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Wild Boy

My Life in Duran Duran

eBook - 2008 | 1st ed.
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Duran Duran rose to fame with a string of 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 charts every moment of Duran Duran's roller-coaster rise from their early days as club musicians through to international superstardom. He reveals the truth about the allegations of drug abuse and wild hedonism that dogged them. He captures the glamour and excitement of the band's video shoots and the opulence of their world tours. And, moving from hilarious to harrowing at the turn of a page, he describes how the pressures of fame took a terrible personal toll on him and his family.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780446546065
0446546062
Characteristics: 1 online resource (vi, 324 p., [24] p. of plates) : ill. (chiefly col.).
Alternative Title: My life in Duran Duran
Contents: Philadelphia, July 13, 1985
The North East, 1972
The rum runner, 1980
Girls on film
and everywhere else!
Rio : love & war
The birth of the MTV generation
Princess Diana's favorite band
"The reflex"
and cracking America
America
and cracking up
"I saw Duran Duran go crazy on cocaine"
Wild boys
and darker still
The Power Station
and power struggles
Live aid : the final curtain
Beyond the Power Station : the LA years
ooh la la
Life forces : idols & influences
Duran Duran II : roaring back
into the tiger's den
Kings of the Brits
History repeats : why I am no longer in Duran Duran
Ibiza, 2008.
Summary: Duran Duran rose to fame with a string of 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 charts every moment of Duran Duran's roller-coaster rise from their early days as club musicians through to international superstardom. He reveals the truth about the allegations of drug abuse and wild hedonism that dogged them. He captures the glamour and excitement of the band's video shoots and the opulence of their world tours. And, moving from hilarious to harrowing at the turn of a page, he describes how the pressures of fame took a terrible personal toll on him and his family.--From publisher description.

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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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