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- Print Length: 376 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1509853316
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (October 15, 2019)
- Publication Date: October 15, 2019
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07PK1ZF4K
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“[Me] pushes the envelope. . . . The movie Rocketman gave a reasonably accurate overview of the Elton John story―but it barely scratched the surface of what’s in this memoir. The lurid parts will get all the headlines. But [it is really about] the man’s hard-won self-knowledge.”
―The New York Times
"Thought you got all of Elton John's story in the rollicking biopic, Rocketman? Well, consider that merely a tasty appetizer ahead of this ultra-rich and heavy dinner."
“Magnificent. . . . While Me is as colorful as you’d expect from an artist famous for his outlandish stage costumes and outsize temper tantrums, it is also so much more. . . . Fans who think seeing Rocketman was enough and can ‘eventually’ read his memoir, we can tell you: do not wait a long, long time. Me is a riveting, laugh-til-you-cry, heartfelt page-turner.”
“[Elton] proves himself an engrossing, fluid and alarmingly forthcoming writer. . . Like [his] songs, Me overflows with whimsical characters, twisted humor, winking self-aggrandizement and stark pathos. . . . An absorbing and unfettered joy.”
“By turn hilarious, touching, and surprising. . . . In between the countless anecdotes with stars from across the decades, John’s enthusiasm for music continues to shine through. . . . It's wonderful to read [and] compelling evidence that Elton John was born to be [a star].”
“Outrageously enjoyable. . . . [Elton] is utterly, astonishingly, hilariously self-lacerating. . . . His clear-eyed honesty and his ear for the comic line make him a deeply appealing memoirist.”
“Excellent. . . . [Me] mines a rich seam of salacious and self-deprecating anecdote, heady scandal, personal struggle, and ultimate redemption, all delivered with a total lack of self-consciousness.”
―The Wall Street Journal
“A uniquely revealing pop star autobiography. . . . Me is essential reading for anyone who wants to know the difficult road that [Elton has] walked.”
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An absolute must for any fan of Elton, or anyone who loves rock biographies.
Top international reviews
The years when he was going through Rehab, when he had cancer, all of his troubled relationships such as with his parents, everything is laid completely bare. It is very well written and gives a great account of everything he has been through, which has moulded him into the man that he is now – a truly talented and kind hearted individual. I am very glad that he has finally found happiness with his husband and children.
I strongly recommend this, 10/10*! A great read and a great gift idea too.
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The style is very straightforward, it's not a timeline diary piece, but it's almost in diary style. The first chapter actually had me in tears, because Elton's experiences so closely match mine as a child of the 1950s. His social background, the culture into which he was born, his parents' hasty wartime marriage and subsequent unhappiness, I had a depressed angry father too, and my mother was a narcissist, and I am a working class grammar school girl. I even won the same music scholarship as Elton, although I attended the Guildhall. I'm glad I never had a record deal and a big musical career looking back, but Elton's story is a strong and valid warning to anyone young now believing that becoming a global recording artist is a dream. It's usually a nightmare, and Elton's survival, while heartening and impressive, is not always going to be possible for others seduced by celebrity and riches.
Pop is more competitive and disposable than ever now. Elton had the kind of artistic freedom today's chart fodder can only dream of. Any autobiography is going to fight accusations of hagiography and false mea culpa moments, just enough confessional to spice up the book, not so much the reader is put off. I've never been a 'superfan' of anyone, my tastes are just too wide, so apart from his early catalogue which for someone like me, a contemporary could hardly avoid, and which I did love by and large, my experience of the rest of his considerable body of work is limited. It's a shame he does not believe he has been able to produce and market material as good as his earlier work, there are gems from later years, for example Sixty Years On and Indian sunset are also masterpieces to me but you'll not hear them much on Radio 2.
Elton's puzzlement about the origins of his short temper, his neediness and 'attachment issues' and his addiction are less of a mystery to me than him, although I would not presume to guess at the detail. That he happily owns them all through the book is certainly further than some celebrity 'tell all's and slightly less than a few. Overall pretty enlightening and in places even uplifting, it sits somewhere in the middle of two recent celebrity reads I've worked through, Sean Penn's textually and intellectually dense bid for literary status which was just too surreal to bother with in the end, and the biogs, like Whitesnake's which quickly descends into a discography and tour diary. People read bio's and autobios expecting some stripping back of the image and I was not disappointed with Elton's.
He's been painted as an indulgent, drug addled hysteric too long by the gutter press, I hope this book goes a long way to redress that.
The brutal honesty with which he talks about his extraordinary life, without ever trying to make excuses for his behaviour was refreshing and at times moving, funny and fascinating.
I read it in one go and wanted more
I don’t know if he wrote it or commissioned a ghost writer, but it is well written & easy to read. The opening chapters, about his childhood are a real eye opener; while he had a relatively comfortable working class life, his mother seems to have been unstable in some way, prone to furious, even cruel outbursts. His father was away a lot being in the RAF, but he wasn’t much better than the mother. And yet he wasn’t deprived of material necessities & comforts.
I found some of the detail about his early years trying to succeed rather tedious, but it will be fascinating for those with a particular interest & knowledge about music, pop especially.
