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Me: Elton John Official Autobiography (2019)

de Elton John

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"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"--Amazon.… (més)
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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. ( )
  KatherineGregg | Mar 16, 2021 |
So I'm not sure what to rate this. On one hand - I have loved Elton John for most of my adult life. I love his music, his over the top persona, and his many and substantial contributions to charity. This book made me laugh out loud many times. It was just as shocking and gossipy as I was hoping it would be with plenty of stories that included other celebrities. It was certainly wildly entertaining and fascinating.
But.
There were a couple paragraphs in the book that made light of some actions that I don't think were even slightly amusing. In fact, it seemed predatory and it has affected how I feel about the book and about Elton John. I understand that he made some questionable choices in his drug and alcohol addled state, but the way this was presented was more like "look how clever I was" when in actuality he was using his money and power in a similar manipulative way as men like Harvey Weinstein and finding it amusing. Still finds it amusing. Or at least didn't acknowledge that it was rather awful of him.

"I did things on coke that I would never have had the courage to do or try if I hadn’t been. It takes all the inhibitions out of people. Even straight guys sometimes. You gave them a couple of lines and they’d do stuff they wouldn’t ordinarily do in a million years. Then regret it in the morning, I suppose – or occasionally come back for more."

"I was an observer, a voyeur. I’d kind of set up my perversion, have two or three guys doing things for me to watch. That was where my sexual pleasure came from, getting a bunch of people who wouldn’t normally have sex with each other, to have sex with each other. But I didn’t really participate. I just watched, took Polaroids, organized things."


So while I otherwise really enjoyed this book - I don't know what to do with that part of it. I'm surprised more people hasn't mentioned it in their reviews...
  NCDonnas | Jan 2, 2021 |
So I'm not sure what to rate this. On one hand - I have loved Elton John for most of my adult life. I love his music, his over the top persona, and his many and substantial contributions to charity. This book made me laugh out loud many times. It was just as shocking and gossipy as I was hoping it would be with plenty of stories that included other celebrities. It was certainly wildly entertaining and fascinating.
But.
There were a couple paragraphs in the book that made light of some actions that I don't think were even slightly amusing. In fact, it seemed predatory and it has affected how I feel about the book and about Elton John. I understand that he made some questionable choices in his drug and alcohol addled state, but the way this was presented was more like "look how clever I was" when in actuality he was using his money and power in a similar manipulative way as men like Harvey Weinstein and finding it amusing. Still finds it amusing. Or at least didn't acknowledge that it was rather awful of him.

"I did things on coke that I would never have had the courage to do or try if I hadn’t been. It takes all the inhibitions out of people. Even straight guys sometimes. You gave them a couple of lines and they’d do stuff they wouldn’t ordinarily do in a million years. Then regret it in the morning, I suppose – or occasionally come back for more."

"I was an observer, a voyeur. I’d kind of set up my perversion, have two or three guys doing things for me to watch. That was where my sexual pleasure came from, getting a bunch of people who wouldn’t normally have sex with each other, to have sex with each other. But I didn’t really participate. I just watched, took Polaroids, organized things."


So while I otherwise really enjoyed this book - I don't know what to do with that part of it. I'm surprised more people hasn't mentioned it in their reviews...
  NCDonnas | Jan 2, 2021 |
Quite a life Sir Elton John has but I already knew a lot of it but not all of it. I'm a big lover of his music but never read any biographies of him (which I'm sure that were written) but I guess I was waiting for him to do so.

His parents were temperamental people and unfortunately it's in the genes like he says. He can go off at any minute. I loved his early life which I didn't know much about and you think I would reading a lot about him when I played his albums or know the stories behind his songs.

The only thing it didn't cover which I was surprised about since he's so open about his life, i.e., drugs, alcohol, bulimia, prostate cancer (which most people didn't know about) which was a few years back) was his knighting to Sir Elton John. His love for David Furnish and his sons Elijah and Zachary late in life is reflected in his words.

Overall, a great read and every Elton John lover should read this book. ( )
  sweetbabyjane58 | Nov 18, 2020 |
Elton is a good storyteller, and despite his average writing - he often tells when a more skilled craftsman might show - I enjoyed this book immensely. Despite its often dry delivery, Elton's story is quite touching, full of interesting people and experiences and at times he is hilarious in his commentary. ( )
  Mona07452 | Oct 23, 2020 |
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"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"--Amazon.

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