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In his only official autobiography, music icon Elton John writes about his extraordinary life, which is also the subject of the film Rocketman.

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 on his first tour of America, facing an astonish
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Henry Holt & Company
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Tracy Fleming-Swehla I JUST finished. I loved it so much. There was so much I didn't know about his life, his music and the crazy stuff he's gone through. I ended the book…moreI JUST finished. I loved it so much. There was so much I didn't know about his life, his music and the crazy stuff he's gone through. I ended the book with such a happy feeling that he's got a great family and is living a wonderful life enjoying his boys.(less)
Surreysmum Depends on your grandma? I'm in my 60s and enjoyed it very much. There's nothing here that would be much of a surprise to anybody who lived through th…moreDepends on your grandma? I'm in my 60s and enjoyed it very much. There's nothing here that would be much of a surprise to anybody who lived through the 60s and 70s. However, Elton John is a gay man who had a bad drug/alcohol problem for part of his life, and he is candid about all of those things, so if any of those things upset your grandma, don't give it to her. Also, I'm not bothered by bad language, but some people are, and Elton writes here the way he talks in real life (i.e. there are f* and s* words). So I probably wouldn't share it with my mother who is in her 80s. Hope that helps.(less)

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Chelsey (a_novel_idea11)
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
EDIT: I’m changing this to FIVE stars (from four). I keep recommending it and thinking about it and loving on Elton’s infectious and unique personality. I watched the movie last week and kept adding details where I thought they glossed over and narrating to my husband as we watched (haha sorry husband!) and it made me realize how much his book has stuck with me. Then we saw his concert which was phenomenal and now I just can’t get enough Elton in my life which tells me this book deserves ALL THE ...more
Diane S ☔
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nfr-2020
Absolutely phenomenal. Elton John wrote with a frankness and candor that many biographers do not. There were parts that I have to admit made me a little uncomfortable, but as I said he didn't mince words not happenings.

Taking us from his quite abysmal childhood, his early confusion about his sexual identity, to his excess drug, and alcohol use, to becoming the father of two sons. Of course he covers everything in between. The people he knew, all familiar, celebrities of the day. His long writing
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I rarely give 5 stars to books, but in this case I kinda had to because it was just really damn good. I'm fond of autobiographies in general, even though you always have to be wary of the subject putting themselves in an exclusively good light. Fortunately, not something you really have to worry about with Elton John, as one of the strongest parts of the book was his self-aware humor. Very often he makes fun of himself and acknowledges when he acted horribly, which just makes the book feel more ...more
Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
This is a review that can be followed to the tune of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John.

When are you gonna come down?
When are you going to write?
I should have stayed on Goodreads
I should have listened to my old plan

It knows it can't hold me forever
I didn't sign up with you
This review’s one for your friends to open
This girl's too young to be singing the blues

(blueeees, aaaaa, aaaa)

So hello Elton old friend,
You’ve made this girl herself again
It can't plant me in its horror house
I'm going bac
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Maybe I need to start off this review by saying that I'm a massive fan of Elton John. He was a huge part of my childhood, because 'The Lion King' was my favourite movie and I watched the VHS of it to shreds. My mother then showed me her CDs of the guy who wrote the soundtrack and I was amazed by his voice. I stopped listening to him for many years, because I went through a phase where I would only listen to alternative emo music and ignored everything else. But when I rediscovered him in my late ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Despite the fact that some of hits were recorded before I was even born, I love me some Elton John. I had to stop the book repeatedly to go listen to the songs he mentions, which made this autobiography also turn into an abbreviated discography :)

Elton John’s life has been quite the whirlwind, with high highs (figuratively and literally) and low lows. If references to drugs, sex, and eating disorders bothers you - then this book probably isn’t for you. But keep in mind this is also a good redemp
Katie B
I love reading celeb memoirs and as soon as I saw Elton John had written one, I knew I had to read it. He's always been outspoken and I figured he wouldn't shy away from anything regarding his life. And I was right, he pretty much laid it all on the table, the highs and lows and everything in between.

