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.
As a band, Duran Duran accumulated numerous worldwide hits, including “Wild Boys”, “The Reflex”, Hungry Like The Wolf,” “Rio,” and “A View To A Kill,” while selling over 100 million records.
As a fan of Duran Duran, I particularly enjoyed reading about the band’s early days, from how they ushered in the New Romanticism movement, to how they viewed Spandau Ballet as their biggest competition, to their crazy performances at the Rum Runner. Being of the MTV generation, I also appreciated the behind the scenes information regarding video shoots for “Union Of The Snake,” “New Moon On Monday,” “The Reflex,” and “Wild Boys.” Taylor also relates interesting encounters with David Bowie, Roxy Music, AC/DC, and Van Halen.
Taylor, who was born in a small fishing village in the North End of England in 1961, not only enjoyed musical success in Duran Duran, but also performed and worked with artists such as Robert Palmer, Rod Stewart, and Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols. In addition, Taylor explains the impetus and rise of his “other” band, 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.
Wild Boy also paints a picture of the other members of Duran Duran, but the story is told by Taylor alone, and any information on other band mates' various actions seems to be included only as it pertains to the workings of the band.
There’s plenty of drugs, sex, and '80s decadence throughout this book. However, Taylor’s honesty goes beyond, 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 and 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.
Fans of Duran Duran, Power Station, 80s music and/or the music business in general will find much to enjoy in Taylor’s Wild Boy: My Life In Duran Duran.