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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 Superstar
Author: Judy Parkinson
Year: 2003
publisher: Fackerltrager Verlag
ISBN: 3-7716-4304-X
Country: Germany
pages: 256
binding: hardcover
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Sir Elton John ist unbestritten der erfolgreichste unter den Superstars der Rock-Musik: In der vergangenen 34 Jahren hat er in fast jedem Jahr mehr als ein Album herausgebracht. Der englische Exzentriker verkaufte bislang mehr Platten als Elvis Presley oder die Beatles. Mehr als 500 Songs hat diese lebende Metapher für das. Außergewöhnliche komponiert oder aufgenommen und während der vergangenen drei Jahrzehnte einen fast ununterbrochenen weltweiten Erfolg gefeiert - mit mindestens 60 Hits in den Top Forty und 43 Bestseller-Alben. Sein der tödlich verunglückten Prinzessin Diana gewidmeter Song «Candle In The Wind '97» wurde die meistverkaufte Single aller Zeiten und hat der Stiftung, die zum Gedenken an Diana gegründet wurde, $30 Mio. eingebracht. Für seine musikalischen Verdienste wurde Elton John 1998 von Queen Elizabeth II. zum Ritter geschlagen. 2002 erhielt er die Ehrendoktorwürde der Royal Academy of Music.

Seine Lebensgeschichte ist eine Reise, die über Triumphe und Rückschläge endlich zum Ziel innerer Ruhe führte. Sie beginnt mit dem spektakulären Aufstieg zu Ruhm und Reichtum, dem ein ebenso gewaltiger Absturz folgt. Zu ihr gehören Selbstmordversuche, Drogensucht und Entzug, Ehe und Scheidung, Homosexuellenskandale, Heilung von seinen Suchtkrankheiten, Beleidigungsklagen und Versöhnung. Sein sensationelles Comeback lässt ihn wieder zu einer viel geliebten, weltweit bekannten Persönlichkeit werden.

Die international angesehene Biografin Judy Parkinson zeichnet einfühlsam ein facettenreiches Bild der privaten und öffentlichen Person Elton John, das durch zahlreiche brillante Fotos abgerundet wird.

Title: World Musicmakers
Author: John O'Mahony
Year: 2004
publisher: Blackbirch Press
ISBN: 1-56711-972-7
pages: 64
binding: hardcover
This is a re-print of the original 1993 title "World's Greatest Composers" by author Michael O'Mahony.
Title: Dream Ticket
Author: Paul Flynn
Year: 2004
publisher: HST Management
ISBN: 0-9548942-0-0
pages: 112
binding: hardcover
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A ticket to any Elton John show is indeed a dream ticket, and this gathering of more than a hundred photos, many never or seldom seen before is as much a journal of the extraordinary distance he has covered across four decades as it is a snapshot of the energy and personality Elton has always delivered, whether on stage or record.

If it's also a book about contrasts it's because he is a man of contrasts, and throughout these pages the images portray his journey across the years, from blue jeans to peacock-like resplendence and back again, from unbridled extravagance to mature, monochrome elegance.

The multi-faceted showman celebrated in this gallery may display countless aspects, but indubitably they are all part of one larger-than-life persona. This is Elton, and this is a picture of how he has carried his incoparable music into the hearts and minds of his global audience.

Title: Elton John de A à Z
Author: Stephane Boudsocq
Year: 2005
publisher: Groupe Express éditions
ISBN: 2-84343-294-4
Country: France
pages: 119
binding: softcover
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Il est l'une des plus grandes rock stars de la planète et ça fait près de quarante ans que ça dure! Capable d'écrire les plus belles ballades intimistes comme de faire se lever un stade tout entier, Elton John est infatigable. Sur scène, en studio ou dans son engagement contre le sida, Elton insuffle ine énergie toujours communicative. À la fois crooner, entertainer, romantique ou provacateur, il est l'artiste le plus connu du Royaume-Uni, il a côtoyé les plus grands et a même été anobli par la reine. Plusieurs générations fredonnent "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", "Song for Guy" ou "Candle in the Wind", autant de mélodies devenues immortelles. De A comme Aida à Z comme Zizanie, ce MusicBook retrace l'étonnant parcours de sir Reginald.
Title: A Voice Louder Than Rock and Roll
Author: Caleb Quaye and Dale Berryhill
Year: 2006
publisher: Vision Publishing
ISBN: 0-9762730-1-2
pages: 196
binding: softcover
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ROCK OF AGES: "When I was hobnobbing with some of the biggest stars popular music has ever produced - Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Pete Townshend, Lou Reed, Hall And Oates, and, most notably, Elton John - I thought I had what matters in life. If I had stopped to think about it, I would have dismissed the idea of religious faith as something unreal. Today, I see that it was the fame and the success that were unreal and transient, and that it is my religious faith that is meaningful and lasting.

