In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, from his rollercoaster lifestyle as shown in the film Rocketman, to becoming a living legend.
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 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 Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation to conquering Broadway with Aida, The Lion King, and Billy Elliot the Musical. 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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Whatever you’ve gleaned about Elton John’s illustrious 50-year career in music, his behind-the-scenes memoir 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 reemergence 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.
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Funny and touching where it needs to be. Entertaining listen.
Really long chapters
This book was absolutely amazing in many ways, bringing many details about Elton’s life that I didn’t previously. Taron did a great job reading and made it more interesting by changing his accent whenever doing other characters like David or John Lennon.
However, the chapters are long averaging about 40 mins per chapter (minus the prologue and epilogue) this put me off from listing in the beginning but during a trip I was able to listen to the entire book without diverting my attention so anything else.
I highly recommend this book, but I would also recommend that you shouldn’t be doing anything too demanding so that you can fully enjoy this book in all its, vastly detailed, glory.
Couldn’t finish this book, put me to sleep.