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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 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 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 about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father.


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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 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 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 about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father.

30 review for Me

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chelsey

    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 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 STARS!!!! Read the official autobiography: ✅ Watch ‘Rocketman’: ✅ See Elton John LIVE on his official farewell tour!: ✅ “When you reminisce about the good old days, you naturally see it all through rose-tinted spectacles. In my case in particular, I think that’s forgivable, because I probably was literally wearing rose-tinted spectacles at the time, with flashing lights and ostrich feathers attached to them. But if you end up convincing yourself that everything in the past was better than it is now, you might as well give up writing music and retire.” This was marvelous. What an unapologetic, authentic, entertaining autobiography. I literally laughed out loud on more than a few occasions and even shed a few tears. I only wish I was more familiar with artists from the 1960s and 1970s so I could have had more context. I think for anyone who grew up listening to Elton and his peers, and even if you didn’t, this book will blow you away. Here’s hoping our show isn’t a “very occasional” one ☺️ “I’ve played with my childhood heroes and some of the greatest artists in the history of music; I’ve played with people who were so hopeless they had no business being onstage and I’ve played with a group of male strippers dressed as Cub Scouts. I’ve done gigs dressed as a woman, a cat, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, a Ruritanian general, a musketeer, a pantomime dame and, very occasionally, I’ve played gigs dressed like a normal human being.”

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shirin

    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 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 honest. It's definitely entertaining and funny as hell, making me laugh out loud several times, no easy feat. But it definitely hits hard at certain points, especially when he describes the end of his relationship with John Reid, his early childhood, the friends he's lost over the decades and the 16 years of addiction he went through. For people who know quite a bit about Elton there won't be that many revelations (although there are probably some), but it still gives you a more comprehensive look at who he is and how his life has unfolded. There were points in the book that definitely hit me as I could connect the feelings and thoughts he's had to the same feelings and thoughts I've had before, which left a personal note for me. Overall, I really loved this book and will probably read it again at some point. I can also recommend the audiobook with Taron Egerton, as he does a great job with it and making the book even more engrossing than it already is.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    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 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 redemption story featuring a life of sobriety, marriage, and children. Plus fame and music and name dropping and gossip and an overuse of the word “fantastic”.

  4. 4 out of 5

    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 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 back to my pen Back to the story of Elton and fame Hunting the demons of past Oh I've finally decided my future lies Along with Elton’s advice (adviiiiice, aaaaaaa, aaaaaaaa) Where does it think I’ve been then? It bets that I’ll shoot down on weight gain It took Elton more than just vodka and tonics To set himself on his feet again Maybe it’ll get complacent There's plenty like me to get down But Elton taught me a ‘plenty Ignoring demons like you on the ground (grouuuund, aaaaaa, aaaaaaa) So hello Elton old friend, You’ve made this girl herself again It can't plant me in its horror house I'm going back to my pen Back to the story of Elton and pain Hunting the demons of past Oh I've finally decided my future lies Along with Elton’s advice (adviiiiice, aaaaaaa, aaaaaaaa) I've struggled with demons this year, and I've barely been around Goodreads. What sets Elton apart from other rock stars, is that I can relate to him. He struggled with cold and distant parental figures, unrequited love from men, body image difficulties and an addictive personality. However, he beat his demons and today is happy. He's also got a wicked sense of humour, rare talents and kindness. I feel like his strengths and weaknesses are so akin to mine that I felt writing a review to the tune of one of his songs would be more meaningful than recounting the beauty, sadness, hilarity and evocative nature of this book. Instead, I leave you, my song This book has brought my life into so much perspective. I may never be able to thank Elton for that, but I could leave it here on Goodreads for you all.

