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When looking at the now 53-year-old James Taylor it is difficult to imagine him as a ground-breaking rock and roll musician The tall lanky bald man with the mild demeanor has made an indelible mark on the music industry and is showing no signs of riding off into the sunset While his songs acted as a pseudo-soundtrack to the 70s generation they are an amazing look into his troubled past In addition to coping with his personal demons Taylor has become known for being one of musics strongest political activists and supporters of causes He was recently featured in the four-hour documentary titled Stand and Be Counted about political activism by musicians Taylor is also one of the foremost supporters of the annual concert since 1985 Rock in Rio a benefit to help save the rain forest In addition to his many Earth Day concerts Taylor has become a supporter of many environmental causes most notably the No Nukes concerts of 1979 held at New Yorks Madison Square Garden Nuclear energy has a really bad track record said Taylor 1981 wwwjames-taylorcomtextNYT4-81txt Before he could use his prominence to educate the masses on political issues Taylor had to fight through many of his own personal issues James was raised in the affluent home of Isaac Taylor dean of the University of North Carolinas medical school and Trudy Taylor a classically trained soprano The Taylor family had a strong musical influence the family frequently held kitchen concerts in which James played the cello brother Alex played the violin sister Kate and brother Livingston played the piano and mother Trudy sang White 1981 wwwjames-taylorcomtextrs6-81txt Isaac fondly recalls James first recording at the age of two James sang along with his father the song Little Red Wagon Painted Blue Isaac recorded on an old wire recorder White 1981 wwwjames-taylorcomtextrs6-81txt James loved the countryside of North Carolina and relished the familys summers in Marthas Vineyard However at
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