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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Tears of laughter and sorrow - Loved it
As a big Elton John fan, I was thrilled to try my first Audiobook as the autobiography of Elton John. Listening to Elton speak the prologue and Taron Egerton read was fantastic. I laughed so hard at many of Elton’s antics in the 1970’s such as throwing oranges at Bob Dylan to tears of sorrow at his struggle with addiction, family drama, and death of many of his friends. Thank you Elton for sharing your extraordinary life with a fan. I related to so many of your own feelings and experiences it was frightening. After reading this all I wanted to do was give you a huge hug.
Interesting and tedious
Elton John has survived a remarkable life and made some of my favorite music. His childhood story was fascinating. His adult life, not so much. Yes he knows every famous person and owns many sales records. I don’t care. Mostly, I was left wondering what became of his wife.
Elton - The Master
At last, we have the opportunity to see and hear the life stories of Sir Elton John directly from the man himself. We are given a ‘golden ticket’ that will allow us to peek behind the stage curtain and exam the life of a man that has helped shape every genre of modern music today. His story is presented to us with all the glittering, flamboyant wit and charm we would expect from ‘the music man’ himself.
Put on your most amazing sunglasses; buckle up and hang-on; the story is about to begin!
5 out of 5!