The Words and Music of James Taylor

The Words and Music of James Taylor

by James E. Perone


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A valuable resource for James Taylor fans and a fascinating read for anyone interested in autobiographical popular music of the past 50 years.

• Pairs critical analysis of every significant composition and recording by James Taylor with historical perspective on the events of his 50-year life journey

• Ties Taylor's highly publicized struggles with drugs and in relationships to his songs

• Delves into the not-frequently discussed musical aspects of Taylor's writing, including his use of unusual musical forms

• Examines Taylor's arrangements and recordings of cover songs as essentially examples of re-writing the songs

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440852688
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/10/2017
Series: The Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection
Pages: 150
Sales rank: 486,588
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

James E. Perone, PhD, is associate dean of the faculty and the Margaret Morgan Ramsey Professor in Music at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, OH.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword James E. Perone vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

Overview of James Taylor's Life, Career, and Impact xi

Organization of This Book xvi

1 Flying toward Apple 1

The Early Years 1

The Flying Machine 1

James Taylor (1968) 4

2 Fire and Rain 11

Sweet Baby James (1970) 11

Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon (1971) 18

One Man Dog (1972) 25

Walking Man (1974) 31

3 In the Pocket 37

Gorilla (1975) 38

In the Pocket (1976) 42

JT(1977) 48

Flag (1979) 54

4 Dad Loves His Work 61

Dad Loves His Work (1981) 61

That's Why I'm Here (1985) 66

Never Die Young (1988) 71

New Moon Shine (1991) 74

5 Before This World 83

Hourglass (1997) 83

October Road (2002) 90

Covers (2008) 96

Before This World (2015) 101

Conclusion: Sweet Baby James 113

Annotated Discography 123

Notes 129

Annotated Bibliography 135

Index 145

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