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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
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.
Title: Elton John
Author: Loïc Picaud
Year: 2011
publisher: Editions Des Etoiles
ISBN: 978-2-36083-022-0
Country: France
pages: 186
binding: softcover
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Elton John (Reginald Kenneth Dwight pour l'état civil) compositeur, chanteur est l'un des plus grands mélodistes du XX eme siècle.

Il a vendi 350 millions de disques en 40 ans de carrière. C'est avec l'album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (qui contient notamment Candle In The Wind qu'il devient l'un des géants de la pop. Les succès s'enchaînent: I'm Still Standing, Candle In The Wind (reprise pour Diana), Crocodile Rock, I Want Love etc...

2010 voit son grand retour avec l'album The Union qu'il réalise avec Leon Russell. En 2011 it compose la musique de Gnomeo et Juliette, film d'animation qui connaît un grand succès.

Sir Elton John marque également son temps par ses frasques, déguisements, scandales. Il s'est marié récemment avec son ami de 12 ans, David Furnish. Dans la foulée et grace à une mère porteuse, il devient papa d'un petit Zachary dont la marraine sera Lady Gaga.

Title: Love Is The Cure
Author: Elton John
Year: 2012
publisher: Little Brown
ISBN: 978-0-316-21990-7
pages: 243
binding: hardcover
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In the 1980s, Elton John saw friend after friend, loved one after loved one, perish needlessly from AIDS. In the midst of the plague, he befriended Ryan White, a young Indiana boy ostracized by his town and his school because of the HIV infection he had contracted from a blood transfusion. Ryan's inspiring life and devastating death led Elton to two realizations: His own life was a mess. And he had to do something to help stop the AIDS crisis.

Since then, Elton has dedicated himself to overcoming the plague and the stigma of AIDS. He has done this through the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised and donated $275 million to date to fighting the disease worldwide. Love Is The Cure is Elton's personal account of his life during the AIDS epidemic, including stories of his close friendships with Ryan White, Freddie Mercury, Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, and others, and the story of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. With powerful conviction and emotional force, Elton conveys the personal toll AIDS has taken on his life - and his infinite determination to stop its spread.

Elton writes, "This is a disease that must be cured not by a miraculous vaccine, but by changing hearts and minds, and through a collective effort to break down social barriers and to build bridges of compassion. Why are we not doing more? This is a question I have thought deeply about, and wish to answer - and help to change - by writing this book."

Title: Tin Pan Alley: The Rise Of Elton John
Author: Keith Hayward
Year: 2013
publisher: Soundcheck Books
ISBN: 978-0-9571442-0-0
pages: 214
binding: softcover
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This unique book tells the story of two stars. One is Sir Elton John and his career up to the breakthrough gigs at the LA Troubadour in 1970. The other is Tin Pan Alley itself.

Denmark Street, an unprepossessing road in London's West End, was home to Britain's music publishing industry. A world filled with sharp, but often surprisingly generous, publishers, hustling songwriters and a host of colourful characters. Elton John and Bernie Taupin cut their teeth here before success came knocking.

1960s and 1970s music historian Keith Hayward seamlessly weaves these two worlds together by interviewing ex-band mates such as Caleb Quaye and Roger Pope; Bernie's brother Tony Taupin; former manager Ray Williams; lyricist Gary Osborne and Bill Martin; music publisher Stephen James and many, many more. In sharing their memories of Sir Elton, they also shed light on a lost musical world.

Music business journalist Nigel Hunter, who worked in 'The Alley', provides an evocative preface and afterword. This beautiful book jacket hsa been created by David Larkham, who designed many of Sir Elton's album sleeves.

With never-before-seen photos, Tin Pan Alley The Rise Of Elton John is the first book to focus solely on his formative years. It is a must for Sir Elton's army of fans and anyone interested in music history.

A limited hardcover edition was also printed: ISBN 978-0-9575700-0-9.

Title: Elton John: From Tin Pan Alley To the Yellow Brick Road
Author: Keith Hayward
Year: 2015
publisher: Wymer UK
ISBN: 190872451X
pages: 266
binding: paperback
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From Tin Pan Alley To The Yellow Brick Road is author Keith Hayward's sequel to the critically acclaimed Tin Pan Alley: The Rise of Elton John. It continues Elton John's story from hte start of his solo career and his breakthrough with 'Your Song' to the end of the seventies. A time where Elton achieved unparalleled success, but at a price. Personal relationships and the physical exhaustion of being one of the most in demand performers in the world are documented alongside the sometimes ruthless busienss side of the music world.

With contributions from many people who played a big part in Elton's success, including hos manager John Reid, David Larkham (cover designer), Stuart Epps, Steve James, Kenny Passarelli, Roger Pope (whom the author managed) and Kiki Dee. This is a journey through the music business - from the mid sixties through to the end of seventies - as seen through Elton's career.

Complete with a comprehensive gig list that has been painstakingly researched to include gigs as far back as 1966, From Tin Pan Alley To The Yellow Brick Road is a thought provoking and engaging read that places Elton John's success within the context of the multi-faceted and sometimes complex world of the music business.

Title: Two Days That Rocked The World
Year: 2015
publisher: Antique Collectors Club
ISBN: 978-1-85149-806-2
pages: 144
binding: hardcover
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A photography collection from Terry O'Neill that chronicles Elton John's famous concerts over two days at Dodgers Stadium 40 years earlier in October 1975.
Title: Who Is Elton John?
Year: 2016
publisher: Grosset and Dunlap
ISBN: 0448488469
pages: 105
binding: paperback
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A biography from the "Who Is" series written for young readers. Who is Elton John? A young boy named Reginald Kenneth Dwight who loved playing piano. A world-famous pop star known for his flashy outfits and giant glasses. An awward-winning musician who has written songs for Broadway and Hollywood.
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