NewsMobile Book Review: Elton John bares all in autobiography, Me Elton John

“The great thing about rock and roll is that someone like me can be a star”

                                                                         -Elton John

Elton John is the most enduringly successful singer-songwriter of all time. His life is extraordinary, his seven decades packed with incredible highs and lows. Now, in his own words and with his usual honesty, he shares his story covering every hilarious, heartbreaking moment.

He reveals the truth about his childhood growing up in the London suburb of Pinner, and his difficult relationship with his parents. Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with unlikely dreams of pop stardom. By the age of twenty-three, he was performing his first gig in America. The legend had arrived and the music world would never be the same again.

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Me is full of drama, from the early rejection of Elton’s work with songwriter partner Bernie Taupin to spinning out of control as a chart-topping superstar; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury and George Michael to disco dancing with the queen; from suicide attempts to a secret drug addiction that would grip him for over a decade.

The film is titled after John’s 1972 song “Rocket Man.”The biographical musical film Rocketman released this year was also based on the life of musician Sir Elton John. It was directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Lee Hall and follows him through his early days as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music. The film is titled after John’s 1972 song “Rocket Man.”

Sir Elton John’s is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 26 gold and 38 platinum or multi-platinum albums, and one diamond album. Elton’s many honours include 6 Grammys, 13 Ivor Novellos and a BRIT Award. In 2018 he was named the most successful male solo artist in the Billboard Hot 100 chart history. His AIDS Foundation has raised over $450 million in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. He is married to David Funish, and they have two sons.

The book is published by ‘Pan Macmillan,’ which is available in all leading bookstores and is priced at Rs 999 in India.

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