16th November 2020.
Back in 1973, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was the first album I bought, using money saved from my paper round. From the opening bars of the first track, I became and have remained a fan of Elton John and his music.
From the moment I started reading his autobiography, I knew it would be as good as his music.
While this is a remarkably candid, warts and all autobiography, it’s also a funny, uplifting life story that reveals many triumphs over adversity as the singer songwriter slowly discovers who he really is and becomes comfortable in his own skin.
While his adventures and misadventures are often epic in scale, the issues at the heart of his behaviour are no different to those that might be experienced by anyone whose parents argued and struggled to show their love for their children. His determination to confront his demons and his search for true love are only different in their scale and for being played out in the full gaze of the public and media.
Throughout the highs and lows, Elton John never loses his love of music or performing live. Despite his short temper and tantrums, he remains a warm and funny man who cares deeply for those he loves and respects.
I can’t recommend this moving and life affirming story enough. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll understand why he’s the ultimate entertainer.
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 performing his first gig in America, facing an astonished audience in his bright yellow dungarees, a star-spangled T-shirt and boots with wings. 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 songwriting 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.