"Troubadours: Carole King/James Taylor/The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter"
Carole King says this documentary—which uses her longtime friendship with James Taylor as a means of chronicling the rise of the singer-songwriter scene of the late Sixties and early Seventies—grew out of her successful reunion tour with Taylor last year. “We thought there should be a documentary, a companion piece,” she says. Directed by Morgan Neville, the movie, now airing on PBS and available on CD/DVD via Concord Records, includes reminiscences from Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Kris Kristofferson and Steve Martin, as well as amazing vintage clips—like King’s wedding to fellow songwriter Gerry Goffin and Taylor debuting “Fire and Rain” at the 1969 Newport Folk Festival. “Oh, my God—I’d never seen that before,” King says of the Taylor footage. “It was the first time he ever played it.”