In His First And Only Official Autobiography, Music Icon Elton John Reveals The Truth About His Extraordinary Life, Which Is Also The Subject Of The Upcoming Film Rocketman The Result Is Me The Joyously Funny, Honest And Moving Story Of The Most Enduringly Successful Singer Songwriter Of All TimeChristened Reginald Dwight, He Was A Shy Boy With Buddy Holly Glasses Who Grew Up In The London Suburb Of Pinner And Dreamed Of Becoming A Pop Star By The Age Of Twenty Three, He Was On His First Tour Of America, Facing An Astonished Audience In His Tight Silver Hotpants, Bare Legs And A T Shirt With ROCK AND ROLL Emblazoned Across It In Sequins Elton John Had Arrived And The Music World Would Never Be The Same AgainHis Life Has Been Full Of Drama, From The Early Rejection Of His Work With Song Writing Partner Bernie Taupin To Spinning Out Of Control As A Chart Topping Superstar From Half Heartedly Trying To Drown Himself In His LA Swimming Pool To Disco Dancing With The Queen From Friendships With John Lennon, Freddie Mercury And George Michael To Setting Up His AIDS Foundation All The While, Elton Was Hiding A Drug Addiction That Would Grip Him For Over A DecadeIn Me Elton Also Writes Powerfully About Getting Clean And Changing His Life, About Finding Love With David Furnish And Becoming A Father In A Voice That Is Warm, Humble And Open, This Is Elton On His Music And His Relationships, His Passions And His Mistakes This Is A Story That Will Stay With You, By A Living Legend If you re an Elton fan, this is a must read If you re not, it s still an exceedingly well written autobiography Ghostwritten by Alexis Petridis, who captures Elton s written voice flawlessly It comes across as if he is at home, sitting on the sofa with you This memoir is laugh out loud funny, heartbreaking, gossipy, and tremendously candid A real page turner, too I read it in about a day, with breaks I was guffawing at something on one page, and sometimes a page later I d wonder who was slicing onions nearby He s been through so much, it s like the man has lived several lives in one go.Elton goes into great detail about his life from the very beginning Observing very intimately how he has grown over time through brutal struggles with addiction, self image, sexuality, and difficult relationships is very moving I found myself relating to him, having had some of the same thoughts and feelings about certain things His candid nature is something I admire greatly There were moments I think I was blushing, but then, I was never really surprised Even when there were moments I found myself disagreeing with him, I was able to understand his life experience and point of view Me made me grateful relieved, even that Elton is still here and looking forward to whatever is coming next for him It got me thinking similar things about my own life I am inspired Elton intended the book, in part, as a way for his children to know him better when the day comes that he is no longer here To me, it also feels like a gift to cherish, going forward. Wow Just wow I thought ashamedly after watching Rocketman that I knew everything there was to know about Elton John s story His addiction, his eating disorder, his abusive relationships, and his broken home were on full display in his 2019 biopic starring Taron Egerton It was only after reading this book, however, that I quite grasped the gravity of how much his childhood through the peak years of his fame had taken a toll on him What I loved so much about this read is that he left nothing to the imagination If you thought Rocketman pulled no punches, you are in for quite the surprise should you choose to pick this up He goes in depth on his coming out story, as well as his childhood which as expected was much worse than the 2019 biopic depicts He also touches on his relationships with Princess Diana, John Lennon, and Freddie Mercury, which were incredibly interesting and heartwarming His story of addiction to alcohol, cocaine, and food that spans almost twenty years is as gripping as it is heart wrenching All in all, I loved Elton s writing voice as well as his knack for word choice The audiobook was particularly pleasant to listen to, as it was narrated by Taron Egerton Egerton, the actor who portrayed Elton in Rocketman, gives the reader a real taste of how living this insane, extravagant life must have felt to young Elton It s as if he s playing the role all over again I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it not just because I m hopelessly in love with Mr Egerton TL DR if you liked Rocketman, you ll love this book Especially the audiobook. I have loved Elton John for than 40 years and have already seen Rocketman twice, so I m not exactly an objective reader But I have read autobiographies by some of my favorite musicians that didn t do much for me, like Elvis Costello s Unfaithful Music Disappearing Ink, so I m not a pushover Fortunately, it is easy to love Me It s fast paced, moving, hilarious, and pretty damn insightful Elton is also probably kinder than he should be regarding some of the celebrities who he s crossed paths with His stories are funny and entertaining but never vicious or cruel he doesn t seem terribly fond of David Bowie but that s as far as it goes Considering one of his better known songs is The Bitch is Back, he seems to save most of his bitchery for castigating himself about his former drug use in a very dry, British way And he could also have been much less charitable towards his late mother, who rarely missed an opportunity to criticize him even after he was one of the most successful rock stars in the world I haven t really listened to any new Elton music since his heyday of the 70s but this book made me want to check out some of his later albums, especially the ones released after he got sober I m so glad he survived the excesses of his younger years and is still standing today to tell his story. I was headed out on a cross country flight when I saw this book in the airport bookstore I did not know that it was out yet and was excited to see it on the shelf Let me say that if you want a 6 hour flight to go by fast, take this book with you This is a page turner and the writing is flawless I know he had to have had a ghost writer but whoever it is, he she is not credited Elton recounts his early years growing up under two difficult parents, his early gift for music he could hear a song and instantly play it on the piano , his rapid rise to fame after a slew of music related jobs and his life changing connection with lyricist Bernie Taupin the story of how they hooked up is fascinating Elton pulls no punches and gives his honest assessment of people he has worked with, his sex life, his addictions to cocaine, food and alcohol, his AIDS activism and his personal life and relationships About the only topic he is mum on was his 4 year marriage to Renate Blauel but he does provide many details about their marriage Rod Stewart