'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.
Great personal insight into Elton’s life
From page one I was gripped. It’s a honest account of his life loves and losses. I highly recommend it.