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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: 2019
publisher: Andre Deutsch
ISBN: 978-0-233-00551-5
pages: 432
binding: softcover
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A truly global superstar, Elton John is one of the most commercially successful artists of all time. His 300-date Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour is further testament to his enormous worldwide popularity, and he is loved for his outrageous personality and witty outspokeness as well as for his nusic, and is widely respected for his dedication to charity work and LGBT activism.

Drawing on many first-hand interviews with his close associates and music collaborators, this is a page-turning entertaining story. It provides a fascinating and revealing portrait of on e of the most admired pop artists ever, and offers a new perspective on an extraordinary man whose influence is felt around the world.

Title: Rocketman: Inside The World of the Movie
Author: unknown
Year: 2019
publisher: Weldon Owen
ISBN: 1681884798
pages: 160
binding: hardcover
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This is the official book of the epic musical fantasy from Paramount Pictures, Marv Films and Rocket Pictures.

Dive into this brilliant behind-the-scenes celebration of the creative oyssey tha brought Elton John's colorful breakthrough years to life on screen.

This is the perfect companion to the dazzling visual masterpiece that is Rocketman, and features exclusive interviews and images from the production and the movie, and extensive insights into the locations, choreography, costumes, sets and - of course - the music.

Title: Elton John This One's For You
Author: Carolyn McHugh
Year: 2019
publisher: Danann Books
ISBN: 978-1-912332-46-5
pages: 105
binding: hardcover
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Sir Elton John is a singer/songwriter/performer extraordinaire, selling over 300 million records during a glittering international career spanning five decades.

Born Reg Dwight in the post-war suburb of Pinner, then working as a jobbing pianist in 1960's London, he seemed an unlikely candidate to break out and achieve international acclaim. Yet his exceptional musical talent, outrageous showmanship and incredible capacity for hard work combined to propel him into the pop stratosphere in America and the UK - and he has barely been out of the headlines ever since.

His monster back catalogue of gold and platinum-selling recordings includes fan favourites Your Song, Rcoket Man, I'm Still Standing and of course the world's best-selling single of all-time, Candle in the Wind which he sang at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.

His move into composing for musical theatre, particularly The Lion King and Billy Elliot added a further string to his bow winning him an Oscar and a Tony to add to the Grammy, Brit and Ivor Novello awards given in recognition of his extraordinary talent.

Flamboyant and extravagant, Sir Elton has done it all - broken the mould, topped the charts, chaired a football club, created an AIDS charity and maintained a unique and enduring partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin.

Now happily married and settled with two children, he is retiring from touring. As he bids farewell to life on the road, this lavishly illustrated book pays tribute to Sir Elton John - the most successful male solo artist of all time...

Title: Elton John FAQ
Author: Donald Gibson
Year: 2019
publisher: Backbeat Books
ISBN: 978-1-61713-650-4
pages: 330
binding: paperback
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In a career spanning five decades, Elton John has sold over 250 million records worldwide and has appeared in nearly 4,000 live performances. Inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award-winning singer-songwriter is the most successful solo artist Great Britain has ever produced and the third most successful artist overall in American music history (behind only Elvis Presley and the Beatles).

Elton John FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Rocket Man chronicles the music legend's entire career to date. Beginning with his humble, and at times disheartening, childhood in the North London suburb of Pinner, readers are privy to the serendipitous meeting between John and lyricist Bernie Taupin, with whom he'd form a songwriting partnership that would ultimately rank alongside Lennon and McCartney in its success.

Investigating the highs and lows throughout each of John's musical phases and sartorial changes, the book underscores not only the talent behind the legend but the unvarnished truth behind tales that are familiar only to diehard fans.

