Let me start out this review by saying “I was a Duranie”. I was nicknamed Rio in high school marching band (a derivative of a childhood nickname my sister gave me of RieRie) and every single last inch, LITERALLY, of my bedroom walls were covered with Duran Duran posters. I still have all my Duran Duran buttons and a pretty large stack of said posters safely tucked away in a box in my garage. I was convinced I was going to marry John Taylor (whose bones I would still jump in less than a heartbeat if I thought I stood even a miniscule chance of not getting arrested for doing so). And I absolutely loved their music in the 80’s. Ok who am I kidding … I’m STILL a Duranie and probably will be to my dying day. Their music changed so many things in music overall and is the back drop to some really fantastic memories of high school and marching band.
Now having said all that, I started reading this book with some pretty serious trepidation. Wondering if it was going to be simply a case of sour grapes and bitter memories and all the problems being someone else’s fault. I was pleasantly surprised to find that not to be the case at all.
Mr. Taylor was able to look back on his career and see with the 20/20 of hindsight his own faults and foibles and how it affected his life. He fully acknowledges his own culpability in many of the issues that affected the band and his life outside of it. He also gives a pretty clear view of the life of a mega star and how that life has changed through the years, not just for him but for those in the same field as well. This is however one man’s perspective and should only be taken as such.
Mr. Taylor also reminds us all that no matter what your profession is, there are some things that are vastly more important than any dollar amount or accolades or bright lights. He also reminds us that life is very much like a roller coaster ride … and that without the lows you can’t fully appreciate the highs. And that in the end(a very long end preferabley) …“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body—but rather a skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow, what a ride!’ ”
What a ride, indeed, Mr. Taylor. WHAT A RIDE! Thank you for sharing it and your incredible talent with this Duranie.
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.