s reaction, via telegram, was hilarious You may still be standing, dear, but the rest of us are on the f ing floor One last thing the book is hilarious at times and laugh out loud funny, filled with anecdotes about famous people he has encountered This is a book where almost every page reveals a golden nugget of information A terrific read with lots of revealing information. I rarely give 5 stars to books, but in this case I kinda had to because it was just really damn good I m fond of autobiographies in general, even though you always have to be wary of the subject putting themselves in an exclusively good light Fortunately, not something you really have to worry about with Elton John, as one of the strongest parts of the book was his self aware humor Very often he makes fun of himself and acknowledges when he acted horribly, which just makes the book feel honest It s definitely entertaining and funny as hell, making me laugh out loud several times, no easy feat But it definitely hits hard at certain points, especially when he describes the end of his relationship with John Reid, his early childhood, the friends he s lost over the decades and the 16 years of addiction he went through For people who know quite a bit about Elton there won t be that many revelations although there are probably some , but it still gives you a comprehensive look at who he is and how his life has unfolded There were points in the book that definitely hit me as I could connect the feelings and thoughts he s had to the same feelings and thoughts I ve had before, which left a personal note for me Overall, I really loved this book and will probably read it again at some point I can also recommend the audiobook with Taron Egerton, as he does a great job with it and making the book even engrossing than it already is. Elton really has been open and upfront during the interviews he has given in his life because I ve read or heard just about everything in his new book, which really says something It is undoubtedly a fast read as he has made sure it is written with few facts, particularly about his music, but this is what I find very disappointing This is the stuff that I as a long time fan really wanted than anything, and nearly 400 pages mostly about drugs and sex makes for a book that is a page turner in that sense but certainly not re readable for mine, its just not worth going back to, and again I find it extremely disappointing that the music not only played a back seat to the dramas of his life but was treated like a virtual unwanted stepson Also there is practically nothing whatsoever about his bandmates most are lucky to have a single sentence written about them and Nigel his drummer got absolutely nothing Again, a fast, gossip y type read about his excesses but hugely disappointing in that you wont find any tasty tidbits about your favourite songs or anything like that, and I bet there is a bookful of information Elton could have shared but simply found his recreations important to discuss. What will Elton John s new memoir Me tell you that the hit biopic Rocketman didn t Well, the movie ends with a triumphant recreation of the music video for I m Still Standing, a testament to how John has beat the odds after going to rehab and making peace with himself In the book, we learn what actually happened after filming wrapped on day one of the 1983 video shoot Reports vary about precisely what happened next I m afraid I can t confirm or deny them because I don t really remember anything beyond thinking Duran Duran were enormously jolly company and noticing that the vodka martini had slipped down remarkably easily Depending on who you believe, I had either six or eight of them in the space of an hour, and a couple of lines of coke I then apparently returned to the video set, demanded they begin running the cameras, took all my clothes off and started rolling around on the floor naked And friends, we re only on page 182 I reviewed Me for The Current. EJ What can I say I want I want the gossip, every single story, as Elton stated he loves This was beautiful, candid, from Elton I learned things I didn t know I can t say I was shocked at anything I m a fan since I can remember I heard Elton s music first, then I saw a picture Gapped front teeth, glasses, red hair me As applied to ME My life has never been without his music It s always carried me forward somehow many of the things I did paralleled with Elton My childhood was terrible, abusive, horrid I got out I can t believe the amount of times Elton forgave his mom and let her back into his life I left home at 17 Done.As a teen I volunteered with drug addicted born babies in the hospital who also had pediatric AIDS when no one else would They needed hugs from the awful shakes they needed human contact so did I I also met Ryan Jeanne White Ryan mesmerized me too into continuing to advocate for people w HIV and AIDS which led me to GMHC in NYC in college then after.My birthday July 29th is Elton s sobriety anniversary I ve worked so many charity events I ve met Elton I was at a couple of the things listed in this autobiography I met Elton who was by that time completely professional amazing No tantrums BUT these were charity events and some other private performances I ve been blessed.Now I take all of my advocacy skills and use them for Autism My son is nonverbal autistic w apraxia.I m settled with a son.I m so happy Elton s settled with kids I m so happy he s healthy happy.I will continue to follow Elton love his art and I ll see his Farewell concert again next year. Shockingly self aware and funny often laugh out loud More about personal and social affairs than any sort of in depth look at his composition process, but there are already books documentaries exploring that It s a standard celebrity memoir, overall, in form, but there s a lot of self deprecating charm, a lot of amusing namedropping, and a ton of description of the gay music milieu of the 70s 80s and drug use he does not hold back from describing the average night at Studio 54, or getting blackout drunk and naked and assaulting ex lover John Reid dressed as a clown , or arranging orgies on his snooker table in LA, or locking himself in an apartment for two weeks to listen to Kate Bush and nearly kill himself with coke and masturbation, or the rough process of getting sober and learning to manage long term relationships Petridis did a great job ghostwriting I hope he got a hefty paycheck for making this as smoothly entertaining as it is.
Sir Elton Hercules John CBE born Reginald Kenneth Dwight is an English pop rock singer, composer and pianist.In his four decade career, John has been one of the dominant forces in rock and popular music, especially during the 1970s He has sold than 300 million albums and over one hundred million singles, making him one of the most successful artists of all time He has won five
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