Title: Elton John On Track
Author: Peter Kearns
Year: 2019
publisher: Sonicbond Publishing
ISBN: 978-1789520347
pages: 144
binding: paperback
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In 1970, Elton John, formerly Reginald Kenneth Dwight, stepped from the obscurity of suburban Pinner, Middlesex, England, into a pop culture reeling from post-Beatles fallout, to become one of the biggest-selling recording artists in the world. To date he has sold over 300 million records from a discography of 30 studio albums, four live albums, over 100 singles, and a multitude of compilations, soundtracks and collaborations. He is the recipient of six Grammys and ten Ivor Novello awards, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1995 and knighted in 1998. In 2018 he embarked on what is intended to be his swansong world tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road. This book covers the period from Elton's earliest 1960s releases to his final 1970s album, Victim of Love. It is a critical overview of every track on the thirteen studio albums released in an era when Elton was at his most successful and that many fans consider to be the musical high-point of his career. Also included are the two live albums 17-11-70 and Here and There, and the trove of album-worthy B-sides that augmented the discography along the way.
Title: Elton John The Definitive Portrait With Unseen Images
Author: Terry O'Neill
Year: 2019
publisher: Cassell
ISBN: 978-1788401487
pages: 256
binding: hardcover
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Elton John and iconic photographer Terry O'Neill worked together for many years, taking in excess of 5,000 photographs. From intimate backstage shots to huge stadium concerts, the photographs in this book represent the very best of this archive, with most of the images being shown here for the first time.

O'Neill has drawn on his personal relationship with Elton John to write the book's introduction and captions.

Title: Elton John: Rocket Man
Author: Chris Roberts
Year: 2019
publisher: Sterling
ISBN: 978-1454934523
pages: 240
binding: hardcover
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One of the most prolific and commercially successful, and beloved, musical artists of all time, Elton John has won six Grammy Awards and sold more than 300 million records during a career spanning over half a century: his Candle In the Wind 1997 remains the bestselling single in history. Just in time for his farewell world tour, this lavish, unofficial retrospective commemorates John’s incredible life and career. Fully illustrated throughout, with rare archival memorabilia and previously unpublished photographs, this book covers everything from his childhood as a piano prodigy in the London suburb of Pinner through his early days playing West End gigs and his fortuitous meeting—and subsequent lifelong partnership—with lyricist Bernie Taupin and the song that started it all, “Your Song,” to John’s meteoric rise to stardom, his challenges along the way, and his tireless work for various charities, including the Elton John AIDS Foundation. This is the ultimate keepsake for all Elton John fans.
Title: Elton John Fifty Years On
Author: Stephen Spignesi and Michael Lewis
Year: 2019
publisher: Post Hill Press
ISBN: 978-1642933277
pages: 272
binding: paperback
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Elton John is as big as they come…

the albums • the songs • the concerts • the musicals • the charities • the accolades • the costumes • the glasses • the music!

We can count on one hand the musical legends equal to Elton John (the Beatles and the Rolling Stones each get a finger).

Elton John: Fifty Years On looks at the impact songwriting partners Elton John and Bernie Taupin have had on popular music and culture, and also discusses every song on all thirty albums, plus his work on Broadway, in movies, and elsewhere.

Part 1 is a collection of essays and interviews with musicians and music writers chatting about Elton and Bernie.

Part 2 is a bullet-pointed look at every released song, complete with insights, trivia, and meanings, including musical insights—like Elton’s favorite chord progressions, or the most notable melodies in his discography.

Did you know?

Elton and Bernie’s revision of “Candle in the Wind” (known as “Goodbye England’s Rose”), a tribute to Princess Diana after her untimely death, is the biggest-selling single in the UK and the second-biggest selling single in music history (after Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”).

“Tiny Dancer” may or may not be about Bernie Taupin’s wife, Maxine... quotes from Elton and Bernie contradict each other.

The biggest music stars in the world routinely show up at Elton John concerts to sing duets with the Rocket Man, including Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, George Michael, Bruce Hornsby, Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige, Bryan Adams, Demi Lovato, Shawn Mendes, and many more, as well as Elton’s legendary “dual” shows with Billy Joel!

The background vocals for the song “White Powder White Lady” on the 21 at 33 album are sung by the Eagles.

The background vocals for the song “Cage the Songbird” on the Blue Moves album are sung by Graham Nash and David Crosby. (Stephen Stills must have been busy?)

Elton John: Fifty Years On was written for ultimate Elton John fans. A browsing book, a reading book, a treasure trove of facts, trivia, insights, and commentary, it’s the perfect companion to Elton leaving the Yellow Brick Road.

Title: Me: The Official Autobiography
Author: Elton John
Year: 2019
publisher: Henry Hold and Co.
ISBN: 978-1250147608
pages: 384
binding: hardcover
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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 performing his first gig in America, facing an astonished audience in his bright yellow dungarees, a star-spangled T-shirt, and boots with wings. 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 Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation to conquering Broadway with Aida, The Lion King, and Billy Elliot the Musical. 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.

