Praise for ME
‘If you are in the market for an autobiography crammed with sex, drugs and rock and roll, Elton is clearly your man …
ME offers a chatty, gossipy, amusing and at times brutally candid account of a shy piano prodigy’s rise from humble origins in Pinner, Middlesex to the maddest excesses of cocaine-addled global superstardom and its long aftermath of addiction and recovery …
Sir Elton has lived his life as an open book and has now written a very entertaining one.’
THE TELEGRAPH UK
‘ME is very much a post-rehab book. He isn’t afraid of putting the boot in … mostly there is self-realisation, apologies to the people he has hurt, and reflections on where the coke binges, shopping addictions and endless need for attention … he’s hardest on himself.You cannot help but enjoy his company throughout, temper tantrums and all.’
‘“ME” is a very crowded book by a man who’s kept a lot to himself until now. Earlier this year the movie “Rocketman” gave a reasonably accurate overview of the Elton John story — but it barely scratched the surface of what’s in this memoir. The lurid parts will get all the headlines. But the man’s hard-won self-knowledge is what the book’s really about … This is no sob story. Even the worst of it can be ghoulishly funny’
THE NEW YORK TIMES Book Review
About the Book:
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 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.
SIR ELTON JOHN, CBE, is a multi-award winning solo artist who has achieved 38 gold and 31 platinum or multi-platinum albums, has sold more than 300 million records worldwide, and holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time, ‘Candle in the Wind 1997’. In August 2018 Elton was named the most successful male solo artist in the Billboard Hot 100 chart history, having logged 67 entries, including nine Number 1s and 27 Top 10s. Elton launched his first tour in 1970 and since then has performed over 4,000 times in more than 80 countries. When not recording or touring, Elton devotes his time to a number of charities, including his own Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised over $300 million and funded programmes across four continents in the twenty-four years it has existed. He is married to David Furnish, and they have two sons. Me is his first and only official autobiography
| Hardback | 352 pp | Rs 999