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Ever since Elton John started on the road to superstardom, there have been authors writing books about his public and personal life. This page catalogs the various biographies and other related books written about Elton John. Some of the entries here are second printings or from different countries written in different languages, but all of them have unique cover designs. They are presented here in chronological order of year published. Some books still in print have links to purchase the book from Amazon.com.
Title: Elton John
Author: Chris Charlesworth
Year: 1986
publisher: Bobcat Books
ISBN: 0-7119-1035-9
pages: 48
binding: softcover
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A critical biography tracing Elton John's career from his days as a pub pianist in North London to his eventual emergence as one of the world's best loved rock superstars. Fully illustrated.
Title: Elton John
Author: J.M. Escrihuela
Year: 1986
publisher: Edicomunicacion
ISBN: 84-7672-016-5
Country: Spain
pages: 250
binding: softcover
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Tras quince años de contínuos éxitos musicales, Elton John es hoy una de las estrellas más brillantes en el incierto mundo del rock. Compositor e intérprete magistral al piano, dotado de una voz excepcional, ha sabido bordar sus hermosas melodías con los mangíficos textos del poeta Bernie Taupin, logrando para su obra el máximo reconocimiento y cotización en cualquier rincón del mundo.

Tímido, extravagante y miope, ha superado todos sus complejos tras sus originales modelos de gafas y vestimenta, convirtiéndose en el músico más excéntrico del show-business, el primer artista del pop occidental capaz de provocar el delirio entre moscovitas y yanquis.

Una gran cantidad de anécdotas a lo largo de su biografía, y la más completa relación de sus grabaciones (discos oficiales, piratas, colaboraciones, videos, etc.), hacen de este libro el estudio más profundo realizado hasta la fecha en España sobre este gran "fenómeno" musical llamado Elton John.

Title: Elton John
Author: Paul McAllister
Year: 1986
publisher: Bastei Lubbe
ISBN: 3-404-61085-7
Country: Germany
pages: 208
binding: paperback
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Paul McAllister stammt aus einer Musikerfamilie. Als jugendlicher Handball-Freak verdarb er sich die Klavierfinger und nutzt seit vielen Jahren den kräftigen Anschlag für journalistische Arbeiten im Pop- und Rockbereich. Da der FC Watford ihn als Platzwart ablehnte, nähert sich McAllister ELTON JOHN nun mit dieser faktenreichen Biographie. Von frühen Kneipenjobs, teuren Brillen, Turnereien am Klavier, zwei Frauen, viel Geld und noch viel mehr Musik ist die Rede...
Title: A Cradle of Haloes - Sketches of a Childhood
Author: Bernie Taupin
Year: 1988
publisher: Aurum Press Limited
ISBN: 1-85410-005-X
pages: 186
binding: hardcover
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A Cradle of Haloes is the story of a childhood fuelled by romanticism played out in the flat brown farmland of post-war Lincolnshire.

Raised in a succession of rural locations, Bernie Taupin devises his own entertainment with a vivid imagination influenced by literary heroes and pop icons. Back in the reality of the day, he embarks on teenage rebellion with his own gang after a conker ambush, experiences the torment of first lofe and endures a series of short-lived jobs, until a desire to stretch his boundaries causes him to make a decision that will change his life. And all the time in the background there is the relentless pulse of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Animals as they take the Sixties by storm.

A bitter-sweet odyssey of determination, Bernie Taupin's story stands above all as a salute to the great adventure of childhood.

Title: Elton John A Biography
Author: Barry Toberman
Year: 1988
publisher: Wiedenfeld & Nicolson
ISBN: 0-297-79277-6
pages: 182
binding: hardcover
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Elton John is a musical phemonemon whose lifestyle has shoked and delighted the British public for well over a decade.

For the first time, in this candid biography, Elton John's private and public life is laid bare. What were the musical influences that created his inimitable style and gave him unprecedented success, not only in Britain but in the United States? How carefully constructed are Elton John's showbiz extravaganzas on stage? What is the truth about the man behind the glitz - a truly private man?

In 1967 Elton John was Reggie Dwight a bespectacled pub pianist. He answered an advertisement in New Musical Express for musical talent and met as a result his lyricist Bernie Taupin. Three years later he was being hailed on both sides of the Atlantic as the saviour of rock 'n' roll.

In the years that followed, Elton was hardly ever out of the headlines. His string ofalbums and hit singles; his self-proclaimed bisexuality in 1976; his chairmanship of Watford Football Club; and his marriage to his recording engineer, Renate Blauel, all made major news stories.

Barry Toberman has interviewed many of Elton's friends and associates to write the story of a superstar.

Title: Sotheby's Auction Box Set
Year: 1988
publisher: Sotheby's London
pages: 590
binding: 4 softcover booklets in a hard slip case
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Elton John is one of the most remarkable musicians this country has ever produced: a rock star, an entertainer, a phenominal figure who keeps his global audience guessing about what he will come up with next. At the top of his own field for more than twenty years, he is also well known for his love of sport and his patronage of British football. Now, with the publication of these catalogues, we can see him as an astonishingly energetic and enthusiastic collector of works of art.

