Long Ago and Far Away: James Taylor - His Life and Musicby Timothy White
The softcover edition of the best-selling definitive biography of singer-songwriter James Taylor. His popular appeal remains undimmed almost 40 years after he emerged as a protégé of Paul McCartney to become a global superstar. This candid biography explores Taylor’s Scottish ancestry, his career, his failed marriage to Carly Simon and his contentious relationship… See more details below
The softcover edition of the best-selling definitive biography of singer-songwriter James Taylor. His popular appeal remains undimmed almost 40 years after he emerged as a protégé of Paul McCartney to become a global superstar. This candid biography explores Taylor’s Scottish ancestry, his career, his failed marriage to Carly Simon and his contentious relationship with the Warner Bros. Record label.
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I didn't expect such a well-written book, but couldn't put it down last summer. I've met his father and the info seems true to life. Provides a broad background of this great live performer to this L.A. and Chapel Hill resident.
Full of the unexpected, and a lot about relationships. This is the Taylors' book, but you find a lot on the Simons here too: publishing background of father, emotional intrigues. Whether you like James and Carly equally or could take one over the other, Taylor's first wife gets her own hearing. Her family is touched by the sun, and burned. She gets through most of it: 'Carly was uniquely beautiful, pregnant or otherwise, and wrote beautiful songs, like 'Look Me In The Eyes,' but she didn't believe it herself, couldn't trust the conventional evidence.' After CS & JT split, she has one of the best lines: 'Basically he just wasn't willing to dress up like Louis XIV before we went to bed every night. I really demand that of a partner.' Living in the USA.
I grew up with James Taylor's music. During those years, I heard him sing about his 'lovely mother' and his 'lonely father' and thought how it would be to know them, and the other Taylor children and their friends. Wonder of wonders, this lovely book made this a reality. It's a story with big scope to it, and it took me to Scotland and Carolina in my mind. Everyone who has ever loved James Taylor's music will have a closer relationship to it thanks to this engrossing book.
I was skeptical of this book, since I felt burned by the fan bio that came a while ago and was mostly an old clippings thing. This was a gigantic improvment. Getting James to personally reveal himself on the level he does here was amazing, but having the other family members do the same was really special. If you expect the usual trashy music story this isn't one. If you want something intense about how a family loses and wins over time and oceans, this is it. It's the best thing I've read since that book about the whaling ship Essex. I took this back to school with me after the holidays and my friends flipped for it too. And it made all the music sound better.