Me: Elton John Official Autobiography (Paperback)Sir Elton John (author)
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From his 70s glam rock pomp to a settled twenty-first-century family life, the former Reg Dwight has been a consistent, iconic presence in British popular culture for the last fifty years. Me is the refreshingly candid and hugely entertaining memoir of an artist who lived the rock n roll lifestyle to the full.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year 2020
A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week
In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, which is also the subject of the upcoming film Rocketman. The result is Me - the joyously funny, honest and moving story of the most enduringly successful singer/songwriter of all time.
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 astonished audience in his tight silver hotpants, bare legs and a T-shirt with ROCK AND ROLL emblazoned across it in sequins. 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 the Queen; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation. 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.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 334 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 29 mm
'Me is its own original thing because Elton makes fun of no one more than himself. He is utterly, astonishingly, hilariously self-lacerating.’ - The Guardian
'Earlier this year the movie Rocketman gave a reasonably accurate overview of the Elton John story — but it barely scratched the surface of what’s in this memoir. The lurid parts will get all the headlines. But the man’s hard-won self-knowledge is what the book’s really about.’ –-The New York Times
'The rock biography’s traditional narrative arc is here - early struggle, drugs hell, business betrayals, famous friends - but it’s all bigger, shinier, the book equivalent of the Louis XVI costume John wore for his 50th birthday, where his vast wig meant he was transported to the party in a furniture van.’ - The Sunday Times
'The rock memoir of the decade' - The Daily Mail
'Self-deprecating, funny ... You cannot help but enjoy his company throughout, temper tantrums and all' - The Times
'A chatty, gossipy, amusing and at times brutally candid account' - The Telegraph
'Hilarious, touching and surprising' - Independent
'Outrageously enjoyable ... racy, pacy and crammed with scurrilous anecdotes - what more could you ask from the rocket man?' - The Guardian
'It's a gift to finally hear from someone who has delivered so many of Taupin's words and so few of his own' - The New York Times
'A fitting testament to Elton's life ... unrelentingly enjoyable' - GQ
'Essential reading' - Rolling Stone
'Me is a riveting, laugh-til-you-cry, heartfelt page-turner ... it is the earnest, sweet, damaged "music mad" kid at the heart of Me that will stick with you.' - EW
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