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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
We never expected Elton John’s autobiography to be rated PG. But the jaw-on-the-floor stories from the rock legend’s 50-year career just keep coming and coming. One minute Katharine Hepburn’s pulling dead frogs out of his pool, the next minute Elton’s shooting down Rod Stewart’s blimp or holed up in a hotel room doing drugs with John Lennon. But it’s not all scandal and excess. Me also details the megastar’s sexual awakening, his hard pivot to sobriety, and his path to becoming an AIDS advocate and a devoted husband and father. His uncensored account of a journey filled with creative genius, pure luck, and absolute chaos is refreshingly self-aware—Elton strips away the sequins and spectacle to reveal music nerd Reg Dwight, the London boy who took us down the Yellow Brick Road and back again.
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Such a great read. I loved learning about my favorite artist. Much respect to Elton John .
Honestly, it was just chapter after chapter of him just talking about how great he is. He may be talented, but he’s no lady Gaga
Elton John Fan
Love the book. Funny in parts and tells the way he wants to tell his story!