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John Taylor
Background information
Birth name John Taylor
Also known as John C. J. Taylor
John 'Takeaway' Taylor
Born 1951
Genres Rock Music
Occupations musician
graphics designer
animator
filmmaker
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1968-present
Associated acts Soap, Llama, Hot Rocket, Uncle Bob's Band, Phones, Secret Police, Little Heroes, Routinos

John C. J. Taylor (born 1951) is a musician, graphics designer, animator and filmmaker from Australia. He was a founding member of Melbourne band Little Heroes in the early 1980s who achieved success in Australia with their single, "One Perfect Day".

Biography

Taylor first played music in high school, his band, Soap (with Tony Martin-Jones on guitar and Warren Bell on drums), being awarded headline position in the Chatswood High School - Willoughby Shire Centenary Celebration Concert. Later bands included Llama (1970-1971), Hot Rocket (1972-1973) and Uncle Bob's Band (1973-1976).[1]

Taylor produced many street posters for Uncle Bob's Band[2] that placed him among the recognised Street Artists of the day including Chips MacInolty from the Sydney University who gave him technical assistance producing photo-stencils for some of his posters. Uncle Bob's Band moved to Melbourne and Taylor established himself as a rock and roll musician when the band broke up in 1976. He produced art for the Tiger Room which later transformed into the Tiger Lounge and a comic strip Gigs of our Lives for the TAGG Gig Guide in Melbourne and Sydney. He also produced art for many Melbourne venues, radio stations, bands, record covers and concerts including Bananas, Hearts, 3RRR Radio Station, Phil Manning, Suicide Records, RMIT Storey Hall, The Astor Theatre and others.

Taylor was also in bands including Phones (1977-1978), Secret Police (1978-1979), Little Heroes (1979-1982) and Routinos (1982)[1] before concentrating on his illustration work. Whilst with Little Heroes he produced the art for their debut self-titled album and all their posters and handbills including one poster that was included in a R&R Nostalgia Exhibition at the Arts Centre.

In 1985 Taylor completed a Post Graduate Animation Course at the Swinburne Film & Television School, winning numerous awards for his student film: The Huge Adventures of Trevor, a Cat, including an AFI Award for 'Best Animated Film' in 1986.[3] He went on to produce many documentary films and videos including You're Fired (fire safety) and Here's Your Bike, Ed (bike education) both of which won Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) awards and an Australian Writers' Guild (AWGIE) scriptwriting award in 1992.

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