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Elton John was my favourite artist as I was growing up. I bought his albums as they came out, went to see hm live when I could and heard about his life in the news and reviews. This autobiography took me back through all that and filled so many gaps in stories that was half aware of. I found a lot of it fascinating. The stories flesh out the stories of his development as a songwriter and performer but you also get insights into him as a person. He doesn't go easy on himselfr. He spent a lot of years being very messed-up and it's to his credit that he doesn't shy away from writing about those years. I thoroughly enjoyed the nostalgia of going back through his past and ending up with a more rounded picture of this man. I found the story of him getting sober and starting his AIDS foundation moving and inspiring. I saw him recently on his final tour.. At 72 he is as generous in his commitment to live performances as he ever was. A great songwriter and performer but also an honest, generous and kind soul.
I was in the audience of one of Elton's concerts in Brisbane, Australia when he threw a hissy fit and walked off the stage early never to return for not only an encore but to thank his loyal fans. I was talked into attending another concert a couple of years later when he performed with a much loved Billy Joel to be surprised and disappointed that they sang each other's songs. I said never again. Having read this more than honest account of Elton's story I was ready to give him a third chance only to discover that his concerts in Australia are now sold out. I have terminal cancer so I have now missed this opportunity. I'm hoping his 'final' concerts in Australia will be a resounding success for Elton and his fans. Thank you Reg Dwight for everything you have done for the world. Your boys will be proud.
Even before I heard of the movie adaptation (starring Taron Egerton), I wanted to read this book. Elton was my childhood soundtrack throughout the 1970s and 1980s and I had never once stopped to wonder as to how a gawky bespectacled boy called Reg from Pinner became a rock icon - so this book uncovers his childhood, his rise to fame, and his battles with alcohol and drugs. His writing is witty and engaging and he pulls no punches - there is never "woe is me" but instead he meets his demons head-on and bares himself mistakes and all. An enjoyable read and a veritable who's who of music royalty within these pages. Brilliant.
I’m not a die hard Elton fan but Ive heard his music since I was 9 years old.. I was interested in his story because he’s been around for so long and I was interested in what he had learnt in life especially coming out of that kind of industry... I wasn’t disappointed, I feel like he was honest in baring his heart and sharing his journey the way he did.. he’s had an amazing life and appears to be humble and thankful for what that life has benefited him.. great read and well done to Elton
Wonderful insights into a brilliant yet very human man. Elton’s sense of humour shone through, his honesty - brave, his humility - admirable, his flaws - relatable, his pain - heartbreaking, his passion - inspiring. For all that I loved & learned, I was left wanting to know even more about this remarkable, talented, international treasure who I’m proud to be a fan of.
A biography that's honest and open. He covers the good and the bad. The words flow with ease and you can tell he is a man with nothing to hide. He's been in our lives for so long and have assumed he lives the life of a typical, rich rock star. Anything but. Yes, he has the homes and the toys but he is also a deep thinking and caring man. Elton and his partner have used their wealth and influence to help thousands. A true philanthropist from such a humble background. An easy and enjoyable read.
I loved this book. It was honest and raw and didn't beat around the bush. Elton is honest in his flaws and faults, as well as his passions. His stories about his life with people like Rod Stewart, Princess Diana and meeting some of his idols is so interesting. I would highly recommend this, regardless of if you are an Elton fan. It's great.
There are passages in this book so funny I was laughing out loud. It’s also honest about Elton’s less attractive aspects. Elton comes across as a generous, compassionate and loyal person who has developed insight into himself and his extra-ordinary good fortune. Superbly ghosted by Alex Petridis.
Brilliant read. I’ve been a fan since the 70’s & this book does not disappoint. His songs are the road map to my life. The best concert I have ever seen was Elton John & Ray Cooper at the old Entertainment Centre in Perth Aust. When that big dome opened & there was one man playing all those percussion instruments was incredible. A perfect accompaniment to Eltons music. Big congrats to you Sir Elton.....