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Rocket man : the life of Elton John

by Bego, Mark,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary
Here's the book every pop music lover has been waiting for--full of the scandals, addictions, affairs, and tantrums that underscored the life of arguably the world's greatest pop musician. Flamboyant, iconic Elton John is as much part of the American musical landscape as he is in his native England.In the 1970s, when popular music on both sides of the Atlantic fragmented into disco, soul, hard rock, pop, and folk, Elton John embraced them all with his signature creative panache. Emerging in the late 1960s as a singer/songwriter, Elton was widely acknowledged as the most prolific pop and rock star of the decade by the mid-1970s. His peerless musical style and ability to jump from sensitive ballads to bawdy rock anthems to campy pop have made him a musical superstar for the ages.From his heartfelt ballads like "Tiny Dancer" and "Your Song" to his rock & roll hits including "Bennie and the Jets" and "Crocodile Rock," Elton has lived one of the most outrageous and colorful lives in show business.Having met the "Rocket Man" the first time in the 1980s, Bego has drawn upon his personal observations and vast research, and has been able to interview dozens of Elton's collaborators and lifelong friends to produce the the ultimate story on the amazing and larger-than-life Elton John.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "His hits span the decades: Your Song, Daniel, Tiny Dancer, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Rocket Man. With the success of the fantasy-laced 2019 film Rocketman and publication of his memoir, more people than ever know his backstory. So does the world need another Elton John biography? So compelling and entertaining is prolific pop music biographer Bego's portrait that the answer is in the affirmative. Bego writes about young Reginald Dwight's childhood in the greater London area, where the introverted, chubby, and bespectacled youngster felt like an outcast. Seeing Elvis on television changed everything. Polite Reg reinvented himself as the flamboyant Elton John, and with lyricist and platonic soul mate Bernie Taupin, formed one of the most successful songwriting teams of the 20th century. Bego discusses John's extensive recording output as well as his drug addiction and various health issues, his failed suicide attempt, his coming out, his forays into musical theater (Aida, The Lion King, Billy Elliot), his marriage to David Furnish, and the making of Rocketman, which John's film company, Rocket Pictures, helped make. Elton fans won't want to miss this.--June Sawyers Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Bego (Michael!) narrates the ups and downs of musician Elton John's career and music in this fawning set of fan's notes. Drawing on interviews with John's colleagues and on archival research, Bego chronicles Reginald Dwight's (he would become Elton John in 1967) childhood in 1940s and '50s Middlesex, England, where he developed a love of piano and rock and roll, and overcame his shyness through his outrageous performances. He experienced early musical success in the late 1960s with Long John Baldry and Rod Stewart, before gaining international acclaim in the 1970s, fueled by albums such as Madman Across the Water, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and 11-17-70. In the 1980s, John fell into alcohol and cocaine abuse, encountered financial problems, and struggled in his relationships; by the 1990s, however, he recovered and began playing sold-out stadium tours with Billy Joel, and found a younger audience when he performed "Candle in the Wind" at Princess Diana's funeral in 1997. Bego marches rapidly through John's career in the 21st century, highlighting albums such as 2004's Peachtree Road and the 2019 biopic Rocketman. In breathless prose, Bego cheerleads for John: "Is he a musical genius? Definitely. Is there more great music coming from Elton John? Years worth... Is he a 'mad genius'? Absolutely." This will be of most interest to diehard John fans. (Jan.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects John, Elton.
Rock musicians -- England -- Biography.
Biographies.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
Language English
Description xiv, 400 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-390) and discography (pages 391-398).
ISBN 9781643133133
1643133136
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