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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 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 Lo 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 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.


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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 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 Lo 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 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.

30 review for Me

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chelsey

    Read the official autobiography: ✅ Watch ‘Rocketman’: ✅ See Elton John LIVE on his official farewell tour!: coming soon! “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 Read the official autobiography: ✅ Watch ‘Rocketman’: ✅ See Elton John LIVE on his official farewell tour!: coming soon! “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. 5 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. 4 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    F

    LOVED

  7. 5 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 bl 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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

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

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elias

    How could I have given it anything else?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I have loved Elton John for more than 40 years and have already seen Rocketman twice, so I'm not exactly an objective reader. But I have read autobiographies by some of my favorite musicians that didn't do much for me, like Elvis Costello's Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, so I'm not a pushover. Fortunately, it is easy to love Me. It's fast-paced, moving, hilarious, and pretty damn insightful. Elton is also probably kinder than he should be regarding some of the celebrities who he's crossed paths with. I have loved Elton John for more than 40 years and have already seen Rocketman twice, so I'm not exactly an objective reader. But I have read autobiographies by some of my favorite musicians that didn't do much for me, like Elvis Costello's Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, so I'm not a pushover. Fortunately, it is easy to love Me. It's fast-paced, moving, hilarious, and pretty damn insightful. Elton is also probably kinder than he should be regarding some of the celebrities who he's crossed paths with. His stories are funny and entertaining but never vicious or cruel (he doesn't seem terribly fond of David Bowie but that's as far as it goes). Considering one of his better known songs is "The Bitch is Back," he seems to save most of his bitchery for castigating himself about his former drug use (in a very dry, British way). And he could also have been much less charitable towards his late mother, who rarely missed an opportunity to criticize him even after he was one of the most successful rock stars in the world. I haven't really listened to any new Elton music since his heyday of the 70s but this book made me want to check out some of his later albums, especially the ones released after he got sober. I'm so glad he survived the excesses of his younger years and is "still standing" today to tell his story.

  11. 4 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!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Onceinabluemoon

    This is my era of music, loved all the tidbits over the decades of other muscians. Most impressed with his 250 million raised for aids, listening about Ryan white had me in tears. I know I have read early books about him, but this was in depth and unputdownable. He has led many lives and still going strong.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kiley

    By far the best book I've read in 2019 and maybe ever. Elton has lived such an extraordinary life and the details will shock and amaze you. And if you are able, I highly recommend listening to the audio book. Taron Egerton does an incredible job that you forget that it isn't his story. He tells it as if it is his own life. 5 stars I recommend to everyone!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shavawn Berry

    This is the unvarnished, shockingly honest, brutally true, and often hilarious story of Elton's incredible life. I couldn't put it down. I laughed until I was crying. Thank you, Elton, for all the magic you brought to my life. It's been an astounding ride.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Barb Kelownagurl

    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 immed 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 immediately before I could get tickets but I called into a local radio show and managed to name all the song clips they had played, so my name when into the hat. The following Friday, I listened in as they drew a name and I had won!!! I was ecstatic! All my life, I had wanted to go to his concert and now I was finally going to be able to see him in a solo gig in a small venue! I took my mom to the concert with me and she insisted I bring my Yellow Brick Road album I had bought in 1976 when I was 16, in case I could get it signed. We were sitting behind the stage, only a few rows up from where he was playing. I had an amazing view of him playing the entire time and I sang along because, after all those years, I still knew the words to almost every song. The crowd was wild and we gave him a standing ovation after every song as he stood and bowed to each quarter of the venue. Finally, during one of his ovations, when he was facing my section, I held up my YBR album and he pointed up to it in recognition. I mimed asking him to sign it and he mimed he didn’t have a pen. But a stage hand quickly passed him a marker so I ran down to the rail and handed it over to him to sign. Then I stood there and jumped and screamed like a 15 year old girl, as the crowd went wild. I can’t tell you how crazy it was to hold onto my album at the same time as he held it, and to look him in the eye as he passed it back to me. It was one of the most amazing moments of my entire life. I know that probably just sounds ridiculous, and really, I’m not normally impressed at all by famous people. But Elton John’s music played such a huge part of my life, that no other artist signing my album could have come close to the feeling I had that day. When I turned back around, I held up the signed album to my section and they all cheered. So, Elton, I know you have given thousands of concerts, and will not remember that moment in Kelowna, but I will never forget it, and to this day, I still have that album framed and hanging on the wall above my own piano. Thank you!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Peter Mueller

