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Me: Elton John Official Autobiography
Me: Elton John Official Autobiography
Me: Elton John Official Autobiography
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Me: Elton John Official Autobiography

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INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, from his rollercoaster lifestyle as shown in the film Rocketman, to becoming a living legend.


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 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 Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation to conquering Broadway with Aida, The Lion King, and Billy Elliot the Musical. 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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Release dateOct 15, 2019
ISBN9781250147615
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Elton John

Sir Elton John, CBE, is a multi-award winning solo artist who has achieved 38 gold and 31 platinum or multi-platinum albums, has sold more than 300 million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time, ‘Candle in the Wind 1997’. In August 2018 Elton was named the most successful male solo artist in the Billboard Hot 100 chart history, having logged 67 entries, including nine Number 1s and 27 Top 10s. Elton launched his first tour in 1970 and since then has performed over 4,000 times in more than 80 countries. When not recording or touring, Elton devotes his time to a number of charities, including his own Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised over $300 million and funded programmes across four continents in the twenty-four years it has existed. He is married to David Furnish, and they have two sons. Me is his first and only official autobiography.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    This book holds the record for the most dropped names for a memoir. Sir Elton loves to list the people he parties with, dines with, argues with. And it’s an eclectic bunch to be sure. The drug use in his life is epic, and as he lists his maladies at the end of the book (cancer, heart trouble, life-threatening diseases along the way), it’s a minor miracle that he is approaching his mid 70s and is still kicking. One endearing part of the book is the fact that no one pokes more fun at Elton John than Elton John, and that’s refreshing. I haven’t seen the biopic “Rocketman,” but I can’t imagine that it is any better than this autobiography. Although not for the faint of heart, you’ll learn an awful lot about the last five decades of rock and roll along with finding out what it’s like to live inside the entertainment world of the same time period. Well worth the read.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    This book holds the record for the most dropped names for a memoir. Sir Elton loves to list the people he parties with, dines with, argues with. And it’s an eclectic bunch to be sure. The drug use in his life is epic, and as he lists his maladies at the end of the book (cancer, heart trouble, life-threatening diseases along the way), it’s a minor miracle that he is approaching his mid 70s and is still kicking. One endearing part of the book is the fact that no one pokes more fun at Elton John than Elton John, and that’s refreshing. I haven’t seen the biopic “Rocketman,” but I can’t imagine that it is any better than this autobiography. Although not for the faint of heart, you’ll learn an awful lot about the last five decades of rock and roll along with finding out what it’s like to live inside the entertainment world of the same time period. Well worth the read.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    What a self absorbed narcissist Elton John is. Also a total cheesewad. He is an emotional basketcase, and a rather overgrown spoiled child. Get over yourself, Elton.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Me by Sir Elton John was indeed a pure please to read and a good follow-up to the movie. I know of Elton and his music which I have listened to all my life and I did attend a concert of his many years ago but this book allowed me to really get to really know him in a manner like never before. He is frank about his story - Worts and all which I appreciate. It was great learning about his younger days and how his talent developed and the chance encounter with Bernie that has changed the world of music. This man really has lived life to the fullest and then some. Enjoyed him sharing some of his experiences and relationships with other stars such as Freddie Mercury, John Lennon, George Michael and Gianni Versace as well as his telling of how Candle in the Wind was played at Diana's funeral. Was great to hear about his family and how he is living a fulfilled and fabulous life.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Listened to the audio book:Sir Elton doesn't mince words... he tells it like it was. If you are easily offended by colorful language you might want to skip this book, otherwise it is a very personal look into the life of this great musician. Taron Egerton (Elton in "Rocket Man") was a perfect choice to read this audio book!
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Me: Elton John Official Autobiography tells the story of the remarkable life of Sir Elton John in his own words. He takes an incredibly candid look at not only his triumphs, of which there are many, but also his failures and the bad choices that he has made. The framework of this book traces his very successful career, but sprinkled throughout, he also shares events that shaped him as a person. John's sarcastic sense of humor, at times, makes the book both funny and tragic, but it comes across as a very realistic reflection of his life and career. He talks about "what ifs" that might have changed his life, but in the end, he is at peace with the choices he has made because of the happiness he has found in his life.
