOTHERS? CLASSIC line, Mr. Taylor.... made me laugh hysterically, that bit!) I was pleased to read the inside/outside of what the band, or at the very least, Andy was feeling.
As a little aside (as I fan, I simply can not let this go,) I think the thing that made my 'DECADE' was the fact that I am mentioned, albeit in a tiny way. I won't spoil the book, but an analogy that I made in an email to Andy Taylor is mentioned in the last paragraph of the book. This would be a small thing, but as a fan, I was impressed way back when I sent then email that 'Andy Taylor' replied.
Not his management.
Not his fan club.
Not his Web manager.
Andy Taylor.
Take a moment to swoon. I did. ;)
This is a man who appreciates his fans, and I am tickled to the end that he actually replied to an email from little ol' me. As far as being mentioned (anonymously) in his book... ;) ... ask my friends. I've been giggling about this since Friday when I read the book on the day it arrived from Amazon.
Exceedingly well written. I laughed, I cried... I could not ask for more.

Except for everyone to do one more show at Boston University so I could see all five again. ;)

This biography is a MUST for ANY fan of Duran Duran.

Bravo, Mr. Taylor! Vive la Rock!
~Kathy Rose
imlatas@yahoo.com
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Andy Taylor's View of Life In Duran Duran 2 octobre 2008
Par Katie Walker - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Truthfully, I wasn't going to read Wild Boy. I figured that this book was going to be nothing but Andy airing all of the dirty laundry to get even with a band he left, not once, but twice. If the book was like that, I didn't want to read it. But then I read one review posted about the book and thought why not give it a shot?

I have to say that I was happily surprised that Wild Boy had a wonderful positive, honest tone. Andy was quite candid about the history of Duran, including his and other members' drug abuse. While there was nothing too shocking in the book, there were ton of interesting antidotes which kept me engrossed from beginning to end.

If you want to read about life inside Duran Duran, read this book. You won't be disappointed.
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