"What the music business has, I don't need, but what I have in my heart, the music business needs. What I have in my heart is needed by all the famous people I've worked with through the years. What I have in my heart is needed by all the young people who turn to rock music in a vain search for an antidote to the pain and despair they feel. What I have in my heart is a living relationship with Jesus Christ."

- Caleb Quaye

Title: A Boy Called Elton
Author: Peter Robinson
Year: 2006
publisher: Popjustice
ISBN: 1-905548-08-7
Country: UK
pages: 44
binding: hardcover
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Elton likes to spend lots of money on flowers and shopping.

Elton is one of the most famous singers in the whole wide world.

This is his story.

Title: Sir Elton John
Author: Bertrand Meyer-Stabley
Year: 2007
publisher: Payot
ISBN: 978-2-228-090173-4
Country: France
pages: 229
binding: softcover
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En Mars 2007, Sir Reginald Kenneth Dwight fête son soixantième anniversaire et ses quarante ans de carrière. Cette nouvelle ne présenterait guère d'intérêt si le sexagénaire en question ne s'appelait, à la scène et pour la postérité, Elton John.

Elton l'excentrique, Elton l'exubérant, dont les facéties et le mauvais goût tapageur ont souvent occulté la véritable personnalité. Derrière le masque en trompe-l'œil s'est longtemps caché un artiste sensible, compositeur fécond et pianiste surdoué. Pourtant, cet homme adulé par des millions de fans ne s'est pas aimé; il a cherché un exutoire dans l'alcool, le sexe et la drogue.

À l'approche de la cinquantaine, Elton John s'offre le luxe d'un repentir sincère : il fait la paix avec lui-même et affiche son homosexualité. Il recontre le grand amour, s'investit dans l'aide aux malades du sida, compose de somptueuses musiques de films et des comédies musicales.

De son premier mariage avec Renate Blauel au second avec David Furnish, de sa belle amitié avec la princesse Diana à sa tendresse pour Gianni Versace, de sa complicité avec John Lennon à ses disputes avec Madonna ou George Michael, voici racontée l'une des plus grandes rock stars de la planète, tantôt docteur Elton, tantôt mister John.

Journaliste et biographe, Bertrand Meyer-Stabley est notamment l'auteur chez Payot d'un remarquable Noureev (2003).

Title: Elton the Biography
Author: David Buckley
Year: 2007
publisher: André Deutsch
ISBN: 978-0-233-00183-8
Country: UK
pages: 416
binding: hardcover
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One of music's true global superstars and most admired figures, Elton John has sold an estimated 200 million albums worldwide to date, and continues to appear regularly in the singles charts, thanks largely to a series of high-profile collaborations with new faces.

But the Queen Mum of Pop is loved as much for his outrageous personality and outspokenness as for his music. He's not afraid of drawing attention to the perceived shortcomings of others, and regularly delivers public admonishment, but he is also the first to recognise his own lapses in judgement.

After all, he is the man who himself admitted that in one of his more comedic cocaine-fuelled moments he phoned his agent 'to tell him to do something about the wind outside my hotel room'. Such shamelessness, and sheer silliness, rival anything uttered by the snotties of punks or the most outrageous of shock-rockers, yet it is so typically Elton John: honest, and wittily intemperate.

Tragedy and heartbreak have played a large part in his life too. Behind the parties, the hedonism, the lavish stage costuming and the silly glasses lies a more sombre story. There have been disputes with managers, legal wranglings, splits and a divorce. Added to that there have been serious health problems, a very public battle with his expanding waistline and receding hairline, addictions and spells when he wanted to quit the business altogether.

But today he's in a stable relationship with civil partner David Furnish. His demons and critical stock is in the ascendancy. With popular acts such as the Scissor Sisters sounding more like Elton than Elton himself, after years in MOR wilderness, Elton and his music are cool again.

Drawing on numerous first-hand interviews with many of his associates and musical collaborators, this page-turning story of high drama and prodigious enduring talent traces Elton's astonishing journey through life as the collosus of camp, while also offering a critical study of his work, and analysing afresh his contribution to popular music.

Title: Eltonography - A Life in Pictures
Author: Terry O'Neill
Year: 2008
publisher: Evans Mitchell Books
ISBN: 978-1901268331
pages: 222
binding: hardcover
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Sir Elton John is undoubtedly one of the biggest rock and roll legends of all time. With more than 250 million albums sold, 100 million singles, an Oscar and five Grammies, he has had one of the most successful and sustained careers in music history. The legendary photographer Terry O'Neill has been there from the moment Reginald Dwight became Elton John recording the meteoric rise of "The Rocket Man".

Eltonography is an amazing collection of nearly 240 photographs from O'Neill's private archive that spans four decades. Mostly unpublished the photographs will trigger memories, amazement and surprise at the breadth of Sir Elton John's Life in Pictures. From his infamous and flamboyant costumes to his lavish lifestyle and unforgettable performances this book really does capture the life and times of one of the greatest names in show business.

