'The rock memoir of the decade' Daily Mail
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 smash-hit film Rocketman. The result is Me - the joyously funny, honest and moving story of the most enduringly successful singer/songwriter of all time.
Read by actor and star of Rocketman, Taron Egerton, with an introduction, new chapter and epilogue read by Elton John.
Christened 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 performing his first gig in America, facing an astonished audience in his bright yellow dungarees, a star-spangled T-shirt and boots with wings. Elton John had arrived and the music world would never be the same again.
His life has been full of drama, from the early rejection of his work with songwriting 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 decade.
In 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.
'Self-deprecating, funny . . . You cannot help but enjoy his company throughout, temper tantrums and all' The Times
'Chatty, gossipy, amusing and at times brutally candid' Telegraph
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Whatever you’ve gleaned about Elton John’s illustrious 50-year career in music, his behind-the-scenes memoir biography is guaranteed to make your jaw drop a few times. Me is a dizzying, uncensored journey of excess and self-reckoning, tracking the musician’s rise to megastardom, his lengthy battle with addiction, and his eventual re-emergence as a sober family man, AIDS advocate and global icon. Actor Taron Egerton, who played the knighted pop star in the celebrated biopic Rocketman, comfortably inhabits John’s voice—as well as that of everyone from Freddie Mercury to Katharine Hepburn. He brings Elton’s obsessive passion for music into vivid relief and captures the frantic inner workings of the shy London boy turned glam creative genius. Put on your headphones and take a wild journey down the Yellow Brick Road.
Entertaining and detailed account of a life full of life!
Really enjoyed listening to Elton’s life’s journey - full of twists and turns. His way of storytelling is engaging and highly entertaining. I would burst out in laughter many times - loved the episode where he is awakened to some loud noises in his house, suggesting a pending burglary, and before confronting it, he goes back to the bedroom to retrieve his hair piece to ensure he is looking presentable and consistent with his everyday look! Hahaha
Loved this book
Elton John has been around all of my life and I’ve enjoyed his music, however this book has really given me a love for the man. So pleased I chose to read it and I will look upon him in a whole new light
Steve Doyle loved this
Really intimate account of the life of a ‘national treasure’ (sorry Elton!). A great autobiography. Highly recommended