Rock and roll records were Elton John's earliest passion, with the result that he now has one of the largest collections of recorded music in private hands. But soon after the launch of his own first discs he turned his attention to the decorative arts of the twentienth century. as the group of 1920s and '30s decorative bronze and ivory sculptures show. There are fine pictures including works by Magritte and Lowry. Cartier jewellry, another passion also forms an important part of his collection. Elton's fans and students of rock music everywhere will also recognize many items from the memorabilia catalogue: the most comprehensive offering of the appendages of rock ever to appear on the market. We find the Pinball Wizard's gigantic pair of Doc Marten's made for the film 'Tommy', the baseball outfit worn at the Dodgers Stadium Concert in 1975 and the Eiffel Tower boater worn in concert in Paris.

In a recent interview with the Press, Elton John told the world why at the height of his fame and fortune he was selling nearly everything he owned. He has simply outcollected hos home's ability to absorb what he has purchased: when I first went there it was an Aladdin's cave, a magic toy shop, but hard to find somewhere to sit. Paul Gambaccini, in this catalogue, who has known the star for many years discusses the collection in the light of Elton's career to date. We are also fortunate in hearing Elton's own views on the subject which he gave us at Bond Street while Terry O'Neil took the photos for the catalog cover shots.

It is clear that Elton the Collector will start again. The next twenty years should be as fascinating, if a bit more concentrated, than the last. Meanwhile it is typical that the world will be able, this autumn, to share the star's good fortune.

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Title: Elton John
Author: Stefano Magnani
Year: 1989
publisher: Kaos Edizioni Milano
ISBN: 40041204
Country: Italy
pages: 121
binding: softcover
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La lunga, travagliata, intensa vicenda umana e artistica di Reginald Kennenth Dwight, dalla difficile infanzia nei sobborghi londinesi dei primi anni '50, alla lunga gavetta nel sottobosco musicale giovanile degli anni '60, ai fasta mondiali della scena pop-rock - nei celeberrimi panni di Elton John - lungo l'arco di circa un ventennio, tra successi e popolarità con pochi eguali, fama e riccezza, e gravi crisi personali.

I appendice, la discografia completa.

Title: Elton John The Biography
Author: Philip Norman
Year: 1991
publisher: Harmony Books
ISBN: 0-517-58762-9
pages: 520
binding: hardcover
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Philip Norman has written the first in-depth biography of the last unchronicled rock legend, Elton John. His songs "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Rocket Man," "Candle in the Wind," and "Daniel" are classics. As a stage showman, Elton John is unrivaled. His dominance of the record charts, his flamboyance and extravagance, his triumphs and tragedies have kept him constantly in the public spotlight. Yet little has ever really been known of the piano-playing prodigy who began making music as a chubby schoolboy named Reggie Dwight. From his early days playing at a pub for pennies on Saturday nights to his glittery life as rock's new messiah in the 1970s, from an introverted singer-songwriter to a media darling, an impresario, a soccer-club chairman, an eccentric collector, and an intimate of celebrities, Elton John's professional life is explored in fascinating detail by Philip Norman.
Title: Elton John
Author: IƱaki Berrio
Year: 1991
publisher: Salvat Editores
ISBN: 84-345-5289-2
Country: Spain
pages: 95
binding: softcover
A short biographical book with some black and white photos. Half the pages are lyrics to select songs from Elton's career.
Title: Two Rooms
Author: Lorna Dickinson and Claudia Rosencrantz
Year: 1991
publisher: Boxtree Limited
ISBN: 1-85238-647-4
pages: 126
binding: hardcover
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Elton John and Bernie Taupin discuss their lives, their careers and each other, providing a fascinating insight into their long term friendship and the inspiration behind some of their best known work. With contributions from relatives and friends lncluding Elton and Bernie's mothers, Cher, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Roger Daltrey, Billie Jean King, Sting, Tina Turner, Ray Williams, and Neil Young, Twoo Rooms - the book, celebrates 25 years of this unique collaboration. As well as reproducing the lyrics of selected songs, the book contains a complete discography.
Title: Elton John
Author: Stefano Magnani
Year: 1992
publisher: Edizioni Blues Brothers
Country: Italy
pages: 117
binding: softcover
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La lunga, travagliata, intensa vicenda umana e artistica di Reginald Kennenth Dwight, dalla difficile infanzia nei sobborghi londinesi dei primi anni '50, alla lunga gavetta nel sottobosco musicale giovanile degli anni '60, ai fasta mondiali della scena pop-rock - nei celeberrimi panni di Elton John - lungo l'arco di circa un ventennio, tra successi e popolarità con pochi eguali, fama e riccezza, e gravi crisi personali.

I appendice, la discografia completa.

