I enjoyed listening to this book tremendously! I especialky lived that it was narrated by John himself. I recommend it. It gives you a perspective like no other.
Loved it. Finished it in one day. What a fantastic story of achieving the near impossible dream and awakening to a nightmare of their own making. Something that any human, if they have the capacity to be honest with themselves, could be forced to face or somehow allow to happen. John Taylor presents a remarkable personal story that is, albeit not entirely unheard of in the world of a rock musician or celebrity, yet told so honestly and absent of unnecessary or lengthy cliche type of detail that it really seems unique to others and yet far more relatable for the average person. An autobiography less about being a rock star and more about being a human being.
I've been reading audiobooks since the early 90's. They've saved my life since I hate the radio. My preference is fiction, unique memoir.
Any Gen X'er remembers how much music was an element of the culture during the eighties. MTV was just widely available and Duran Duran, the second wave of the English Invasion, with their good looks and catchy tunes were front and center in our living rooms each afternoon. We all had a favorite, but my friend Cindy had no less than two dozen photos of John Taylor on her wall.
This is well read, but also well-told, providing an insider's look at the evolution of this band and the music industry during the 70s and 80s. Taylor describes how the albums were produced and the politics involved, the external relationships and those among the band. He's candid about the impact of new success, the excesses in narcotics and women. There are some very potent descriptions of the effects of drug use, both the high and the eventual low. It would be worth reading for these descriptions alone if you're like me and will only ever use hard drugs vicariously through others.
This is a redemption story and all the excesses mark insecurities. Like any recovering addict, in a position to write such a book, there's a struggle to reclaim his life. We're glad at the end he's able to do that. Not just because he's John Taylor, the bassist chick-magnet from Duran Duran, but because over the 350 pages, he comes off as a decent guy and we like the good guys to win.
As a die hard Duranie since 1982, I've been extremely anxious to read John's autobiography. The book is very well written. Candid while still maintaining integrity and class. John shares his story like a spellbinding play, giving you just enough juicy details, without selling out those who play a part in it . It truly takes you on his journey, getting a sense of the euphoria, the frustration with himself, the musical passion, the joys and the losses of his life.
I normally am not a fan of audio books, but when I saw this is actually narrated by John himself, I decided to give it a try. So glad I did. Listening to him tell it, was like sitting down with John, over a cup of tea while he reminisced. It was truly like having a personal conversation with an old friend. Wonderful book. I almost hated finishing it and ending my time with John.
John Taylor's autobiography tells an earnest, honest account of his life. Hearing his story in his voice gave it such flavor and texture! John has an excellent speaking voice-- rhythmic, soothing, thoughtful, vibrant...
The struggle to learn, love and grow... with God, guitars and bass instruments, the band Duran Duran and its music, the brotherhood that is more than the band. And learning about yourself, fighting demons and seeking love...it's very well told.
I found myself getting teary at the decline and death of his parents. Mother's rapidly failing health and his father's loss of his wife, independence and memories. As an only child, your parents are your world, so I can only empathize with John's loss.
The demons of drugs and alcohol is another hard-fought battle for John. Hearing him speak about relieving his fear and loneliness with cocaine, pills and booze was saddening. Praise be to God that getting help and staying clean and sober gave him a new life, and a renewed appreciation and love for all he holds dear.
I felt like I was able to grow along with John Taylor - even if some more painful details were glossed over. Overall this was enjoyable to listen to while doing household chores or driving to and from work.