James taylor biography amazon
Your Shopping Cart is empty. Retrieved June 25, He did not finally get sober until his mids, when he started the reinvention that makes that untamed past impossible to recognise now.
It has him assessing his role in the musical firmament as an older man, with a palpable sense of wonder. He toured in Italy and around Europe but not in Britain, where he played last year ahead of the release of Before This World, and will play extensively in America through the summer. As word emerged that the album was finally ready, he hinted that it will be his last record, on the basis that, at this level of productivity, the next one would be coming to fruition as he turned Thankfully, the new record was such a pleasure to make that, he tells me, he would love to make another one.
Platform' ; if meta. Nevertheless, when we chat at length in his hotel room, Taylor — whom I first interviewed more than 20 years ago, and who remains hugely engaging company — admits that he still knows the version of himself who almost did not make it here: That was the wake-up call Taylor needed. Later said to have drowned in his bed. After the laughter, the wave of dread, it hits us like a ton of lead. You short-circuit all of that stuff and just go for the button that says this feels good over and over again.
He laughs at the absurdity. Today Today Today glances back specifically to the time when Taylor was a teenager. One of five children born into a well-to-do Boston family, he learnt cello as a child before switching to guitar, not least as a way to impress girls. But by the time he was applying to colleges, he was falling into depression, and at the age of 17 he checked himself into McLean psychiatric hospital in Massachusetts for 10 months.
On arriving in England at the age of 19 he found, to his astonishment, not only that the musical climate was more conducive, but that he was noticed and admired by the Beatles, who made him the first international signing to their Apple record label.
They married the following year and, from a distance, seemed the perfect match: But they separated in and divorced two years later. Taylor does not keep direct contact with Simon, and does not refer to her by name, but he speaks fondly of their children, Sally, now 41, and Ben, A well-received album, Gorilla showcased Taylor's electric, lighter side that was evident on Walking Man. However, it was arguably a more consistent and fresher-sounding Taylor, with classics such as "Mexico", "Wandering" and "Angry Blues".
It also featured a song about his daughter Sally, "Sarah Maria". Gorilla was followed in by In the PocketTaylor's last studio album to be released under Warner Bros. The album found him with many colleagues and friends, including Art GarfunkelDavid CrosbyBonnie Raitt and Stevie Wonder who co-wrote a song with Taylor and contributed a harmonica solo.
A melodic album, it was highlighted with the single " Shower the People ", an enduring classic that hit 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and almost hit the Top 20 of the Pop Charts. However, the album was not well received, reaching 16 and being criticized, particularly by Rolling Stone.
Still, In The Pocket went on to be certified gold. With the close of Taylor's contract with Warner, in November, the label released Greatest Hitsthe album that comprised most of his best work between and With time, it became his best-selling album ever. In Taylor signed with Columbia Records. Between March and April, he quickly recorded his first album for the label. Peter Herbst of Rolling Stone was particularly favorable to the album, of which he wrote in its August 11, issue, "JT is the least stiff and by far the most various album Taylor has done.
That's not meant to criticize Taylor's earlier efforts But it's nice to hear him sounding so healthy. The song also topped the Canadian charts. The success of the album propelled the release of two further singles; the up-tempo pop " Your Smiling Face ," an enduring live favorite, reached the American Top 20; however, " Honey Don't Leave L.
After briefly working on Broadwayhe took a one-year break, reappearing in the summer ofwith the cover-studded Platinum album titled Flagfeaturing a Top 30 version of Gerry Goffin 's and Carole King's " Up on the Roof. Taylor also appeared on the No Nukes concert in Madison Square Garden, where he made a memorable live performance of "Mockingbird" with his wife Carly.
The concert appeared on both the No Nukes album and film. Taylor told the BBC in And it was surreal to actually have contact with the guy 24 hours before he shot John. In MarchTaylor released the album Dad Loves His Work whose themes concerned his relationship with his father, the course his ancestors had taken, and the effect that he and Simon had on each other.
James Taylor: 'A big part of my story is recovery from addiction'
Simon announced her separation from Taylor in September saying, "Our needs are different; it seem[s] impossible to stay together" and their divorce finalized in Taylor had thoughts of retiring by the time he played the Rock in Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro in January I was asked to go down to Rio de Janeiro to play in this festival down there. We put the band together and went down and it was just an amazing response.
I played topeople. They not only knew my music, they knew things about it and were interested in aspects of it that to that point had only interested me. To have that kind of validation right about then was really what I needed. It helped get me back on track. John the Divine in New York. In the late s, he began touring regularly, especially on the summer amphitheater circuit. His later concerts feature songs spanning his career and are marked by the musicianship of his band and backup singers.
After six years since his last studio album, in Taylor released Hourglassan introspective album that gave him the best critical reviews in almost twenty years. The album had much of its focus on Taylor's troubled past and family. Flanked by two greatest hit releases, Taylor's Platinum-certified October Road appeared in to a receptive audience.
It featured a number of quiet instrumental accompaniments and passages. Overall, it found Taylor in a more peaceful frame of mind; rather than facing a crisis now, Taylor said in an interview that "I thought I'd passed the midpoint of my life when I was A Christmas Album with distribution through Hallmark Cards.
Always visibly active in environmental and liberal causes, in OctoberTaylor joined the Vote for Change tour playing a series of concerts in American swing states.
These concerts were organized by MoveOn. Bush in that year's presidential campaign. Taylor's appearances were joint performances with the Dixie Chicks.
Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.
Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Audible Download Audio Books. AudiobookStand Discount Audiobooks on Disc. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. East Dane Designer Men's Fashion.
Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.
Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Audible Download Audio Books.
AudiobookStand Discount Audiobooks on Disc. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. East Dane Designer Men's Fashion. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Warehouse Deals Open-Box Discounts. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.