    Elton really has been open and upfront during the interviews he has given in his life because I've read or heard just about everything in his new book, which really says something! It is undoubtedly a fast read as he has made sure it is written with few music facts, but this is what I find very disappointing. This is the stuff that I as a long-time fan really wanted more than anything, and nearly 400 pages mostly about drugs and sex makes for a book that is a page turner in that sense but certai Elton really has been open and upfront during the interviews he has given in his life because I've read or heard just about everything in his new book, which really says something! It is undoubtedly a fast read as he has made sure it is written with few music facts, but this is what I find very disappointing. This is the stuff that I as a long-time fan really wanted more than anything, and nearly 400 pages mostly about drugs and sex makes for a book that is a page turner in that sense but certainly not re-readable for mine, its just not worth going back to, and again I find it extremely disappointing that the music not only played a back seat to the dramas of his life but was treated like a virtual unwanted stepson. Also there is practically nothing whatsoever about his bandmates; most are lucky to have a single sentence written about them and Nigel his drummer got absolutely nothing! Again, a fast, gossip-y type read about his excesses but hugely disappointing in that you wont find any tasty tidbits about your favourite songs or anything like that, and I bet there is a bookful of information Elton could have shared but simply found his recreations more important to discuss.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nicole D.

    I'm not a celebrity biography/autobiography person, but when it came to Chrissie Hynde and Elton John, I felt I should make an exception (plus, I'd seen Rocketman and wanted to know what was real, and what wasn't.) I don't like drugs, I don't like drug culture, I'm not interesting in hearing about the use of drugs, so note to self --- no more celebrity bios. I think this gave a good overview of Elton John's life, and his songwriting process was truly amazing. Imagine just being handed I'm not a celebrity biography/autobiography person, but when it came to Chrissie Hynde and Elton John, I felt I should make an exception (plus, I'd seen Rocketman and wanted to know what was real, and what wasn't.) I don't like drugs, I don't like drug culture, I'm not interesting in hearing about the use of drugs, so note to self --- no more celebrity bios. I think this gave a good overview of Elton John's life, and his songwriting process was truly amazing. Imagine just being handed some words on a page (brilliant words, no doubt) and then coming out with Levon or Tiny Dancer in a matter of minutes. Hearing music by seeing words. Mind boggling. As for the rest of the book, Elton's parents were horrible and he had a LOT of celebrity friends, and a lot of them died. And he cried a lot. And he had a temper, and a lot of falling outs. There was a lot of name dropping and a MASSIVE EGO. I think even when he tried to be self-effacing it came across as bragging. Look, I get it - He's Elton John, but I would have been better off NOT knowing all this about him.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Phillip Oliver

    I was headed out on a cross-country flight when I saw this book in the airport bookstore. I did not know that it was out yet and was excited to see it on the shelf. Let me say that if you want a 6 hour flight to go by fast, take this book with you! This is a page-turner and the writing is flawless (I know he had to have had a ghost writer but whoever it is, he/she is not credited. Elton recounts his early years growing up under two difficult parents, his early gift for music (he could hear a son I was headed out on a cross-country flight when I saw this book in the airport bookstore. I did not know that it was out yet and was excited to see it on the shelf. Let me say that if you want a 6 hour flight to go by fast, take this book with you! This is a page-turner and the writing is flawless (I know he had to have had a ghost writer but whoever it is, he/she is not credited. Elton recounts his early years growing up under two difficult parents, his early gift for music (he could hear a song and instantly play it on the piano), his rapid rise to fame after a slew of music-related jobs and his life-changing connection with lyricist Bernie Taupin (the story of how they hooked up is fascinating). Elton pulls no punches and gives his honest assessment of people he has worked with, his sex life, his addictions to cocaine, food and alcohol, his AIDS activism and his personal life and relationships. About the only topic he is mum on was his 4 year marriage to Renate Blauel but he does provide many details about their marriage. (Rod Stewart's reaction, via telegram, was hilarious ' "You may still be standing, dear, but the rest of us are on the f'ing floor".) One last thing - the book is hilarious at times and laugh-out-loud funny, filled with anecdotes about famous people he has encountered. This is a book where almost every page reveals a golden nugget of information. A terrific read with lots of revealing information.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Stitak