  5. 4 out of 5

    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 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 personal life such as his childhood, relationships, addictions, etc.. Given I'm kinda a pop culture fanatic that likes to brag about how much random trivia bits I have stored in my brain, I was actually surprised at how much I learned about him from reading this book. It blew my mind that Elton John wasn't his birth name. Like how the heck did I not know that? I'll admit part of the appeal of celeb memoirs is it's fun to hear stories about other famous people. Elton John certainly has had many friendships over the years with the A-list crowd, but he's also managed to have a feud or two as well. I don't think anything he says is that mean-spirited and it does seem like even he can admit he can be difficult to be around at times. There is one part of this memoir that I got pretty emotional reading and that was when he talked about Ryan White, a boy who was infected with HIV from a blood transfusion and later died of AIDS in 1990. Ryan made national news because he had to fight for his right just to attend school as there were so many misconceptions about the disease and how you could contract it back then. I was a child back in the '80s and I remember reading about Ryan from my parents' People magazine subscription as well as watching the tv movie that was made about him. Despite the fact he was sick, he made it his mission to educate people about the disease and Elton John first heard about Ryan while reading an article about him in Newsweek. He struck up a close friendship with Ryan and his family and was with them during Ryan's final days. He credits Ryan with giving him the motivation to turn his life around as he was battling addiction. The compassion he showed Ryan and his family as well as the hundreds of millions of dollars he has helped raise with the Elton John AIDS Foundation are some of the finest things he has done in his life. Say what you will about Elton, but I'm glad he has never forgotten about Ryan. I sure haven't either. I definitely recommend reading this one regardless of whether or not you are a huge Elton John fan. He's led an interesting life and is very candid and that always makes for a good memoir.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Helga

    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 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 my heart. It was Your Song. It's a little bit funny this feeling inside I'm not one of those who can easily hide, I Don't have much money but boy if I did I'd buy a big house where we both could live If I was a sculptor, but then again no Or a man who makes potions in a traveling show Oh I know it's not much but it's the best I can do My gift is my song And this one's for you And you can tell everybody this is your song It may be quite simple but now that it's done I hope you don't mind I hope you don't mind That I put down in words How wonderful life is while you're in the world… The amazing thing is that I still love to hear him sing and incredibly, so does my little daughter! She loves Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and whenever she wants to listen to it, she says “mama, I want that song that goes Aaaa, aaa”. While reading this autobiography, many happy memories surfaced and sometimes the sense of nostalgia was overwhelming. Frequently, I had to stop reading to wipe my tears off. Elton John, thank you for your perseverance. Thank you for being in this world. Thank you for not giving up. Thank you for all you have done for those in need and thank you for making life wonderful for many. Thank you for listening to your gut feeling and trusting fate, even though sometimes you have had to look at the hand you’ve been dealt and had to throw in the cards. “There’s really no point in asking what if? The only question worth asking is: what’s next?” Even if you are not a fan I think you would still enjoy reading this memoir, since the reminiscences involve his friends like Freddie Mercury, John Lennon, Gianni Versace, The Beetles, The Rolling Stones, Princess Diana and even the Queen of England. …“So the music will always surprise you, but after fifty years you do start to feel as if nothing else that happens at a gig can. It’s easy to think that you’ve done pretty much everything it’s possible to do onstage except keel over and die. I’ve performed sober, I’ve performed drunk and I have – to my shame – performed high as a kite. I’ve done gigs that made me feel as elated as it’s possible for a human being to feel, and struggled through shows in the pits of despair. I’ve played pianos, I’ve jumped on pianos, I’ve fallen off pianos and I’ve pushed a piano into the crowd, hit a member of the audience with it and spent the rest of the night frantically apologizing to them. I’ve played with my childhood heroes and some of the greatest artists in the history of music; I’ve played with people who were so hopeless they had no business being onstage and I’ve played with a group of male strippers dressed as Cub Scouts. I’ve done gigs dressed as a woman, a cat, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, a Ruritanian general, a musketeer, a pantomime dame and, very occasionally, I’ve played gigs dressed like a normal human being. I’ve had gigs that were disrupted by bomb scares, gigs disrupted by student protests against the war in Vietnam and gigs that were disrupted because I flounced offstage in a huff and then came scuttling back shortly afterwards, contrite about losing my temper. I’ve had hot dogs thrown at me in Paris; I’ve been knocked unconscious by a hash pipe while wearing a giant chicken outfit in North Carolina – my band thought I’d been shot…”

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jill McGill

    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!

