Break Shot: My First 21 Years

Break Shot: My First 21 Years

"I’m James Taylor and I’m a professional autobiographer," says the celebrated folk singer at the start of this tender audio memoir. Through decades of music by one of the best-selling musicians of all time, who created classics like "Fire and Rain" and "Carolina in My Mind," James Taylor has doled out his history in the poetry of his work. Taylor says his early life is, "the source of many of my songs," and Break Shot is a tour of his first 21 years in rich, new detail. Praised by Forbes magazine as going "beyond the spoken word," Break Shot combines storytelling, music and performance to create a one-of-a-kind listening experience. Longtime fans will savor a crop of musical gems, including an unreleased recording of the beloved hymn "Jerusalem," selections from his newest release American Standard, as well as new original scoring by Taylor specially recorded for Break Shot and more from the Grammy Award-winning artist.

Recorded in his home studio, TheBarn in western Massachusetts, Taylor tells the deeply personal story of his youth, which is entwined with the story of his family. What started as an idyllic tight unit soon became a family sent to different emotional corners—like a break shot in the game of pool, he says, when you slam the cue ball into the fifteen other balls and they all go flying off. By the time Taylor released his breakout second album in 1970, Sweet Baby James, he had seen the disintegration of his parents’ marriage and his family crumble in the aftermath. He had committed himself twice to a psychiatric hospital, battled depression, a heroin addiction, suffered a relapse, and traveled far away from the wood smoke and moonshine of the North Carolina landscapes in which he came of age. Despite it all, he was also on the cusp of superstardom and on his way to bringing light and joy to millions. He was 21.

Journey with James Taylor to a time before he became a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors and both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Arts—and a beloved voice to millions.

Title:Break Shot: My First 21 Years
Edition Language:English
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    Break Shot: My First 21 Years Reviews

  • Char

    I'm not that big a fan of James Taylor, but he's from the area where I live, (western MA) and I thought this audio might be interesting. I was wrong. For a memoir that covers a musician with drug addi...

  • Mary

    What a gift to his fans. ...

  • Cheri

    In the game of pool, a break shot is the initial action that influences all the moves made after, and thus affects the entire trajectory of the game. In James Taylor’s audible book, Break Shot it is...

  • Mark

    Like many of us here, I grew up listening to James Taylor. Our 8th Grade graduation song was the Carole King penned "You've Got a Friend", which Taylor made famous. We sang it heartily. This Audible o...

  • Shannon

    Audible Review Overall 3 out of 5 starsPerformance 3 out of 5 starsStory 3 out of 5 starsInteresting, but depressing. I'm not a diehard James Taylor fan, but I do enjoy his music so when Audible offer...

  • Alaina

    "Just yesterday mornin', they let me know you were goneSuzanne the plans they made put an end to youI walked out this morning and I wrote down this songI just can't remember who to send it to..."I gre...

  • MELISSA

    Heartbreak, courage, surviving and thriving. Kudos to Mr. Taylor for so many things - of course his music (outstanding and a staple for me while I was in college and still 50 years later) - but having...

  • Jared Webster

    Short (1 1/2 hour) bio of James Taylor talking about his life up to the release of Sweet Baby James. Very interesting and honest look at his struggles with Substance Abuse and the events that led to h...

  • Alan Teder

    Review which I have saved offline (see Public Service Announcement (PSA) below):Memoir of a Song Man with Musical ExcerptsReview of the Audible Original audiobook edition (USA January 30, 2020, Canada...

  • Carol Bakker

    A memoir written in a minor key. Haunting. Pensive. Taylor's narration is entwined with accompanying music. He tells the mostly sad backstories to several well-known lyrics. Yay! He plays the cello! M...