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Wow. Just wow. I thought (ashamedly) after watching Rocketman that I knew everything there was to know about Elton John’s story. His addiction, his eating disorder, his abusive relationships, and his broken home were on full display in his 2019 biopic starring Taron Egerton. It was only after reading this book, however, that I quite grasped the gravity of how much his childhood through the peak years of his fame had taken a toll on him. What I loved so much about this read is that he left nothin Wow. Just wow. I thought (ashamedly) after watching Rocketman that I knew everything there was to know about Elton John’s story. His addiction, his eating disorder, his abusive relationships, and his broken home were on full display in his 2019 biopic starring Taron Egerton. It was only after reading this book, however, that I quite grasped the gravity of how much his childhood through the peak years of his fame had taken a toll on him. What I loved so much about this read is that he left nothing to the imagination. If you thought Rocketman pulled no punches, you are in for quite the surprise should you choose to pick this up. He goes in depth on his coming out story, as well as his childhood which (as expected) was much worse than the 2019 biopic depicts. He also touches on his relationships with Princess Diana, John Lennon, and Freddie Mercury, which were incredibly interesting and heartwarming. His story of addiction to alcohol, cocaine, and food that spans almost twenty years is as gripping as it is heart wrenching. All in all, I loved Elton’s writing voice as well as his knack for word choice. The audiobook was particularly pleasant to listen to, as it was narrated by Taron Egerton. Egerton, the actor who portrayed Elton in Rocketman, gives the reader a real taste of how living this insane, extravagant life must have felt to young Elton. It’s as if he’s playing the role all over again. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it (not just because I’m hopelessly in love with Mr. Egerton) TL;DR- if you liked Rocketman, you’ll love this book. Especially the audiobook.

  20. 4 out of 5

    William Borysewicz

    Amazing Elton’s story has been well known to just about everybody, but hearing the intimate details and thoughts of the man who traveled that journey... Amazing.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Diane Bree