Title: The Many Lives Of Elton John
Author: Susan Crimp and Patricia Burstein
Year: 1992
publisher: Carol Publishing Group
ISBN: 1-55972-111-1
pages: 310
binding: hardcover
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A revelatory, all-embracing portrait of the bizarre superstar Elton John, as his fans have never seen him. For twenty years Elton John has been one of the most consistently successful musicians in the world. Overweight, unattractive, and bisexual, he is also quite unlike the typical superstar. Here is the startling story of how he traveled the road to stardom, a journey as surreal as his flamboyant stage performances.

The Many Lives of Elton John is the enlightening story of Reg Dwight. A child who longed to be loved, he was mentally abused by his father and bullied by his classmates. In his character Elton John, Reg's dream became reality... at least on the surface. He could hide behind extravagant costumes. And he found solace in giving expensive gifts to friends, enjoying afternoon teas with Queen Elizabeth, indulging in mammoth shopping sprees at Cartier's, collecting art and antiques, and alternating between eating binges and fad diets.

A confessed alcoholic, he was prompted to stop drinking only by the death of AIDS victim and close friend Ryan White. Prone to mood swings and depression, Elton has made many enemies. He considered suicide rather than marry fiancée Linda Woodrow. And the only dialogue he has had with his father is their bitter exchanges on the tabloids. "Quite frankly, some of his songs are rubbish," Stanley Dwight says.

Elton's professional life has also been tainted by anger and enmity. Ray Williams, the talent scout who paired him with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, was fired as a result of Elton's irrational tantrums. Steve James lays the responsibility for the death of his music publisher father, Dick James, on Elton, blaming John's prolonged and venomous litigation. Elton's relathionship with Taupin has had many highs and lows as well.

Stanley Dwight has said that his son's career is based largely on luck, but The Many Lives of Elton John shows how real talent and determination can overcome countless obstacles.

The authors' extensive research included personal interviews with friends, family, and colleagues.

Title: Elton John
Author: Susan Crimp and Patricia Burstein
Year: 1992
publisher: Mammoet
ISBN: 80-601-0791-8
Country: Holland
pages: 255
binding: softcover
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Een onthullend, alomvattend portret van de bizarre superster EltonJohn, zoals zijn fans hem nooit hebben gekend.

Al meer dan twintig jaar lang is Elton John één van de meest consistente, succescolle muzikanten ter wereld. Te dik, onaantrekkelijk en biseksueel is hij niet het prototype van een superster. Dit is het verbijsterende relaas over zijn weg naar het sterrendom, een reis, die net zo onwerkelijk is als zijn extravagante optredens.

Elton John is het verhelderende verhaal van Reg Dwight. Het naar liefde hunkerende kind werd geestelijk mishandeld door zijn vader en gepest door zijn klasgenootjes. In de persoon Elton John werd Reg's droom werkelijkheid... tenminste, aan de oppervlakte. Hij kon zich verschuilen achter buitensporige podiumkledij. En hij vond troost in het geven van dure cadeau's aan vrienden, ging op theevisite bij koningin Elizabeth, en leefde zich uit tijdens het winkelen bij Cartiers, het verzamelen van kunst en antiek en wisselde strenge diëten af met grote feesten.

Als erkend alcoholicus kon alleen de dood van een AIDS-slachtoffer, zijn goede vriend Ryan White, hem ertoe brengen met het drinken te stoppen. Ten prooi aan grote stemmingswisselingen en depressies, heeft Elto vele vijanden gemaakt. Hij overwoog zelfmoord te plegen, in plaats van met zijn verloofde Linda Woodrow te trouwen. En de enige manier waarop hij met zijn vader communiceerde, was via hun bittere dialoog in de schandaalpers. 'Om eerlijk te zijn, sommige van zijn liedjes zijn waardeloos; de carrière van mijn zoon is voornamelijk gebaseerd op geluk,' zegt Stanley Dwight.

Maar Elton John bewijst, hoe werkelijk talent en doorzettingsvermogen ontelbare obstakels kan overwinnen.

Het uitgebreide onderzoek van de auteurs bestond uit interviews met vrienden, familie en collega's.

Title: The Many Lives of Elton John
Author: Susan Crimp and Patricia Burstein
Year: 1992
publisher: Robert Hale
ISBN: 0-7090-5072-0
Country: UK
pages: 310
binding: hardcover
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New York City, August 1976

'The gentleman you've all been waiting for,,, the biggest, most colosssal, gigantic, fantastic ELTON JOHN!'

Dressed like the Statue of Liberty, Elton John croons, belts and roars his way through twenty-four songs at New York's Madison Square Garden. The stage set is a mock-up of an old Wurlitzer jukebox and its centrepiece is a saucer-shaped, silver-painted fibreglass piano that changes colours to fit the mood of each tune. Using his emotive baritone while pounding the keys of his piano, he fills the huge arena with rock 'n' roll, alternating between ballads, tender and mawkish, and buoyantly melodic pop-gospel tunes. Hit follows hit, ranging over the maudlin 'Funeral for a Friend', the melancholic 'Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me', the winsome 'Your Song' and one of the most evocative ballads of the decade, 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'.

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