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Sweet dreams and flying machines : the life and music of James Taylor

Author: Mark Ribowsky
Publisher: Chicago, IL : Chicago Review Press, 2016.
Series: Cappella Book.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1970 a scraggly, antiheroic young man from North Carolina by way of Massachusetts began presenting a comforting new sound, a kind never heard before. Within a year, when young ears sought a new sound, there was "Fire and Rain" and "You've Got a Friend," and a new Southern California-fed branch of pop music. Taylor was its reluctant leader. Remarkably, Taylor has survived: his 2015 release, Before This World,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Ribowsky, Mark.
Sweet dreams and flying machines.
Chicago, IL : Chicago Review Press, 2016
(DLC) 2015047190
(OCoLC)925498808
Named Person: James Taylor; James Taylor
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Ribowsky
ISBN: 9781613733776 1613733771 9781613733790 1613733798 1613733763 9781613733769
OCLC Number: 949365399
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: How sweet it is --
"If you're Taylor and a male ..." --
Carolina in my mind --
The need for connection --
A victim of hippiephrenia --
Something's wrong --
Apple scruff --
It's like being dead --
California scheming --
Acts of god --
"Where's Joni?" --
Granfalloon --
"That's my husband" --
"That James Taylor thing" --
"A functional addict" --
"He goes away forever every day" --
Mockingbirds --
Sparks in the darkness --
Never mind feeling sorry for yourself --
Hourglass.
Series Title: Cappella Book.
Responsibility: Mark Ribowsky.

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In 1970 a scraggly, antiheroic young man from North Carolina by way of Massachusetts began presenting a comforting new sound, a kind never heard before. Within a year, when young ears sought a new sound, there was "Fire and Rain" and "You've Got a Friend," and a new Southern California-fed branch of pop music. Taylor was its reluctant leader. Remarkably, Taylor has survived: his 2015 release, Before This World, edged out Taylor Swift and went to #1 on the charts. Today he is in better physical and probably mental condition than during the whirlwind when he influenced music so heavily, the decade when magazines and newspapers printed feverish stories about his gawky hunkiness, his love affair with Joni Mitchell, his glittery marriage to Carly Simon, his endlessly carried-out heroin habit, and sometimes even his music. Despite it all, Taylor has become the nearest thing to rock royalty in America. Based on fresh interviews with musicians, producers, record company people, and music journalists, as well as previously published interviews, reviews, and profiles, Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines is the definitive biography of an elusive superstar.

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