James Taylor: Long Ago and Far Away : His Life and Music
From his Beatles sponsored debut in 1968 to his Grammy-winning Hourglass album of 1997, James Taylor has been universally acclaimed as a songwriter of exceptional eloquence and emotional power. In this major biography, Timothy White explores both the career and the troubled personal journey of the legendary singer-songwriter. Rich with insights from Paul McCartney, Carly Simon, Sting, Danny 'Kootch' Kortchmar, the entire Taylor family and many other key figures around around James Taylor and his music. Dispelling myth and rumour, Long Ago and Far Away examines the roots of Taylor's mental anguish and his recurring bouts with heroin and alcohol. This is an epic family history, an exploration of his real stories behind Fire and Rain and the rest of the songs, as well as a frank account of Taylor's days on the Apple record label, the financial disaster of his Greatest Hits album deal and the deaths and divorces that have haunted his life. No writer interviewed James Taylor and his family in greater depth over the decades than the late Timothy White, former editor in chief of Billboard and the author of the international best-seller Catch A Fire: The Life of Bob Marley. comrade Mitch Glazer and includes an epilogue about the memorial concerts for Timothy that James Taylor helped to organise. Includes many previously unpublished photos and an extensive discography and bibliography.
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