  8. 5 out of 5

    britt_brooke

    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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ilana

    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 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 friendships with Gianni Versace and Lady Di, which both ended so tragically and even I tuned in for her funerals and his performance of the rewritten “Candle In The Wind” in her honour, at which I no doubt shed a tear. I was a twelve year old still starry-eyed girl when her royal wedding was celebrated with all that pompous circumstance, and her horrific death marked the murder of my innocence in countless ways. I cannot decide whether the title of this autobiography, “Me” is an exercise in humility or complete narcissism, and I suspect neither can he, and he’s left it for the rest of the world to figure out. In his one and only autobiography, he gives us a linear narrative of his life, from growing up as Reginald Kenneth Dwight, a boy obsessed with music raised by parents ill-suited for each other and constantly fighting, with a father with whom the only common ground was football, which became a lifelong passion for the singer. He describes being naive and unsophisticated as a young man, who was also asexual, until he suddenly found his libido at age 21. Finding his footing as a performer, he eventually changed his name, became a flamboyant artist and dresser, wildly promiscuous, a coke and booze fiend. He spells out the fact he had no wish to gloss over any of the drug and sex “ugly” bits in the telling of his life story, partly because he eventually found himself at a self-described revolting low which he knew he had to recover from, or die. That, and also because he was aiming for authenticity in his life as a man now more than 30 years free of substance abuse. Having found sobriety after incredible excesses which he talks about without glossing over any embarrassing details (in a way I recognize, because so freeing in their revelation, as someone who doesn't hide from her mistakes and great failings either), he’s been dedicated to helping many others in need of rehabilitation, both well known figures, a few of which he named (Eminem stuck in my mind) and people whose privacy he wishes to keep. One of his most laudable contributions has been to his AIDS foundation, which he started after the death of some of his closest friends, notably of Freddy Mercury, who could have been saved in the year following his his passing with life extending drug treatments. It goes without saying that much of the book is dedicated to his musical career, his relationships with songwriters and musicians, his album recordings and singles, his countless years on the road touring the world, and details about meeting and working with other superstars. He talks about his romantic relationships, and especially that with David Furnish, his longtime partner whom he married in 2014. Then, fatherhood coming in his 60s and how a gay couple managed to achieve that (hint: lots of money, surrogacy), the transformative powers of parenthood, etc. Ok. Fine. Here’s the thing: I don’t really care about famous people. I’m curious about their lives because they get to mix with all kinds of people and have influenced pop culture and mark eras and are part of the zeitgeist and so on. But on the whole, they are rarely people I would want to spend any time at all with. The massive ego, and the insecurity stoking those egos and the narcissism needed to achieve that kind of fame, tend to make for truly unpleasant individuals. Not always. But Elton John doesn't seem to be that exception. By and large, they tend to be narcissistic users (redundant expression—just making a point). He speaks about this aspect of himself as well; Elton John has done a lot of therapy to overcome his addictions and reign in his mercurial temperament, but self-awareness doesn’t change things all that much when a strong temper refuses to be tamed. The superficial aspect of his person also jars greatly for its garish quality. His great love for Versace’s bold, in your face regalia, only worn by a certain type that MUST be the centre of attention at all times, annoys me in the extreme. Versace is quoted as saying, "I don't believe in good taste," and it was said that "Armani dresses the wife, Versace dresses the mistress."As it happens, the only designer piece I own is an Armani dress, as I love beautiful design, abhor bad taste, as well as men who take on mistresses dolled up like expensive whores. On quite a different note, as we near the end, he talks about how fulfilling his role as a parent is, but you don’t hear much about the children. He talks about the boy in an orphanage who initially sparked a burning desire in him to becomes father, but what I read was that the primary goal was fulfilling HIS need when the urge for family struck him, as a sexagenarian. Admittedly, his partner had been wanting children as well, and all parents are following their own needs for having children, but it seemed all of a piece with a general pattern of egoism which I find difficult to translate into actual love. But that is my subjective perception of course. Finally, what tilted the balance to a decidedly negative rating and overall impression was a not inconsequential detail. For the audiobook edition of their autobiographies, not all famous people choose to read what we are led to believe to be their own words, admittedly. That he narrates the opening and closing chapters, and leaves the rest to a professional narrator wouldn't be unusual. Only this book is titled Me , and in it there are a lot of words and sentences and paragraphs and whole chapters to convince us/himself that since his sobriety, he became a much simpler, humbler version of Elton John, the Superstar, and that fatherhood has increased that trend, and he now enjoys just being a parent, who can go to Pizza Express with the kids and be treated like an ordinary person and talk with moms at school events about things having nothing to do with his music, such as school uniforms. All that just made me shake my head and say, Okay, sure thing, Reggie. Gotcha. I originally gave this three stars because it was full of interesting tidbits, but I think I’ll downgrade to 2.5 — “Good in parts but...” because ultimately, I can’t stand the guy. The very least he could’ve done is narrated his own fucking book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ammar