But if anybody’s life merited a memoir Elton’s certainly does, being jam- packed with incident. It certainly conveys superbly this larger than life character: to coin a phrase, you couldn’t make it up.
It seems a very honest book, although as it moves towards the present his version of certain elements struck me as rather disingenuous. I have, after all, read the papers, & read between the lines.
There’s no denying though, he has been a huge & colourful presence in our lives, a great talent who has written some beautiful music. And considering his phenomenal success he’s come out of it relatively unspoilt. I wish him well.
The second I saw the number of pages I knew he would be skimming over his life. Having read numerous biographies of the legends, from John Fogerty to Gregg Allman, Joe Perry to Neil Young, I've learned one thing: if a major star with a massive, eventful career has a boom less than 400 odd pages, it's going to be brief. Again, with Elton, you know you're in trouble when the book is similar in length to John Fogerty, who hasn't had the career Elton has. So, while the read was great and contained stories I hadn't heard of before, including the shocking revelation of cancer a few years ago, it lacked, for me, the following: 1) Album and touring details of the 70's, (he jumps massively over his greatest period, when he was the number solo star in the USA), gives little insight into his knighthood, no mention of concerts during the 90's to any degree and barely touches upon his great career renaissance, after SFTWC in 2001. Just casually mentions about making albums like the old days, and names them. No other info. Easily, a proper, in depth read for a fan could have been 500 pages, yt he chooses to hop over certain parts. I still cannot believe, other than mentioning the well known aborted Jamaica recording, he doesn't tale about GYBR, nor dos he mention Tumbleweed much or Honky Chateux, being his first US number one album. He doesn't talk much about going from singer-songwriter and piano pounder to Glam legend on top of the pops. That was a huge, notable transition, yet he doesn't say much, other than the screaming girls that suddenly attended the concerts. I will say the 80's drug days pages were fascinating. We all know he was one of the drug crazies, yet in parts he frankly declares how sordid and bonkers those final dark days were in the late eighties. It was also harrowing, for me, to realise how he could have joined the other lost legends following the infection a few years ago. He was a day from death. One thing that's remarkable is he's still standing, to be cheesy, and he is one heck of an underrated musician and all round legend. I'm glad this year saw the successful film and this book. When he see these guys like him now hitting their 70's, it is now like 'crap, they're old.' I hope he doesn't visit St. Peter any time soon....
You only have to listened to how Elton has spoken on screen in the decades that he has been making music that this is a man who was born to speak eloquently and entertain.
The old added term of sex and drugs and rock n roll, is pumped 6 times the volume for Elton's biography.
There is no stone left unturned, there is virtually NOTHING left untold in Elton telling his life story, and for me, this is what makes this autobiography just one of the most honest and incredibly moving music autobiographies EVER written.
There were some incredible situations that I have never heard about Elton John before, for example:
When he released his first studio albums at the beginning of his music career, he was still a session musician. He used to be a session musician for the Top of the Pops compilation albums, that did not have the original versions like they do today, with the That's What I Call Music Series; they would use session musicians, and Elton was one of these musicians.
There is some incredible revelations in the book ( not wanting to give too much away), but he mentions a moment when the HOLLYWOOD ACTRESS Kathreen Hepburn just went into Elton's swimming pool, from thea suggestion of British Film Director Byran Forbes, and walked out with a frog.
Some of the delegations in this book,are incredible in-house believable, but when you have lived the life that Elton John has lived, NOTHING IS OUT OF BOUNDS.
The most shocking revelation is the relationship Elton John has with his mother, these two just did not get along with each other. The relationship is just as shocking as Tina had with One Turner and Marvin Gaye had with his father.
This book is in-obtainable because of Elton John's incredible humour.
You realise that by the End of the book that Elton is so loved, because he is just one of the most down to earth and honest musicians that the United Kingdom has EVER produced in Modern British Popular Music.
àIn my opinion, this book is just as brilliant as Hunter Davis book on the beatles, and in my opinion Me: Elton John is one of the BEST Music Autobiography Books EVER written.
Elton has a remarkable talent, which was evident from a very young age. All he needs are lyrics, and he can compose a song around them in a very short space of time. He is the first to admit he has no business sense, and he's been stung in the past when leaving his earnings in the hands of his erstwhile manager and former lover John Reid.
Elton drops celebrity names all over his book, and entertaining stories to go with them. There are many laugh-out-loud moments; one that stands out is when he confronts burglars in the middle of the night. He has a typically British dry sense of humour, which he mixes up with the misery to give an overall 'feelgood' factor.
A very readable autobiography. Writing it must have been very therapeutic for him, as it seems that with the exception of his marriage to Renate, nothing else seems to have been left out!
It's his life story. It follows it through in chronological order, so is pretty much the same as any other music autobiography. Enjoyed music as a kid, took a job in the music industry, got found, got big. But the way he tells the story is refreshing. He spares no one - least of all himself. He's very candid about his problems with drugs, alcohol, sex, love, other people and himself. It's packed full of great anecdotes and John comes over as an enormously likeable character. He's self aware and fully knows how ridiculous his life is and how badly behaved he can be. It's a great read. And you don't need any interest in his music at all to enjoy it thoroughly.
And yes, he really did ring his assistant and ask him to make the wind stop blowing.