The Taylor Swift Era
Table of Contents
After School Songwriter
Signing With Big Machine Records
A Place In This World
Big Machine Records was still in its infancy on the release of the lead single, “Tim McGraw“, in June 2006, and Taylor and her mother Andrea helped “stuff the CD singles into envelopes to send to radio”. At this point, she transitioned from Hendersonville High School to homeschooling. She was a straight A student and got her high school diploma one year early.
Taylor Swift was finally released on October 24, 2006. As fans soon found out, it was best listened to on CD, because you could flip through its scrapbook-style booklet. The printed lyrics contained easy-to-crack codes (strategically capitalized letters that spelled out the names of song subjects), and the acknowledgements ended with a postscript that captured the cheeky specificity of the autobiographical authority Taylor claimed: “To all the boys who thought they would be cool and break my heart, guess what? Here are 14 songs written about you. HA.”