    Honest memoir Shows his ups and downs It’s funny Shocking Shows his weaknesses and strengths Enjoyable read

  12. 4 out of 5

    Candie

    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 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 the world in such a completely different way than you do. It is basically entertaining, but exactly what you think it is going to be.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    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 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 that lurk in the shadows. There is a lot of detail about his drug use, sex and his different relationships. I appreciated his honesty and tact when talking about these things. I wish there had been more about his music life and those who were around him, but even without all of that, I still enjoyed it. There were two disappointments though. This did feel long at times, especially towards the end....that is never good, and I was disappointed that he didn't do his own audio narration for this. But still.....4 star worthy for me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette

    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 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 you don't miss out on the superb collection of photographs.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Bannister

    4.5/5rounded up to 5 A warts and all autobiography. Loved it 4.5/5🌟rounded up to 5🌟 A warts and all autobiography. Loved it 😊

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    My god, he's hilarious. And self-deprecating. And bitchy. My god, he's hilarious. And self-deprecating. And bitchy. 😂

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White

    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. 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. I have a great deal of respect for Elton, he is a survivor and a great role model for people - he has achieved so much and is still so humble. I saw Elton in concert last night in Sydney and for 3 hours I was lost in his world. He is an amazing performer, with so many fantastic songs and stories. It was a privilege to see the man perform. I cannot recommend this book more. As a lover of music it is a must read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cat

    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 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 blackout drunk and naked and assaulting ex-lover John Reid (dressed as a clown), or arranging orgies on his snooker table in LA, or locking himself in an apartment for two weeks to listen to Kate Bush and nearly kill himself with coke and masturbation, or the rough process of getting sober and learning to manage long-term relationships. Petridis did a great job ghostwriting—I hope he got a hefty paycheck for making this as smoothly entertaining as it is.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    F

    LOVED

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    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 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 Greatest Hits playing on repeat. His music has uplifted me and comforted me through my life and now his book has given me a deeper understanding of this iconic performer who is a real and complicated and imperfect person, like the rest of us. 👏👏

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elias

    How could I have given it anything else?

  24. 5 out of 5

    Toni

    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!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elle Rudy

    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 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 clicking for me. Luckily, as I started getting used to Sir Elton’s writing, I picked up on his dry humor and loving candor & my interest and appreciation blossomed accordingly. And when it comes to his own highs and lows, triumphs and tribulations, there’s nothing at all held back. I wasn’t really expecting Elton John to be so reflective towards his own professional or interpersonal failings. He doesn’t skate over them or try to cover them up with excuses. It’s a perfect example of how there’s really no greater critic than oneself, even if you have professional critics writing about you, too. And yes, the caliber of celebrity mentioned does climb higher and higher until we’re put in a room with both Hollywood royalty and the actual royal family. He’s not shy about describing a side of these public figures that diverge from what we’re accustomed to seeing. It’s clear that for each revelation disclosed, there’s countless more that he chooses not to share. But even for those in his life who have profoundly let him down, Elton writes them either glowingly or stoically. To be frank, I was expecting something much bitchier, so this was a surprise—nonetheless, a positive one! He’s overwhelmingly gracious and not in the slightest bit malicious. What ended up striking me most was how he was able to balance some very serious, heavy topics next to the utter absurdity of his life and general roguery. Such as when talking about a very significant addiction, he’d cut the tension by remarking, ”If you fancy living in a despondent world of unending, delusional bullshit, I really can’t recommend cocaine highly enough.” Even if it might appear glib, Elton John isn’t flippant with these subjects. While there’s portions that involve overdose, AIDS, depression and suicide, they’re broken up with stories featuring drag queens, misshapen hairpieces and sculptures that resemble testicles. He’s quietly hilarious in a way that doesn’t undermine the weight of his experiences. As far as celebrity memoirs go, this has to be one of the best of the year. Elton John has lived so much life that he could probably write an encyclopedia set of books on the subject. I’m thankful he shared so much, and all I hope for him is that he boldly carries on.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Baker

