Taylor Swift: Every Day Is a Fairytale: The Unofficial Story

Taylor Swift: Every Day Is a Fairytale: The Unofficial Story

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by Liv Spencer
     
 

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Chronicling the meteoric rise of one of today's hottest musical stars, this comprehensive biography reveals how Swift has conquered the pop and country music charts, earned a shelf full of awards, and broke multiple chart records--all before turning 20.

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Chronicling the meteoric rise of one of today's hottest musical stars, this comprehensive biography reveals how Swift has conquered the pop and country music charts, earned a shelf full of awards, and broke multiple chart records--all before turning 20.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550229318
Publisher:
ECW Press
Publication date:
06/24/2010
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
873,041
Product dimensions:
8.12(w) x 9.98(h) x 0.35(d)
Lexile:
1170L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

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Leaving Pennsylvania behind wasn’t too difficult for Taylor, who was literally moving closer to her Nashville dream and away from her bullying classmates, but it required a bigger sacrifice from the rest of her uprooted family, especially her father, who had to transfer his business. Nevertheless, the Swifts never put pressure on Taylor. She told Self magazine, “I knew I was the reason they were moving. But they tried to put no pressure on me. They were like, ‘Well, we need a change of scenery anyway’ and ‘I love how friendly people in Tennessee are.’” Andrea had faith in her daughter and trusted her intentions, “It was never about ‘I want to be famous.’ Taylor never uttered those words. It was about moving to a place where she could write with people she could learn from.”

Taylor was glad her family trusted her instincts. “Sometimes you don’t have a sure answer as to where you’re going to go or where you’re going to end up, but if you have an instinct as to where you don’t need to be, you need to follow it and my parents let me make that decision completely,” recalls Taylor.

She didn’t have a label anymore, but she had experience working with one. In 2004, Taylor was featured in an Abercrombie & Fitch “rising stars” campaign and one of her songs appeared on a compilation album, the Maybelline–produced Chicks with Attitude. “The Outside,” the song she’d written about feeling excluded in middle school, had found a temporary home.

It wasn’t long before Taylor found a home as a songwriter at Sony/ATV Records. She was the youngest songwriter they’d ever hired, which is an impressive feat, but Taylor knew she’d still have to prove herself by acting with maturity beyond her years. “I knew the stereotype people had when they heard the words ‘14–year–old girl’ was that I wasn’t going to do the hard work, and I wanted people to know that I was,” Taylor emphasized. “One of my first songwriting sessions was with [accomplished songwriter and producer] Brett Beavers, and I walked in with 15 different starts to songs. I love being prepared and I love organization, and I need people to know that I care and that this is important to me.”

Being a professional songwriter meant that Taylor had to lead a sort of double life, going to high school in Hendersonville during the day and writing songs in the afternoons in downtown Nashville, less than 20 miles away. Taylor called her life back then “a really weird existence,” and elaborated, “I was a teenager during the day when I was at school, and then at night it was like I was 45. My mom would pick me up from school and I’d go downtown and sit and write songs with these hit songwriters.”

The social politics of high school in Tennessee turned out to be very similar to those of junior high in Pennsylvania, but luckily for Taylor, there was one major difference that made school tolerable — a great friend. Taylor met red–haired Abigail Anderson in ninth grade English, when the new girl wowed the class with her sophisticated composition. “We were the ones in the back of the class saying negative things about Romeo and Juliet because we were so bitter toward that emotion at the time,” recalled Abigail. Neither girl was a member of the popular clique, so the pair made their own rules, focusing on what they actually cared about rather than what other people did. For Taylor, that was music; for Abigail, competitive swimming: “When I was a freshman, I knew I wanted to swim in college, at a Division 1 school, and she knew that she wanted to go on tour.” Such focus set the girls apart from their classmates, and bonded them together. Taylor explained to the New York Times, “It just dawned on me that I had to love being different or else I was going to end up being dark and angry and frustrated by school.” Being different meant staying away from the popular–girl party scene, which Taylor had already decided didn’t appeal to her. Taylor told Glamour, “I remember seeing girls crying in the bathroom every Monday about what they did at a party that weekend. I never wanted to be that girl.”

Meet the Author


Liv Spencer is the author of "Love Bites: The Unofficial Saga of Twilight "and "The Miranda Cosgrove and iCarly Spectacular!" She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Taylor Swift: Every Day Is a Fairytale: The Unofficial Story 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Taylor swift i want you to knew iam your 1# fan Natale
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont have concert tickets but that doesnt mean i dont love taylor to death i love the girl buetiful sings and writes songs so well and she has soooooo much humor i woulfd die if she ever even said my name!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Im her biggest fan. Shes the greatest and perfect. My fave song from red is all too well. I could listen to it all day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've know Miss Swift and she is like a big sister to me. She wants me to tell her fans that she loves you and wants to meet you all! - Kristi
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I freaking love Taylor, she is amazing and soooo talented. I definetly recomend this book, toats worth the money.
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I have all her albums i have a taylor swift blanket i have a whole bunch of books about her i have journals wit taylor on them and for christmas all i wanted was ts concert tickets and i got them so cant wait till taylor comes to louisville kentucky!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant wait for her new album coming out TOMORROW. Her album is called RED!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am Taylors biggest fan and I am first I luv Taylor she is super awsome and she is not inapropite and does not curse!!! She is aweaome and no one say anythig mean about her. KAtHerInE
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
None of u r her number 1 fan a million people say that sooo i guess she doesnt have a number 1 fan just a bunch of fans
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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When ever i meet someone thier like omg you look like taylor swift and taylor swift is like my role model because shes a one of a kind person :)
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