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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
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Henry Holt & Company
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Lee Watters Yes, I have read it and I CAN confirm that it was breathtaking. Sir Elton is such a kind and honest narrator and the book flows very well. If you…moreYes, I have read it and I CAN confirm that it was breathtaking. Sir Elton is such a kind and honest narrator and the book flows very well. If you haven’t already, pick it up immediately!

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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
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
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
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
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: library, nonfiction
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.
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.
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
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 ...more
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
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
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My god, he's hilarious. And self-deprecating. And bitchy. ...more
Mandy White
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Amanda Bannister
4.5/5rounded up to 5 A warts and all autobiography. Loved it ...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.
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shockingly self-aware and funny (often laugh out loud). More about personal and social affairs than any sort of in-depth look at his composition process, but there are already books/documentaries exploring that. It’s a standard celebrity memoir, overall, in form, but there’s a lot of self-deprecating charm, a lot of amusing namedropping, and a ton of description of the gay music milieu of the 70s/80s and drug use—he does not hold back from describing the average night at Studio 54, or getting ...more
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: uk, famous-people, 2019
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 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How could I have given it anything else?
Elle Rudy
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
If there was ever any doubt about how radiant Elton John is, let it be put to rest now. The problem with rating books by people you already like, especially something autobiographical, is that it can be hard to separate the work from the man. Admittedly, I was afraid that I would be unbearably bored reading this when I first started. He begins by talking about his childhood and musical influences and drops the names of allegedly well-known musicians that I’ve never heard of, and it wasn’t really ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, audiobook
4.5 Stars for Elton John’s story. I’ll return with a brief summary.
You didn’t have to love him but you couldn’t ignore his talent!
Jennifer Thompson-Thalasinos
If you’re an Elton John fan this is a must read!!!! I loved every minute of it! What makes this book so interesting is that Elton John is completely real and raw. You’ll find yourself laughing, and then near tears as you read about his life from a young boy through today. He delves into his use of cocaine, the AIDS epidemic, and Princess Diana. You also learn why he believes he never contracted AIDS, and having nearly died (not from drugs either). He also talks about John Lennon, Gianni Versace, ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm not a particular fan of Elton John however a friend recommended Me, and having enjoyed the Rocketman film, I thought I'd give it a go.

Elton John has certainly got one heck of a story to tell and it's clear why this book has been very well received. Some of his stories whilst in the throes of alcohol and cocaine addiction are extraordinary. He is extremely honest about his mistakes, and his less attractive personality traits. He also has the happy knack of making friends with a wonderfully
Barb Kelownagurl
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this autobiography, but then I knew I would, and I’m terribly biased so my review isn’t worth much. Instead, I’ll tell you about the most important “Elton John” moment of my life.

Elton John is the musician who had the greatest impact on my life and his music was certainly the soundtrack to my teen years. I bought many of his albums in the mid to late 70’s but didn’t have an opportunity to go see him until I was in my early 40’s when he came to Kelowna in 2002.

The concert sold out
Very open and candid authbiography
Jessica Woodbury
It may be a little problematic, but this is what I look for in the ideal celebrity memoir: Drama, juicy stories, humor, and authenticity. I know I shouldn't want the juicy stories and I am never mad at the people who do not like to share them. It's totally their right! It is probably the smarter way to go! But let's be honest, as a reader you always want to see behind the scenes. You want some dirt.

I really wasn't expecting a memoir by Elton John to deliver the Ideal Celebrity Memoir so
Mellie Antoinette
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal. Stellar. Ingenious.

It can’t be easy to embody one of these adjectives much less all three, but Elton John has always been in a costume all his own. As a writer, he’s funny, engaging, interesting and most importantly, at 72 years old, he has a mind like a steel trap - filled with all of those colorful details that speak of living in the moment as opposed to the blurred edges of memory.

Confession - I would have liked more about the songs, but that’s really Bernie’s memoir to write
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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
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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.” 4 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.” 4 likes
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