    I love Bios and I am a Elton John fan. I rate it 5 stars. I have never read any of the other books that have been written about him because you don't know how much of it is true. I know this is true.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    I laughed, I cried, I couldn't put the book down. Elton has a beautiful sense of irony and sarcasm in this book, and it made reading about all the shenanigans more poignant and more hilarious at the same time.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    I’m not one to read biographies of any type. Elton John is not one one of my favorite artists either. I like a lot of his songs, but they are never my top choice. Yet, something about his book compelled me. I wanted to read it. I put it ahead of my usual go-to books to read it. “Me” is infused with the talent and creativity that is Elton John. As I writer, I drew inspiration on nearly every single page. He talks about his childhood. How he got his start playing piano in a pub full of I’m not one to read biographies of any type. Elton John is not one one of my favorite artists either. I like a lot of his songs, but they are never my top choice. Yet, something about his book compelled me. I wanted to read it. I put it ahead of my usual go-to books to read it. “Me” is infused with the talent and creativity that is Elton John. As I writer, I drew inspiration on nearly every single page. He talks about his childhood. How he got his start playing piano in a pub full of rough clientele. He talks about the outrageous clothes he’s famous for wearing on stage. How he came up with the idea. He talks about everything, but it’s never tedious or boring to read. Even his struggles with relationships, drugs, and mental health are fascinating — just as fascinating as when he talks about his music or his jocular friendships with other music icons. He’s even comical at times. The one thing that struck me about “Me” is how forthcoming and honest he was, not just about the things he’s done (right or wrong), but about his own flaws and shortcomings. I suppose it could be considered standard fare in an autobiography. However, it was nice to see a celebrity of his magnitude show his humanness — and in such an engaging and enjoyable way. He could have left out a lot of the things he included about his life. He could have put himself on a pedestal. Instead, he shows his openness and humility. “Me” is a gift from Elton John to all his fans. It’s more insight into the man and artist than has ever been seen before. It’s frank, interesting, and nearly as entertaining as his outfits or piano playing. I never knew the middle name he chose for himself before reading “Me”. That said, thank you, Sir Elton Hercules John. For the music and your story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    The worst part of this fabulous autobiography is that it isn’t twice as long! I LOVED it! I must begin by admitting that I am a HUGE fan ...my own attendance at his Farewell Tour in Buffalo New York last fall was an important step in my own healing process following my husband’s death. That concert took me back to my own roots, to a ‘life review’ in his music,and the realization that there was hope for my future. Both Elton and myself were aging, less resilient than we used to be, but The worst part of this fabulous autobiography is that it isn’t twice as long! I LOVED it! I must begin by admitting that I am a HUGE fan ...my own attendance at his Farewell Tour in Buffalo New York last fall was an important step in my own healing process following my husband’s death. That concert took me back to my own roots, to a ‘life review’ in his music,and the realization that there was hope for my future. Both Elton and myself were aging, less resilient than we used to be, but we were both ending one era and moving on to another. Elton John’s autobiography reveals a man who has an incredible knowledge of rock and roll from its birth to the present and who has witnessed it all. His life has been checkered by poor decisions, a difficult upbringing and the bruises of loss. He is incredibly honest, self-deprecating and hilariously funny. The pages are full of name dropping, but he is less snarky than I might have thought and obviously values his relationships and memories. He appears to be introspective, kind, and generous to a fault. It was so interesting to follow the parade of events, from the Viet Nam war, the AIDS crisis, the advent and growth of electronics, through the lens of a (more or less) contemporary. How much we have experienced as a generation! I couldn’t recommend more highly!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gina *loves sunshine*

    I really do love reading about people - any kind of people...famous or not! I don't really have much connection to Elton John other than he sang some awesome songs that I loved growing up...and still love by the way. He is one of those artists I make sure my kids listen to his classic songs! I didn't know much about what he had done in his life except the People Mag highlights from decades ago. Candle in the Wind, Princess Diana, Ryan White, lots of performing. I think there are many I really do love reading about people - any kind of people...famous or not! I don't really have much connection to Elton John other than he sang some awesome songs that I loved growing up...and still love by the way. He is one of those artists I make sure my kids listen to his classic songs! I didn't know much about what he had done in his life except the People Mag highlights from decades ago. Candle in the Wind, Princess Diana, Ryan White, lots of performing. I think there are many books that people have written over the years about Elton John - but this is his story from his mouth. Not narrated by him though, unfortunately! The book had a pretty slow start, but the second half really picked up! I was kind of surprised at the stuff he chose to focus on in the book. He simply was a crazy rockstar! He really spent a lot of his life high on cocaine, wasted, sleeping around, spending money and being spoiled, etc, etc! This took up a lot of the book content. The rest were brief looks at his different relationships, a few inside moments about the highlights I mentioned above and a bit about his marriage and birth of his children. And his horrid Mother..poor kid!!! I do really wish there was more insight into his music, his songs, the background, where they came from and why - but overall his life was still interesting!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Hanan