    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.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Diane S ☔

    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 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 partnership with Bernie. The AIDs epidemic and the death of Freddy Mercury, these victims causing him to form a AIDs foundation. John Lennon's death, Princess Diana's, both which but him hard. His concerts, his music, his first marriage, which caused many to shake their heads. What I got from this was that despite Eltons many years of drug use, his lack of self esteem, due to his childhood, he pulled himself up by his bootstraps, as they say. He became someone who helped others, and finally found his own personal happiness. I can't help but admire him, the person he is now. I always admired his talent, loved many of his songs. Grew up myself with his music in the background. So happy to see he and Bernie win an Oscar together. I listened to this and the narrator, Taron Egert read fast, but I slowed it down and found his voice was just perfect. Four stars for the narration.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nigeyb

    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 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 diverse group of people, from members of the Royal family to AIDS sufferers and refugees, and is happy to be quite forthright with his disclosures. I preferred the sections about his wild years, to the later period of settled domestic bliss, however the whole thing is important to understanding Elton's incredible and unlikely life. I also raced through it in a couple of days which says a lot about its compelling readability. 3/5 The blurb... 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 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 about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father.

  29. 5 out of 5

    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, 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, George Michael, and of course Freddie Mercury. So many stories about his famous friends who made them human. I especially loved the stories about Rod Stewart peppered throughout the book. Go buy & read this book now!

  30. 5 out of 5

    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 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 thoroughly. I suppose this is partly because his image has softened over the years. Now we think of him as that nice man who's the same age as our parents who wrote the Lion King songs. Even though I knew that he was quite the raucous rock star back in the day, I guess I figured that now that he was older looking back we would get a nice, sanitized version of it all. I was wrong. It is hard to make clear just how much Elton John has lived through. He became famous in the early 70's and has continuously been touring and releasing music and generally partaking in celebrity culture ever since. It's more than 40 years. The longer you go in the book, the more it hits you. All the people he knew and worked with, all the people who are dead now who were his friends and peers, all the changes of music into disco and punk and rap while he still sticks around. In that sense alone, it would be very rewarding to follow someone for such a long time. And, bizarrely, this book feels warm and conversational, open and honest. It is so good I assume it must be ghostwritten. If you listen to the audio, it just feels like you have sat down for a very long chat together. But even with a ghostwriter, there's a real openness here that not a lot of celebrity memoirs have. There's a real willingness to share his own personal defects and flaws. (And they are MANY. Even after he becomes sober you sometimes wonder how anyone can tolerate him and then you remember that you are currently in the middle of being charmed by him at this very moment.) If you watched the movie, you'll find the book is imminently more nuanced. They barely seem like the same story. The movie oversimplifies all the beats of his life while here they get pretty fully rounded out. John Reid and his mother become full people rather than two-dimensional villains. (Though they're still pretty villainous much of the time.) There's regular appearances from Rod Stewart, Freddie Mercury, John Lennon, Gianni Versace, and many more. It is so packed full of celebrities I can't really express it accurately. And for fans, you won't just get all the highs and lows of the fame-and-sobriety memoir, you also get a lot about music and songwriting. Lots about his process gets dripped in along the way, how he feels about his music, what he loves and hates, almost every album gets mentioned. I really was surprised how much this won me over. In the audiobook, John himself reads the prologue and epilogue, the rest is done brilliantly by Taron Egerton (who played him in Rocketman) who really understands how to keep his voice and tone varied and fresh and throws in some real laughter now and then.

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