James Taylor recalls the making of nine of his classic albums in the current issue of Uncut, dated August 2015 and out now.
Discussing his 1971 album Mud Slide Slim And The Blue Horizon, the singer-songwriter remembers filming Two-Lane Blacktop, a road movie also starring The Beach Boys’ Dennis Wilson and Warren Oates, and his time spent with Joni Mitchell.
“In 1970, I made a movie, the only movie I ever made,” explains Taylor. “I’ve never seen it, it was a harrowing experience for me!
“Joni Mitchell came along with me [during filming]. We wrote in this camper across the southwest of America and had some of the most outrageous good times. It was really great.
“I had played on the album that Joni was making when we met, Blue. I played guitar and backed her up on a few of those songs. It was wonderful working with Joni. We had a great year together, we worked, we travelled.”
In the piece, Taylor also discusses his most recent album, Before This World, and recalls his long struggle to recover from drug addiction.
The History Of Rock – a brand new monthly magazine from the makers of Uncut – goes on sale in the UK on July 9. Click here for more details.
Meanwhile, the August 2015 issue of Uncut is in shops on Tuesday, June 23 – featuring David Byrne, Sly & The Family Stone, BB King and the death of the blues, The Monkees, Neil Young, Merle Haggard and more