Me: Elton John by Elton John- Our Review


Our Review:
Sir Elton John is one of those larger than life characters whose illustrious life demands a unique curiosity. One can’t help but wonder who is the real man behind the feathered and flamboyant exterior.

This much anticipated memoir ‘Me’ does not disappoint and is the perfect spring read, indulgently enjoyed in the sunshine while sipping a glass of sparkling.

Each chapter is filled with stories- tales of the rich and famous, from Princess Diana to Freddy Mercury, coupled with stories of the more everyday events of falling in love and becoming a father.

Elton John opens up about his early life, his difficult familial relationships, an incredible career and the struggle faced in accepting one’s sexuality and identity, while battling a long standing substance abuse.

This memoir is candid, open and fascinating, to hear Elton John tell his story is nothing short of magical.
Review by Lydia @ Great Escape Books

In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, which is also the subject of the smash-hit film Rocketman. The result is Me – the joyously funny, honest and moving story of the most enduringly successful singer/songwriter of all time.

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.

‘Self-deprecating, funny … You cannot help but enjoy his company throughout, temper tantrums and all’ – The Times

‘Chatty, gossipy, amusing and at times brutally candid’ – Telegraph