What began as a photo-shoot with the new kid on the pop block in the early 70's, developed into a friendship and photographic partnership that has taken them both on a journey to fame. This book is a legacy of that relationship. O'Neill said "You can't help but love Elton. He's a genius, an enigma, a star, possibly one of the greatest of all time".

Title: Pop Rock Elton John
Author: Ethan Schlesinger
Year: 2008
publisher: Mason Crest
ISBN: 978-1-4222-0316-3
pages: 64
binding: softcover
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Who would have thought a short, pudgy guy with glasses who plays the piano would become a rock superstar? Elton John, however, proved he has what it takes to not only conquer the world of rock 'n' roll, but stay on top of it, year after year.

Discover who Elton John is. Learn about his childhood and how as a young adult, he worked his way to fame. Read about his fall into addictions- and his victory over them when he sought help for his problems. Follow Elton as he grieves the deaths of his closest friends- and celebrate his determination to do all he can to end AIDS/HIV. Get to know Elton!

Title: Elton John: The Bitch Is Back
Author: Mark Bego
Year: 2009
publisher: Phoenix Books
ISBN: 978-1-59777-632-5
pages: 375
binding: hardcover
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Here's the book every Elton John fan has been waiting for - full of the scandals, addictions, affairs, and tantrums that underscored the life of one of the world's most original and talented musical artists.

Flamboyant, iconic Elton John is as much a 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 singler/songwriter, Elton was widely acknowledged as the most prolific pop and rock star of the decade by the mid-'70s. 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.

No book ever published inthe U.S. has successfully captured the passion, the outlandishness, and the complexity of Elton John's life, much less his music. With nothing off-limits, Elton John: The Bitch Is Back stands out as a uniquely rich examination of the pop icon's public and private lives.

Title: Gorringes: The Entertainment Sale
Year: 2010
publisher: Gorringes LLP
pages: 88
binding: softcover
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The Entertainment Sale, including The Sheila Farebrother and Bob Halley Collection of Elton John Memorabilia and The John Pearson Kray Twins archive. Tuesday 19th October 2010 6:00 PM. Gorringes, 15 North Street Lewes, Sussex BN7 2PD.
Title: The Illustrated Biography Elton John
Author: Elizabeth Balmer
Year: 2010
publisher: Transatlantic Press
ISBN: 978-1-566490-99-3
pages: 224
binding: softcover
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It is no longer unusual for a pop artist to have a career which spans decades; many great performers who started out in the sixties and seventies stil have that magnetic draw that fills stadiums today, while others who have mastered the art of reinvention manage to attract new, young fans despite the passing of years. For Elton John the truth of his eternal success lies somewhere else. Yes, he still has the ability to fill arenas, singing songs from his "classic period" in the seventies, and yes, his image has changed during the past four decades. But from "Your Song" to "Circle of Life" Elton's appeal runs far deeper and is a reflection of a multi-faceted and polished talent that emerges at a very young age.

From humble beginnings, Elton's precocious talent received a classical training and despite his very ordinary appearance, Elton created an outrageous and energetic stage persona which made him one of the most successful live artists of the seventies. His partnership with Bernie Taupin began with their writing music for other performers and the two went on to become one of the twentieth century's most celebrated songwriting teams. Although the early trappings of fame and success proved too much for Elton, leading to a temporary retirement, he recovered to take his talent in new directions. Elton and Bernie continued to record studio albums but Elton also began writing music for Disney movies and a number of stage musicals, winning awards along the way. He also embarked upon a personal crusade against the killer disease AIDS, establishing a charity foundation which would go on to raise millions.

Elton holds a number of impressive accolades: five Grammys, one Tony, an Oscar, hte best-selling single of all-time, over 250 million records sold, a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a knighthood. The list is long and is a testament not only to Elton's tenacity and his prolific musical output, but also to his universal appeal and ability to emotionally connect through music. The stunning photographs here chronicle all the periods of Elton's life, from the early years of his blossoming career, through the years of addiction, on to his eventual fulfillment, both professional and personal. They recreate the history of the often larger-than-life legend of Sir Elton John.

Title: Elton John The Biography
Author: David Buckley
Year: 2010
publisher: André Deutch
ISBN: 978-0-233-00284-2
Country: UK
pages: 432
binding: softcover
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One of music's true global superstars and most admired figures, Elton John has sold over an estimated 200 million albums worldwide to date, but is loved as much for his outrageous personality and witty outspokenness as for his music. Drawing on many new first-hand interviews with his associates and musical collaborators, alongside exhaustive secondary research, this updated edition tells a page-turning story of high drama and prodigious enduring talent, and offers a new perspective on this extraordinary man.
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