Elton John is a musical genius in my opinion. The amount of hits he has churned out over the years is impressive. And I found this book to contain a good mix of his professional life along with his
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Elton John: Fantastical, surreal and over-the-top.
Elton John: A great soul with a kind heart; an honest, witty and fascinating human being; a shining star!

I remember the day I heard Elton John for the first time and fell in love with him. I was in my early teens and was nosing around my mom’s cassette tapes’ drawer and found his albums. I remember the covers of the tapes; the image of this man wearing outrageous costumes and huge eye glasses. I remember the very first song I heard that pierced
Jill McGill
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, library
Loved every minute of it!!!

I absolutely loved how he didn't hold back anything... told it like it is. And who knew he was so funny?!?!

The perfect read for all Elton John fans!
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I once high-fived Elton John. Colorado Springs, 2009. True Story. Tiny hands. Anyway, this autobiography is super entertaining! There’s so much I didn’t know. With zero sugar-coating, and a lot of humor, Sir Elton takes us through his incredible life. Music, fashion, heartache, addiction, etc. Plenty of name-dropping, which I guiltily devoured. I’d love to have dinner with him.

My only complaint is with the audio narration. You can hear the intakes of breath and it’s annoying as shit.
Admittedly, I’m not the ideal reader for this book. I like a few songs of Elton John’s, and I have memories of him from my childhood in the 70s as an outrageous performer who played piano tunes dressed in garish clothes & accessories and played surprisingly mellow tunes for all that. And that’s pretty much the only impression he left me with since then.

His fame grew and grew; there were the tabloid stories about is he or is he not bisexual, or just gay; the drug and alcohol abuses; the close fr
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
An entertaining biography that was an easy read filling in a few of the gaps in my memory while growing up during Elton John's life.
The book appears to be quite an honest account with mentions of his tantrums, drugs and other vices which makes interesting reading. I preferred the earlier insights, maybe because I couldn't remember too much about the stories rather than the more recent marriage, film and aids foundation anecdotes.
A good read.
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
“My history is full of what ifs, weird little moments that changed everything.”

First off, this is a 3 star read, but the experience is 4 stars because I’m an Elton fan.
Simply put, I enjoyed this book.
Elton John is a pill. He admits he is a pill, but in a manner that at times feels insincere despite his self-deprecating humor. There is incredible ego present (the text abounds with petty recounting of statistics that ego demands). However, Elton has been very famous since his early 20s. It is und
Funny, fearless and brutally honest- this is what you want in a rock bio.
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't like Elton John's music.I didn't grow up with this genre of music. I've never been interested in his personal or public persona but I felt that I wanted to read this after watching the movie version. The movie version was unwatchable and unlikable for me. The memoir has killed the film.

After I saw a friend, Jennifer Brown, review this I definitely wanted to pick it up. I loved the whole book. I loved the way he talked in the book. The beginning of being Reggie Dwight to turning into Elt
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I feel like I just sat down and drank oodles of Earl Gray while hanging with Elton John.

The stars represent my respect for his talent, his self-effacing personality, and for his way too big heart. How this man survived, mostly body and soul intact, is a minor miracle when compared to some of his high wattage peers.

If you love his music, or grew up in the 60-70s, or are just a true music aficionado, I highly recommend this read.

Elton John is a true musical genius but he is also a human being w
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Honest memoir
Shows his ups and downs
It’s funny
Shows his weaknesses and strengths
Enjoyable read
Jeanette (Again)
Note to young celebrities:
It's best to wait until you are in your sixties or older before writing your memoirs. It's only then that you will have achieved enough perspective and self-awareness to pen a worthy autobiography.