    This book touched me like few ever have. I’ve been a fan of Elton John’s music since my middle school days in the 70’s. While I had heard about his famous temper, well-described in the book, my son worked as his body guard a few years ago and had a different story to tell. Elton John treated my son with the utmost respect, as an equal, thanking him and shaking his hand often. Elton could not have known that my son has just endured a devastating personal tragedy. My son’s spirits were lifted by E This book touched me like few ever have. I’ve been a fan of Elton John’s music since my middle school days in the 70’s. While I had heard about his famous temper, well-described in the book, my son worked as his body guard a few years ago and had a different story to tell. Elton John treated my son with the utmost respect, as an equal, thanking him and shaking his hand often. Elton could not have known that my son has just endured a devastating personal tragedy. My son’s spirits were lifted by Elton’s simple kindnesses and I will be forever grateful. In his autobiography, Elton John pulls no punches. He is brutally honest in describing the good times, his euphoric rise to stardom, his insecurities, his depression, the horrors of drug abuse, the lifestyle of debauchery that nearly killed him. He is funny and I laughed out loud many times. And I wept all over again at the tragic deaths of his close friends, John Lennon, Princess Diana, and Giannni Versace. My life has been greatly enriched by this man, one of the great musical geniuses of our time – and so much more. Thank you, Elton john.

  27. 4 out of 5

    W. Frazier

    Elton John is one of those creative souls where living life is always on the edge. This autobiography is a fast cavalcade of a narrative. It’s a fun and frantic ride with opulent anecdotes and flamboyant history, but also some depth. The story unfolds in two distinct narratives. The beginning sections offer a heartfelt and thoughtful review of his childhood. It’s a positive message that seems genuine and dare I say it, grounded. But then the gossip comes out. As Elton John traces his rise to sta Elton John is one of those creative souls where living life is always on the edge. This autobiography is a fast cavalcade of a narrative. It’s a fun and frantic ride with opulent anecdotes and flamboyant history, but also some depth. The story unfolds in two distinct narratives. The beginning sections offer a heartfelt and thoughtful review of his childhood. It’s a positive message that seems genuine and dare I say it, grounded. But then the gossip comes out. As Elton John traces his rise to stardom the memories take on the excesses. The stories become camp and outrageous, full of cheeky asides and wit. The book reflects Elton’s larger than life persona; there is always a fun interjection. And then, as the book finds its ending, Elton John is again grounded in thoughtful reflection. His fire cracker personality reveals a touching humility. Elton John narrates the beginning and ending portions of his audio book. Narrator Taron Everton voices the core of the book and does an excellent job. Highly recommend the audio book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nashwa

    This was a very honest biography. Penned by Elton John himself, it was a look into his life which was interesting to say the least. The tone basically said “this was how I lived - come take a look.” He reflected on his childhood, his family life, his life of excess describing his string of affairs and a dangerous cocaine habit which he maintained for 16 years until he finally sought help. The book was entertaining as John described his ridiculous life decisions with a touch of humour. Living thr This was a very honest biography. Penned by Elton John himself, it was a look into his life which was interesting to say the least. The tone basically said “this was how I lived - come take a look.” He reflected on his childhood, his family life, his life of excess describing his string of affairs and a dangerous cocaine habit which he maintained for 16 years until he finally sought help. The book was entertaining as John described his ridiculous life decisions with a touch of humour. Living through the 80s, he discussed the AIDS crisis and how many of his friends he lost to the disease. Since then, he has become an advocate for the disease and has contributed to many charities. What I enjoyed the most was the musical journey and the story behind some of the hits.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    An absolute delight. Unlike a few other celebrity memoirs I’ve read over the past year or two, Elton John knows who he is, good and bad, and has no interest in overlooking, covering up, or excusing his bad behavior It’s so refreshing to read a book from someone completely willing to own their mistakes. This book is a fantastic ride - funny, sad, insightful, gossipy, and heartfelt.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I cried, I laughed more crying than laughing. I’m sad I finished this book. I always thought of EJ as 2 people, his 70’s and 80’s look and how he looks today, I hoped this book would reconcile him into 1 person. I know that is a weird statement I shouldn’t say out loud or put in writing. I guess now I think of him as 1.2 people. I love, love,loved this book.

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