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Fire and rain : the James Taylor story
Halperin, Ian.
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Updated edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Citadel Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
xiii, 273 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 23 cm
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Originally published: 2000.
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ML410.T2 H35 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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"Fire and Rain" chronicles the remarkable life of James Taylor, from his privileged childhood in Boston to his tumultuous marriage to pop star Carly Simon and the premature alcoholism-related death of his brother, Alex. Award-winning journalist Halperin reveals the troubled man behind the public persona. Photos.

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Library Journal Review

Considering the drama in folksinger Taylor's life, this biography is curiously dull. Taylor was born into an affluent but dysfunctional family and spent his teen years on drugs, suicidal, and in and out of psychiatric hospitals. The only connection he could seem to make was with his music. But he made it big at the age of 22Äwhen he was on the cover of TimeÄand went on to become the hottest singer-songwriter of the 1970s. After falling into and out of love with Joni Mitchell, he married Carly Simon (also a complex and driven personality). The marriage was marred by Taylor's drug use and the infidelities of both spouses, and they eventually divorced. Though there are some interesting revelations here, Halperin's (Who Killed Kurt Cobain?) writing style is not engaging; the book reads like a compilation of old magazine articles. Interviews and quotes are used too liberally, giving the text a tabloid quality. Buy where demand warrants.ÄRosellen Brewer, Monterey Bay Area Cooperative Lib. Syst., Pacific Grove, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.