The many lives of Elton John

by Crimp, Susan.

Format: Print Book 1992
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks ML410.J64 C7 1992
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks
Call Number  ML410.J64 C7 1992
Wilkinsburg Public Library Nonfiction 92 JOHN
Location  Wilkinsburg Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  92 JOHN
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Fat Reg Dwight's transformation into rock star Elton John cannot help but be an interesting tale. Unfortunately, though the authors have done their research, their clunky writing style leaves something to be desired: "His companion this evening was a woman who was born famous, and it was only because she had an older sister, the Queen of England, that she was not the most well-known woman in the world." Readers able to overlook the prose will settle in for a story filled with sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, but John is also shown as a compassionate man, deeply touched by Ryan White and his fight against AIDS. So touched, in fact, that John found the courage to admit his own alcoholism and do something about it. Fans of the singer will no doubt enjoy this bio, especially those curious about John's enigmatic life-style. ~--Ilene Cooper"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Ponderous and overburdened with unnecessary detail, this biography makes Elton John, one of the most flamboyant performers in rock 'n' roll history, seem flat and uninteresting. Crimp and Burstein ( Hollywood Sisters: Jackie and Joan Collins ) present the already well-chronicled facts of John's career and private life credibly enough but couch them in a style that rarely rises above tabloid commentary. Dead ends abound: there are depictions of hotel rooms (``the seven room, faux Louis XIV suite'') and lengthy descriptions (such as a painful cataloguing of articles John auctioned off at one point) that do nothing to illuminate the subject. Only when John is quoted directly--his bantering on New York's WNEW-FM with deejay Scott Muni, for example--do readers glean intimations of his multifaceted personality. Bright spots--sensitive treatment of John's involvement with AIDS victim Ryan White, John's reaction to John Lennon's death--are not enough to overcome the flaws that affect most of the book. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects John, Elton.
Rock musicians -- England -- Biography.
Publisher New York, N.Y. :Carol Pub. Group,1992
Contributors Burstein, Patricia.
Language English
Notes "A Birch Lane Press book."
Description x, 310 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 296) and index.
ISBN 1559721111 :
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