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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (6 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752883380
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752883380
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 490,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Even when recounting the "paranoia and insanity" [Andy Taylor] comes across as a solid likeable bloke... It's the small details that make this book so entertaining.**** (LONDON LITE - 16/09/08)

Wild Boy is a likeable, capably written autobiography that lifts the few remaining lids on Duran's 80s excesses.**** (TIME OUT) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By dneaeade on 9 April 2010
Format: Paperback
It's great to finally have explanations about the re-union and the two break-ups, because it's obvious we'd never get the truth from the newspapers.

Andy has always been my least favorite member of Duran Duran, but now that I have read his book, I see him very differently and I must admit that his personal story is very moving, he even made me cry, especially when he talked about his parents.

When I get this book, at first I thought I would skip all the pages that were not going to be Duran Duran related but in the end, I was very pleasantly surprised to realize how I enjoyed reading all about his life, this book is really fascinating. At the end, I was almost in fact skipping a lot of Duran pages after all.

One thing is for sure, I will never see Nick Rhodes or John Taylor the same way again, but I still would like to listen to their versions of events too.

My only regret is that, since it's a book written by Andy and not Simon or Nick, it's obvious that a lot of important steps of Duran Duran's musical evolution are missing (Notorious, Big Thing, Wedding album etc.).

But what really saddens me the most is that, after I've read the book, I was left a little bit depressed because I felt that if all the Duran guys spent more time in the recording studios than on bars, at parties, using drugs or drinking alcohol, we'll have much more than only 4 studio albums made by the five of them !

Reading that book also convinced me (just like it was the case for Depeche Mode too I guess) that too much touring is what kills these bands in the first place by draining all their enthusiasm and energy. Because I'm sure it's no coincidence that both bands were brought on the brink of destruction immediately after doing huge american tours.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Peto on 27 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
The paperback edition (summer 2009) seems to have ironed out the editorial errors in the first (2008) hardback edition. As others have said, Andy comes across as extremely likeable, very honest and funny as hell. The stories and anecdotes about the rise of Duran Duran from 1980 to 1983 are unbelievable, but clearly true. The view from the stratosphere (1983-85) sounds terrifying, a living nightmare...please read the book to see how the band and the band members disintegrate under the intense public gaze. There are lots of "Now I understand!" moments, where you can piece together where Andy's account 'dovetails' with the 'official' version of events that had been fed to the fans over the years.

It's a real roller coaster, and you can totally get why these 5 men in their early 20s went mad in their own ways as a way of coping with the pressures of fame. 5 normal-ish guys who suddenly found themselves in a whirlwind. Just as with Beatlemania 20 years before, there was a heavy price to pay mentally and physically and it is a miracle that none of them ended up dead: Simon is clearly a fun and optimistic character, but has slight delusions of artistic grandeur and developed a hard shell to protect himself from the cruel music and tabloid press. Nick, with the overarching artistic vision (Warhol's mini-me?!), but a control freak with the ability to disconnect emotionally from difficult situations. Andy, heart on his sleeve, rocker and musician at heart, no bull, but always the Geordie outsider: he has battled his own demons with drink, drugs and depression, supported over the decades by his amazing and long-suffering wife, Tracey (she sounds like a well-rounded saint in the Yasmin Le Bon mould).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. P. Sibley on 13 July 2009
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A very enjoyable read. Being a Duran fan, I was hoping that Mr Taylor wouldn't slag the others off too much and he doesn't at all. Andy comes across as accepting that there were a lot of differences with the other band members but an admission that it was no-ones fault and he was as much to blame as anyone. He goes on to say that he wouldn't change a thing because of the amazing journey it all took him on. Lots of funny stories and you get the feeling that he's just as gutted as anyone that it didn't quite work out which is refreshing because usually ex-band members just rip into a dishing-out-the-dirt splurt! Andy was probably my least favourite band member but that may have changed now, the book reveals a different side to his character that I'd never seen before and he appears to be a genuine, likeable man throughout. It's a real shame that they couldn't patch up the differences as they all seem to respect each other immensely. I also forgot just how important "Andy's sound" was to the early Duran albums and without that they may well not of ever cracked it - especially America. Listen to those great early songs again, they've got Andy's guitar riffs stamped all over them (and Roger, John, and Nick and Simon)!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TummyMummy on 6 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
Wasn't expecting much with this book. Andy was my least favourite Duranie as he seemed rather arrogant, but thought I'd give it a go. How wrong was I! This is a very well written book and what comes across is his love for his wife and family. How many rock n roll marriages have lasted as long as his? He has obviously survived all the excesses flung his way and hasn't let it all go to his head. Still think its shame the boys couldn't work together but don't blame Andy for getting out while he still could.
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