Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines

Sweet Dreams and Flying Machines

The Life and Music of James Taylor

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Baker & Taylor
Profiles the life and music of the American singer and composer who rose to stardom in the 1970s, tracing Taylor's career through the 2015 release of another billboard chart-topping album.

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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 of his first serious album, the rock icons of the '60s were gone: the Beatles, Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison. 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, while so many other stars have fallen, 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 but bollixed 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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& Taylor

In 1970 a scraggly, antiheroic man from North Carolina by way of Massachusetts began presenting a comforting yet biting new sound. Within a year, when young ears sought the latest in rock, there was "Fire and Rain" and "You've Got a Friend," and a new Southern California-fed branch of pop music. James Taylor was its reluctant leader. Remarkably, Taylor has survived: his 2015 release, Before This World, edged out Taylor Swift and went to No. 1 on the charts. Today he is in better physical (and probably mental) condition than during the whirlwind era 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.

Publisher: Chicago, IL : Chicago Review Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: (kindle)
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1613733763 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9781613733769 (cloth ; alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: B TAYLOR
Characteristics: xvii, 332 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Dec 28, 2016

Mostly gossipy, rehashing of stuff I've been reading for years. I wouldn't say this was insightful and it's not particularly entertaining.

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