Me by Elton John (Author, Narrator), Taron Egerton (Narrator)
Published October 15th 2019 by Macmillan Audio
I grew up listening to Elton John. I loved his music and could sing along with so many of the catchy tunes. I knew about his friendship with Princess Diana, singing at her funeral as well as that he got married and they had children. What I didn’t know was about his battle with drugs and alcohol, his terrible temper and so many other things in his life.
As far as a memoir goes, a rocker in the 70s always had the three biggies, Sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. Of course that is all included in this book. I found it very interesting to learn about the AIDs charity that he started and supported for years. This was a rocker who loved to perform. He was on stage from his late teens and was still performing as he turned 70. He spent money without thinking about it, but was also generous with those around him. As you would expect, he knew a lot of famous people and we heard about many of them and how they had affected each other’s lives or careers. He was a bit of a diva in his early career (a lot of it due to the drugs) but he mellows with age and I liked hearing about those he supported while they were dealing with addictions. It is too bad that his father never got over the fact that he was gay and that he died never reconciling with his son. Overall, this was a memoir that held my interest, but was not one of the best that I have read/listened to.
Synopsis: In his only official autobiography, music icon Elton John writes about his extraordinary life, which is also the subject of the film Rocketman.
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 on his first tour of America, facing an astonished audience in his tight silver hotpants, bare legs and a T-shirt with ROCK AND ROLL emblazoned across it in sequins. 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 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 about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father.