    This is a very well written book that reads like fiction because John's voice comes though so loud and clear, making the story flow easily. The pictures included in the book add visuals of the people who are mentioned throughout the story. Overall, this is a wonderful look into the life of a rock star, so good, in fact, that I didn't want it to end.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    I truly felt like I was hanging out with Elton with him casually telling me his life’s story. It felt so different from other autobiographies and I barely spent time away from reading it because it’s THAT amazing. What a life, what a legend.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    I enjoyed reading Elton John's autobiography which is a great companion piece to the movie Rocketman. It was interesting to learn about his friendships with Rod Stewart and John Lennon, his road to sobriety, and his lifelong collaboration with and deep affection for lyricist Bernie Taupin.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Me Elton John clearly was written from the heart. It truly took a lot of guts to publish a book that goes so deeply into one's own life. Elton said at the end he did it for his sons. One laughs and cries along with Elton John. He recalls incidents like the first time that he and Bernie come to America and landed at LAX in Los Angeles. He talks about that he and Bernie thought that a Cadillac limo will be waiting for them. How excited they were. To their surprise their promoters decided to promote Elton as soon as he put a foot on American soil. It is a remarkable life that Reg has led. This book received five stars in this review. Excellent and highly recommended.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    I read the book and listened to the audio at the same time. The book was outstanding, the audio exceptional. The audio read by Taron Egerton was well worth listening to. The story of Elton John does not hold back. He shares the good, the bad AND the ugly. You don't need to know, or like his music to appreciate the extraordinary life this man has led.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    This is a fun autobiography by an extremely interesting fellow. Its frank, bawdy, and unflinchingly entertaining. The best measure of a music book, in my estimation, is does it make you want to go back and listen to the records? "Me" most assuredly does, even those I've previously dismissed.Do yourself a favor. Pick this one up and savor it.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    This was an amazing listen. I knew of him and had listened to his hits before, but I didn't know much about him. I have many actual laugh out loud moments which then brought the strange looks my way from my neighboring people. Totally recommend.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Elton John has lived the kind of life that could probably fill an autobiography three times as long as this one, but he's managed to write one that's just the right length while covering all the highlights of his life and career. Beginning with his younger years as an only child growing up in Pinner and progressing to present day, this seems to cover it all: his partnership with Bernie Taupin, his emerging sexuality and subsequent relationships, his rise to fame, the excessive drug use and ultimate rehabilitation, AIDS-related deaths and fundraising, deaths of famous celebrities that he was close to (John Lennon, Gianni Versace, Princess Diana, George Michael, etc.), his marriage, his children, his relationship with his parents, health scares, and above all, the music. There's lots and lots of name-dropping, but in this case, it's all relevant and interesting, as Elton has become one of the most famous musicians in the world and has earned the right. I found it refreshing to hear some not-so-flattering words about others in the business -- he's not afraid to be honest in his opinions. Elton has certainly lived a full life and has settled down in his older years, but he continues to be an icon in the music industry.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    A great read about a wild life. I love reading people's stories and this one did not disappoint. it is candid, reads quickly, and gave me a new appreciation of his talent.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    I'm not saying this because I've been a fan of Elton John for at least 45 years but as a reader who enjoys an honest, open and heartfelt memoir.This book is certainly the best I've read in a long time. Even if you've seen the movie Rocketman, you've only seen half of the story. Elton reveals much more in his book. His life and career is not all fun and feathers. Multiple addictions created decades of decadence, debauchery and overindulgence. Death of friends and acquaintances due to drugs, alcohol and AIDS could have made a victim of Elton John too. It is amazing he survived to tell his story.Yet, the beauty of this book can be found in his odyssey from high living self-centeredness to breaking down and discovering self love, self care, and real, lasting love. A catharsis which is downright inspirational. Me is also a story of the music industry as it was in the 70's & 80's, its hedonistic lifestyle and of a serendipitous partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin that has survived through the years and continues to this day. Absolutely recommend this book with the highest regards.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    In the early 70s, probably on a summer day, I was hanging out with my cousin, who is 2 years older and he put an album called Honky Chateau on his turntable. This was my introduction to Elton John and it blew me away. I don't think I had ever heard anything quite like it. It was so fresh and inventive, at least to my young ears. I followed John faithfully, through the next several years, as he piled on the hits and became one of the biggest rock stars on earth.With this wonderful and engaging memoir, it brought all those fond memories back. It begins with his childhood and his difficult parents, (both are real stinkers, to put it mildly) but it did make him the artist that he became. His fateful meet up with his song-writing partner, Bernie Taupin, is one the great “happy” accidents in rock n' roll history. He shares incredible anecdotes about the rock hierarchy, of those times, becoming close friends with John Lennon and Freddy Mercury. Of course, his intense drug addiction and recovery are also examined, along with his sexuality and his involvement with the AIDs crisis. In the later chapters he talks about his marriage and his children, all beautifully rendered, like the rest of the book, in an easy narrative style filled with humor, honesty and warmth. I think this one will go down as one of the best rock memoirs...period.**This was awesome on audiobook, narrated by the actor who played John in the biopic "Rocketman".
