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Q&A: James Taylor

The veteran singer-songwriter on addiction, recovery, artistry, pain and nicking other people’s music.

There’s a whole lot more to James Taylor than Fire And Rain, Sweet Baby James and his stellar cover of Carole King’s You’ve Got A Friend. Over the last half-a-century he has moved from the mid-60s folk scene in New York City to London as an early signee to The Beatles’ Apple label and was a key figure in Laurel Canyon of the early 70s. He’s weathered depression, divorces and a crippling heroin problem, but somehow always managed to stay at the forefront of American songwriting.

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