If you like audio books, I highly recommend this one. Taron Egerton's narration is exquisite. He does all the accents and emotions of the various people in Elton's life. It's highly entertaining. But be sure you get a chance to take a quick look at the print copy as well, so y
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I love reading memoirs in general so I found this book quite entertaining. I didn't really know too much about him previously, except for his songs. He lived the pretty stereotypical kind of life that you would expect of a rock star and at least half of the book is just name dropping. That said, I did still find it very interesting to hear all of the things that he has experienced in his life. It is always interesting to see the world through the eyes of someone else, especially when they see th ...more
Jenny Baker
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Elton John. He’s an amazingly talented musician and singer. In public, he’s outrageous and temperamental, but in private he’s a sensitive man who struggles with his confidence. I had no idea that he was so funny! He doesn’t hold back — he’s honest to a fault. Reading his memoir made me love him even more.
Mandy White
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
All the stars for this superstar of rock and roll!! I listened to this book on Audible, narrated by the fabulous Taron Egerton (who played Elton in Rocketman)

This book is honest, its funny, it is sad and I could not get enough. What a life he has lived - Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll absolutely applies to Sir Elton. From a tough upbringing to one of the biggest music stars in the world, this books tell his journey. Nothing is held back and you get a very up close and personal look into his life.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My god, he's hilarious. And self-deprecating. And bitchy. 😂
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love Elton John as an entertainer and musician. The one thing that I love the most is that his songs are so completely original. Some musicians often have all their songs sounding the same but with different words. That isn't so with Elton John. He is a master at music. That talent of his shined in this autobiography. I enjoyed hearing about his coming of age in England and how he ended up in the music world.

In this book, Elton John is open and honest about his life....even with the things th
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
If I had to pick one thing about Elton John that I have always admired is that he's always honest and upfront about his feelings for people. In this memoir, EJ gives us a complete backstage pass to his upbringing, his music career, his friendships and his love life. Honestly, I laughed and cried as he talked about his friendships and appreciated his candor with how he felt about people such as Freddie Mercury, John Lennon, Keith Moon, George Michael, Rod Stewart, Princess Diana etc. He effortles ...more
Jerrie (redwritinghood)
Wonderful biography and great narration. It was sometimes over-the-top and sometimes gossipy, but there was also humility. He never shied away from his flaws and mistakes, the difficulties he had with his mother and father, or his problems with drug and alcohol addiction. It has been a whirlwind life, but he seems grateful for both the highs and the lows.
Amanda Bannister
4.5/5🌟rounded up to 5🌟 A warts and all autobiography. Loved it 😊
I'm not a fan of Elton John; I love "Rocket Man" and "Amoreena" and I think he wrote a few other good songs and is clearly a talented musician, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed his biopic. I was, again, surprised by how entertaining this autobiography is. My boyfriend gave it to me for Christmas and had been urging me this week to put down Thomas Mann and pick up this instead, since I clearly needed something light and absorbing.

Well, he was right. This is a well-written, easy to read
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I was thrilled when I learned that Elton John was writing a memoir of his incredible life. And now it’s here and it is funny and sad, self-deprecating and full of fantastic stories. As I read, I googled and you-tubed the events he wrote about.

I know it’s cheesy, but Elton’s music HAS been the soundtrack of my life. I clearly remember memorizing and singing Crocodile Rock on the swings at my elementary school. I remember driving my first car with the cassette (yes, pre-CD, I’m that old!) of his
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was fabulous!!! A walk through an incredibwm history of rock and roll, his own career and all the facets of celebrity. Elton does not hold back and really creates a complete picture of a life without compare.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, famous-people, uk
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Sir Elton Hercules John CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight) is an English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist.

In his four-decade career, John has been one of the dominant forces in rock and popular music, especially during the 1970s. He has sold more than 300 million albums and over one hundred million singles, making him one of the most successful artists of all time. He has won five Grammy awar

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“At first I stayed in a hotel – the Inn On The Park, the location for the famous story about me ringing the Rocket office and demanding they do something about the wind outside that was keeping me awake. This is obviously the ideal moment to state once and for all that this story is a complete urban myth, that I was never crazy enough to ask my record company to do something about the weather; that I was simply disturbed by the wind and wanted to change rooms to somewhere quieter. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you that, because the story is completely true.” 6 likes
“I couldn’t strut around like Mick Jagger, or smash my instrument up like Jimi Hendrix or Pete Townshend: bitter subsequent experience has taught me that if you get carried away and try and smash up a piano by pushing it offstage, you end up looking less like a lawless rock god and more like a furniture removal man having a bad day.” 6 likes
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