|Wild Boy: My Life In Duran Duran|
|autobiography by Andy Taylor|
|Genre||Pop, Rock, autobiography|
|Dimensions||23.6 x 15.2|
|Label||Grand Central Publishing|
|behind the scenes of Duran Duran|
About the book
Andy Taylor's autobiography is an informative look at the rise of Duran Duran during the 1980s, as well as a story about a young man who rose fast to stardom, crashed and burned and now living a decidedly different life.
This book is a record charting the band's early days, from how they ushered in the New Romanticism movement, to how they viewed the band Spandau Ballet as their biggest competition, to their crazy performances at the Rum Runner nightclub in Birmingham, UK. Duran Duran were part of the new MTV generation which is covered in the book, featuring behind-the-scenes information regarding video shoots for "Union of the Snake", "New Moon on Monday", "The Reflex" and "The Wild Boys". Andy also relates interesting encounters with David Bowie, Roxy Music, AC/DC and Van Halen.
Born in a small fishing village in the North End of England in 1961, Andy enjoyed musical success in Duran Duran, but also performed and worked with other artists such as Robert Palmer, Rod Stewart and Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols.
In addition he explains the driving force behind and rise of his "other" band The Power Station, as well as how the deaths of several of his musical heroes, including Tony Thompson, Robert Palmer and Michael Hutchence deeply affected him.
The book also paints a picture of the other members of Duran Duran, but the story is told by Andy alone and any information on the other band mates' various actions seem to be included only as it pertains to the "workings of the band".
There is plenty of drugs, sex and 1980s decadence throughout the book, however Andy Taylor's honesty goes beyond this, making it more than just a rock star saga. He writes about his family, his musical career's ups and downs, both with Duran Duran as well as The Power Station, meeting and courting his wife, balancing work/life/family and inevitably deciding that life, health and happiness are more important than immense fame.
- ISBN-10 0752897276
- ISBN-13 978-0752897271