Saturday, July 13, 2024

James Taylor’s Up and Down Day November 24: Presidential Medal of Freedom and Carly Simon’s Memoir


James Taylor has seen fire and rain. But he hasn’t seen a day like November 24th ever. The great singer songwriter is receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom that day, along with the likes of Stephen Sondheim, Itzhak Perlman, Steven Spielberg, and Barbra Streisand. That will be one hot ticket at the White House!

But it’s a mixed day. Because November 24th is also coincidentally publication date for Carly Simon’s extraordinary autobiography, “Boys in the Trees,” from Flatiron Press. Simon and Taylor, married from 1972 to 1983, were the most glamorous couple of the Classic Rock era, movie stars among peers like Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Paul Simon and Jackson Browne.

“Boys in the Trees” is hardly salacious, but it is very frank about Simon’s marriage to Taylor. Included are recollections of the infidelity and drugs that led to the break up after eleven years and two children. Simon is very loving toward Taylor but she is also quite candid about what went on behind closed doors. It’s a big part of “Boys in the Trees,” and not one that Taylor will be chatting about on November 24th with President Obama or the other awards recipients.

So brace yourselves– and get ready for a number of Carly Simon TV performances that week as well, on shows like “Stephen Colbert” and “Live with Kelly and Michael.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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