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    Me, the autobiography of Elton John, certainly is a ride. The book follows, mainly chronologically, the most important events in the English singer/songwriter's life. It is an interesting life he's led, travelling the world doing concerts, meeting the richest and most famous, discovering his sexuality, lauding the sport of football (soccer), and out of his mind on drugs and booze. In fact, so much of his life was bound up with substances legal and illegal, that the book at times seems almost hallucinatory.Elton John/Reginald Dwight was born into the lower middle class, suffered a terribly abusive childhood, and escaped into the world of music as soon as he was decently able. Always gifted with music, he sang, played piano, and met the right people at the right time. There is no doubt that Elton worked hard for his fame. He was rarely idle, a workaholic of the entertainment industry, always in awe of the famous people he met, always staggered that a lad from Pinner (in north London) could really be living as lavishly and as remarkably as he was.The book is amusing, self-deprecating, and very honest. He makes no secret of the lower part of his life, when drugs ruled his world, nor does he hide the fact that he is tempermental, spoiled, and self-centred. I think what makes him remarkable is that he is not blind to his faults or the consequences of them.What the book needed is a cast of characters. There are so many people populating the pages that unless you're a die-hard Elton fan, it's easy to lose track. I also think the book could have done with more editing. Sometimes whole paragraphs seem obscure because the writing rambles, which is charming in many ways, but is also challenging to follow. Sometimes I just couldn't figure out what was happening.I definitely recommend the book, for anyone who is interested in Elton John or the world of pop music. It was an interesting story, a wild life, but the whole needed more polish and an editor's eye to make it truly satisfying.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    A really enjoyable read, which as you would expect from Elton John, is frank and refreshing.I didn't get into Elton John's music until the eighties (Too Low for Zero), but his string of seventies hits were always around as I was growing up, and I have explored the early albums since. This autobiography is fascinating in filling in about Elton up to stardom, that was probably the most interesting part for me, but he has done so much of which I was aware at the time, but had forgotten.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    A very candid autobiography; Elton knows his lifestyle is not “normal” but most people’s standards, he knows he has a dreadful temper that contributes to his “diva” reputation, and he sends himself up throughout the book - the anecdote about demanding an hotel stop the wind blowing because it was annoying him being just one example.

    This is the autobiography of a man who has been to some dark places mentally and physically, but got the help he needed, and now is in a much better place. Having read Demi Moore’s memoir last year, there is a striking contrast between hers, where there was an overwhelming air of a huge amount being held back, and this open and candid book.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    What an incredible story of an incredible life. Told with self deprecating humor,Sir Elton doesn’t hold anything back when he looks back at his life. He recounts the highs and lows of his life with equal honesty. There are a lot of laugh out loud moments and a lot of amazed wonder at how he survived some of the escapades he found himself in. This is an absolute must read for any Elton John fan.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Elton John's own story about his life, from his childhood as Reginald Dwight to today's Elton John. I picked this up after watching Rocketman. I have enjoyed Elton John's music since I was little, but have never been a superfan, so I didn't know very much about his life and the movie made me interested in finding out how much of the movie was true and what happened after the movie ended. Turns out, a lot and a lot. :) I was very much surprised and pleased at his willingness to confess to some craziness and stupidity without making any excuses and was impressed with his journey, both on and off drugs. Of course, the fact that he is very funny helps enormously - I have a hard time not liking a person who makes me laugh, no matter what else their personality holds. I've recommended this book to many people, Elton John fans or no, and will continue to do so, it's just that good.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    4/5
    This is exactly what a celebrity memoir should be. It's honest without sharing things that other people may want to keep private (see: how he handles his brief marriage to a woman), its funny without glossing over really bad behavior, and you understand how the past has informed the man he is today. Even if you aren't a huge Elton John fan I would still recommend this as an exploration of how fame can change a person for good and for bad.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Candid and from the heart. Ther's no sugar coating here. Very enjoyable.