A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 1, 1971

THE plan for a cover story on Singer-Guitarist James Taylor and his talented family got under way last month when TIME'S Music Critic William Bender attended a brilliant performance by the young musician at New York's Philharmonic Hall. Later that evening, Bender and Reporter-Researcher Rosemarie Tauris Zadikov talked with Taylor for two hours at an East Side apartment. "James is not given to glibness," says Bender. "As in his songs, he doesn't say anything he doesn't know to be true. He's a man very sure of his own mind and fiercely brilliant. I...

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