“I really do try to be a nice person…but if you break my heart, hurt my feelings, or are really mean to me, I’m going to write a song about you…” This is how Taylor Swift once explained the meaning behind one of her earliest songs. Never one to mince her words when it comes to sharing her thoughts, she has achieved legendary status in the music world with a career built largely on her personal feelings, ever since the day one particular teenage boy made her cry. Now barely into her third decade, her songs have taken listeners on an emotional journey that encompasses both the elation of young love and the heartbreak of fallen relationships. This book documents the life and career of a young artist whose dogged determination and profound self-confidence has seen her brush aside all would-be detractors, win battles with some of the biggest names in the music industry, and take calculated risks in the kind of music she makes. But, above all, this it is the story of a young woman who, by staying true to herself, has enabled her to be the driving force of her own destiny. Love her or hate her (maybe, better to love her), she has inspired millions of young fans who can relate to her inner-most feelings. As always, fame courts controversy, and Taylor has had her fair share – long-standing feuds with fellow artists; harrowing claims of sexual harassment; deeply personal accusations over her own authenticity, and those headline-making, all-too public, breakups with her catalogue of celebrity lovers – all subjects covered in detail within these pages. Despite all this, Taylor’s girl-next-door public image remains intact, at least for now, and she stands firm by her own mantra: “No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind”. For a simple good lesson in life, that ain’t bad.
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