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Posted September 3, 2001
I read this book with great curiosity. And I wasn't dissappointed. James Taylor is truly one of my favorite artists. The author here reflects accurately and tastefully on his outstanding career. I highly recommend this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 27, 2001
Whether or not you like JT, read this book. There's so much here to be learned about the music industry. Great stuff about his ex wife Carly Simon and his longtime mentor Paul McCartney. A must read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 12, 2001
Posted May 17, 2001
Compelling, heartwarming, and incredible detail about the music industry. I strongly recommend this book to anyone intrested in or connected to the music industry.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 18, 2001
I was very disapointed in this book. The author seemed to rely on very vauge sources for his writing (very little if any from James himself) and the content was weak. As a diehard Taylor fan I would not recommend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 13, 2001
Whether or not you are a fan of James Taylor, this book is a must for all music fans. Well-written and researched, there's a lot to learn here about the music industry. I have followed Taylor's career for more than 20 years and I can only thank the author for providing such a candid effort about one of my all-time favorite singers. Taylor was recently inducted into the Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame. It's clear from reading Fire and Rain why he continues to make such good music, many years after many of his colleagues careers have faded. I literally could not put this book down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 3, 2001
I literally could not put this book down. I read it from cover to cover in two straight days. It is very well-written and balanced. The info about the early parts of his career is most valuable. A great book about my favorite singer.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 12, 2000
There is no doubt that time will place James Taylor into a class of poetic artists on the same place as other classics such as James Joyce, and William Wordsworth. Having been a lifelong fan of James Taylor, and forged my own musical career from a point tracing back to my first introduction to the song, 'Fire and Rain,' I have always sought more knowledge about the life of JT. Due to the respectful privacy in which JT lives his life, I am sure that author, Ian Halperin had to piece this book together from the few shreds of info on JT found here and there. Much of the book I did find enlightening and enjoyed having a little insight into the life of a musical genius of the utmost sincerity. The factual side of this book I very much enjoyed. There was one area that sorely stuck out in offense to the subject and could not have been based on any known fact, leaving it totally unnecessary in it's reference to masturbation. This statement, lowered the stature of quality in reference to the book in my eyes. For the apparent admonishment seemed to reflect a tabloid mentality of the author, or maybe just inexperience of the authur. There were also, many typographical errors reflecting a poor editing job of the transcript. I guess, all in all, I welcome any source of additional information on an artist whom has impacted our musical culture and personal lives so deeply. Therefore, I applaud Ian Halperin's efforts to provide us insight into the life and times of JT. Considering, how little direct information was probably available, Halperin probably did the best he could in his quest. I enjoyed the factual information. I very much enjoyed the insight which Halperin provided us into the life of Carly Simon, in her commitment to her family and her continual struggles, personal strength and character in her efforts to keep her family together and rescue her husband from his demons of the time. Carly Simon showed character above and beyond that which would have been expected from an entertainer of such notoriety and stature. I was left with great appreciation and respect for Carly Simon. I hope that someday, James Taylor will provide us his own story, in his own words. I believe this is the book we ultimately seek. James Taylor is an inspiration to all whom seem to come in contact with him. My most memorable moment, other than the birth of my children, was when I had the opportunity to reach up and shake James Taylor's hand during a concert in Hampton, VA. James Taylor is a legend of unmeasurable stature. I believe this stems from the man himself, whom is revealed in his songs. James Taylor is the inspiration, his songs simply serve as the sermons of his life, endearing us with each new chapter of his life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.