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Wild Boy by Andy Taylor
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Jun 03, 12

Read in May, 2012

I enjoyed this book far more than I expected to, even for a Duran Duran fan. I have to say my prejudice against rock stars and their writing ability predisposed me to this book being mediocre. It's not Hemingway, but the man writes like he speaks. As such, the book comes across as an affable guy telling the story of how he used to be in a band, write music, do drugs, and met his wife.

I brought this book along on a trip to Sri Lanka where many of Duran Duran's videos were shot. Taylor's story provided a great backdrop to my trip. He tells of his life growing up in England, how his mother left him when he was just a child, how he answered an ad to join a band that became Duran Duran, how the band's star skyrocketed, and ultimately his personal struggles.

Reading all this was a lot of fun. He describes the other rock stars he meets along the way such as Rod Stewart and Robert Palmer. He describes the stupid stuff the band did, like the night John Taylor got drunk and cut up his feet dancing on vodka bottles. He tells of how Simon Le Bon used to wind up hotel clerks by complaining about the quality of the hotel's porn.

The best part is near the end of the book where Andy Taylor talks about the creative side of Duran Duran. He simply gushes over the process and his feelings when realizes they've put out a good song. I loved reading him describe the first time he heard the American remix of "the Reflex" by Nile Rodgers, describing how the music and lyrics came together and the first time he heard the "tah nah nah nah" to open the track. He called "The Reflex" one of the best pop songs.

This is a fun book that starts off simple and just gets better and better. His only regret, falling into an elephant bathing pool in Sri Lanka and swallowing a mouth full of elephant piss.
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Karen Whitney I will have to agree with you on the book. All the highs and lows of one of the greatest bands of the '80s. This book gives it to you. One minute I was sad for Andy. The next I was so touched. By the way he looks after his beautiful wife, when she was ill. To all the good and bad times the band went though. I can't put it down. John's. book is next on my hit list to read. I still love this band, now and for ever.


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