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Wild Boy: My Life with Duran Duran (English Edition) par [Taylor, Andy]
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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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The first member of Duran Duran to write his memoirs tells the full story of the excesses, glamour and excitement they lived through in the 1980s.

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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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 5873 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 291 pages
  • Editeur : Orion (30 décembre 2010)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004KA9V60
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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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Candid but Also Classy 23 mars 2017
Par thediamondsea - Publié sur
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Andy Taylor (and his ghostwriter, I assume) has written a pretty darn good book about what his life was really like at the center of the hurricane that was Duran Duran at the peak of their fame in the eighties--and what the rest of his life has been like as well.. I was a confirmed Durannie in my adolescence, when all the craziness was going on, and I've always wanted to know more about the band and their history. This book does a great job of chronicling the early days at the Rum Runner, the era that seems to be the least documented, so it's worth reading just for that; but the rest is also very interesting.

What I liked best about this book was the way Andy chose to handle the dirt--every band has it, and it's one of the reasons we read rock memoirs, whether we want to admit it or not. Andy is upfront about his particular disagreements with other members of the band, and with their management, but he avoids name-calling and only talks about situations where he was either present or directly affected in some way, and he seems to genuinely want to portray his former bandmates with compassion. The result is a book that doesn't seem to pull any punches (unlike John Taylor's book, sad to say) but also doesn't read like a poison pen memoir.--which it easily could have been.

The writing is what it is--this isn't supposed to be the great English novel. But I read a lot of rock memoirs, and the only complaint I have (and this is very, very minor) is that I think it could have captured Andy's unique voice and way of expressing himself a little better. Andy was always one of the wittiest and most entertaining members of a very witty and entertaining band, and I would have liked more of his earthy Geordie humor in there. But hopefully he'll decide to write another memoir later in his life, and maybe he'll call me when he does (I'm kidding)(sort of). But this is a small bone to pick with the book, and in no way interferes with how enjoyable I found it.

So bravo to Andy. and many thanks for taking the time to do this. It was a great trip down Memory Lane for me, and if he ever publishes a sequel or an update, I'll buy and recommend it with enthusiasm.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Deeper Appreciation for the Man Behind the Music 5 octobre 2015
Par Lisa C. - Publié sur
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Have a deeper appreciation for Andy Taylor after reading this book. I had always seen him as the Duran who is the most insightful, but now I also see his passion and strong care for others. I, especially, felt for him when (SPOILER ALERTS) his mother left him and family, when he got really sick after falling in the elephant urine infested lagoon in Sri Lanka, and when his wife was having her first post-natal psychotic episode. He also got me to care along with him when (MORE SPOILERS) Roger got attacked, John injured his leg, and Nick had a heart attack scare. I feel bad that he's no longer in Duran Duran. I wish things would work out and he would stay.

The only reason I give this a 4 instead of a 5 is that some accounts were presented out of chronological order, so that made the retelling confusing to comprehend. But other than that, I loved reading about the behind the scenes of the videos, and I do see them differently now. Never knew, until now, that it's Andy who sang backup on "Save A Prayer," "Anyone Out There," "The Reflex", among others.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 How Naive I Was! 18 mai 2017
Par Middle School Teach - Publié sur
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I know no one will probably read this review because I’m giving 5 stars and it’s been years since this book was written. But if anyone does read this review…this book was a really good fun read…give it a go! I devoured this book.

I was a huge fan in that I had their posters all over my walls and my friends and I read every teen magazine that carried anything about them. I went to their concert in Philly and screamed the entire time because my friends did…I’ve seen Power Station…But I can never claim absolute fandom as I know there are a much more fervent followers than me. (It was not but a short time later that my music taste meandered to The Smiths, New Order, etc…I’m sure there’s many out there like me.) So what really amused me is that I was so sheltered to what life was really like for them. In America, we were spoon fed information that was obviously tailored to that squeaky clean image. After 30 years, I finally find out all this stuff about them and it’s so amusing! How naïve we all were! I live overseas and work with a few 40 something Brits and they are also amused about how much was not in our American press.

Really, I was more into their music than them and I owned every album, 12 inch and 45 because of that. The reason I read this book was pure entertainment that brought back the power Duran Duran’s music had over me. I found Seventh Stranger on YouTube and knew EVERY single word after not hearing it for 30 years! That says a lot about their music.

Give this book a go if you were like me…naïve!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Honest, real, down to earth view of the fab five 29 novembre 2013
Par shadowsandlight75 - Publié sur
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When I read some of the comments on this book at Amazon, it looked to me like this book was going to be a bitchfest and finger pointer about everything that went wrong in one of the biggest acts of the 80's, Duran Duran. I was very skeptical about getting this for the following reason:

In highschool, I was an absolute KISS freak. Ate, lived, and breathed the band, and they had a magic on stage that was a beautiful thing, something that was like a place in your heart that made life joyful. Then Gene Simmons released his autobiography KISS and Makeup and within the time it took to read the book, he destroyed the magic and beauty of the band unmercifully for me. From that point on, KISS was decimated in my eyes. I became a casual listener of anything they released afterwards, but this this special thing that I felt a part of was dead. Then about a year ago, I read original drummer Peter Criss's autobiography and it was a total bitchfest from someone who should not be throwing stones at anyone. Between Peter and Gene, I don't even bother looking in the KISS section anymore when I go to music stores. Sometimes, private things should be kept private.

Duran Duran was the second major rock act I got into before discovering metal in the 80's, and like KISS, they had a magic all their own that just pulsed through my body every time I listened to them, so I was seriously on the fence about reading this. BUT after having such a wonderful experience reading Duran Duran bassist John Taylor's autobiography, I figured I would give Andy a chance.

I am very happy to say that the customer comments on Amazon are very inaccurate. Andy gave what I felt was an honest account of being in a band that was dubbed "The Fab Five". From their meager start in England to worldwide fame that led them into the usual vices of the rock and roll lifestyle, Andy is very on point about everything, and I never felt like he was pointing fingers at anyone; he merely described certain situations with DD keyboardist Nick Rhodes that were less than savory, but at the same time, he had no problem taking responsibility for his own misgivings and faults that led to Duran Duran's eventual breakup, and reunion in the early 2000's (after which he mysteriously left again due to friction within the band). By the same token, he also spoke of the magic that he formed with Nick Rhodes that helped define the Duran Duran sound, and gave much credit to Nick. He also spoke very candidly about his family and wife of 25+ years, both of which encountered some pretty big obstacles in life. I thought this book was very endearing, and I'm glad I read it.

I think the only thing I would have liked to see was Andy talk about his guitars-which models he used throughout the years, how he dealt with an ever-changing musical atmosphere, what kind of amps he used, etc but that is just the guitarist in me talking.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Better than anecdotes would have it... 27 mars 2015
Par Mark Luljak - Publié sur
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This is actually a very candid and very minorly censored autobiography. Andy is frank, and addresses events as they transpired. He does not dish out dirt simply for the sake of dishing out dirt; anything said about what happened in a negative fashion serves the greater narrative, and is there in service of an actual point.

I've read John Taylor's autobiography, and I have to say that Andy's book is more open, more frank, less preachy, and is generally written in a far more natural tone. Andy is a natural storyteller, and comes across as quite lucid, quite intelligent, and a great conversationalist. I enjoyed this book a lot, and devoured it in two evenings. Worth the read for any fan, and answers some long- and often-posed questions.
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