Wild Boy by Andy Taylor
My Life in Duran Duran

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 4 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

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.
 

About Andy Taylor

See more books from this Author
Andy Taylor was born in a small fishing village in the North East of England in 1961. He learned to play guitar at the age of eight and as a teenager he toured American airbases in Germany with a cover band, before joining Duran Duran in 1980. In the five years that followed, the band would have ten Top 10 UK hit singles and two #1 hit singles in the U.S. before he left, and have gone on to sell 100 million records worldwide. A hugely accomplished musician, having worked with artists as diverse as Robert Palmer, Rod Stewart, and Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols, Andy lives with his wife Tracey and their family in Ibiza.
 
Published September 9, 2008 by Grand Central Publishing. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Wild Boy

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

After stints in cover bands, he answered a guitarist-wanted ad in Melody Maker and, still in his teens, became a member of Duran Duran, the “it” band at Birmingham’s notorious Rum Runner club.

Aug 01 2008 | Read Full Review of Wild Boy: My Life in Duran Duran

BC Books

See more reviews from this publication

Andy Taylor’s honesty makes 'Wild Boy: My Life In Duran Duran' more than just a rock star saga.

Jan 31 2009 | Read Full Review of Wild Boy: My Life in Duran Duran

BC Books

See more reviews from this publication

Andy Taylor’s autobiography, Wild Boy: My Life In Duran Duran, is an informative look at the rise of iconic '80s band Duran Duran, as well as an interesting story about a young man who rose fast to stardom, crashed and burned, and is now living a decidedly different life.

Jan 31 2009 | Read Full Review of Wild Boy: My Life in Duran Duran

Monsters and Critics

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 ...more Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor paints an illuminating if frequently bland picture of the band’...

Oct 03 2008 | Read Full Review of Wild Boy: My Life in Duran Duran

Reader Rating for Wild Boy
80%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 182 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review