Title: Music Memorabilia Featuring the Greatest Hits of Elton John
Year: 2019
pages: 87
binding: softcover
A catalog for music memorabilia lots to be auctioned off in Los Angeles Decemver 9, 2019. Several of the items are from the personal collection of Maxine Taupin, Bernie Taupin's ex-wife who has provided original handwritten lyrics to several classic songs.
Title: Rocket Man
Author: Mark Bego
Year: 2020
publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 978-1643133133
pages: 400
binding: hardcover
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The colorful and kaleioscopic life of one of the world's most original and talented musical artists.

Here's the book every pop music lover has been waiting for - full of the scandals, addictions, affairs, and tantrums that highlight the life of arguably the world's greatest pop musician. Flamboyang, iconic Elton John is as much 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 singer/songwriter, Elton was widely acknowledged as the most prolific pop and rock star of the decade by the mid-1970s. 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. From his heartfelt ballads like "Tiny Dancer" and "Your Song" to his rock & roll hits including "Bennie and the Jets" and "Crocodile Rock," Elton has lived one of the most outrageous and colorful lives in show business.

Having met the "Rocket Man" for hte first time in the 1980s, Bego has drawn upon his personal observations and vast research, and has been able to interview dozens of Elton's collaborators and lifelong friends to produce the ultimate story on the amazing and larger-than-life Elton John

Title: Little People, Big Dreams: Elton John
Author: Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Year: 2020
publisher: Frances Lincoln
ISBN: 9780711-258402
pages: 30
binding: hardcover
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In this momentous 50th book in the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Elton John, the piano wizard who rocketed to stardom with his music.

As a child, Elton started playing his grandmother's piano in Harrow, London. He could pick tunes out by ear and was soon attending lessons at the Royal Academy. After answering an advertisement in a newspaper, Elton teamed up with a lyric-writing buddy: Bernie Taupin. The rest was history. Elton's songwriting talent, musical skill, and dazzling outfits have made him one of the all-time greats. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the musician's life.

Little People, BIG DREAMS is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.

Title: Elton John
Author: Eric Smets
Year: 2021
publisher: Camion Blanc
ISBN: 9782378482954
pages: 275
binding: softcover
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Suite à la sortie du film Rocket Man, approuvé par le principal intéressé, ainsi que la publication de son autobiographie Moi, Elton John, il semblait tout à fait inutile de vouloir revenir, de quelque manière que ce soit, sur l'histoire personnelle de cet incroyable musicien car, qui mieux que lui pouvait nous en dire plus sur sa vie et ce qu'il a traversé. Nulle envie non plus de revenir sur ses frasques, ses excès, sa vie sentimentale ou ses délires de rock star. De nombreux tabloïdes s'en sont chargés et l'on y fait largement allusion dans presque tous les livres écrits sur lui depuis le milieu des 70's.

Non, dans ce livre qui se concentre sur les années 70, nous allons tenter d'aller à la rencontre de l'artiste qui se cachait derrière ses incroyables lunettes ou ses tenues de scène excentriques. Qui se soucie encore aujourd'hui des costumes de Léonard de Vinci, de la vie familiale de Jean-Jacques Rousseau ou de la sexualité d'Arthur Rimbaud? On ne s'intéresse heureusement plus maintenant qu'à leurs oeuvres. Alors pourquoi ne pas essayer de jeter un regard en arrière nouveau sur le parcours artistique de ce musicien d'exception qui aura cumulé toute une série de réussites commerciales durant toutes les 70's, devenant l'équivalant pour cette décennie de ce qu'avaient été les Beatles lors de la précédente.

Ce retour en arrière, où l'on ne parlera pratiquement que de musique, va peut-être vous permettre de redécouvrir un musicien doté d'un talent de mélodiste pour le moins hors du commun mais surtout toute une série de disques dont certains (Honky Château, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy) ont profondément marqués la décennie en ce qui concerne ce que l'on appelle maintenant le Classic Rock. Car oui, Elton John est bel et bien un artiste appartenant initialement au monde du Rock. Ce n'est qu'après les 70's qu'il va tout doucement glisser vers le monde de la Pop, tout en gardant toujours présents ses premières amours pour les pionniers du Rock'n'Roll et tous ces musiciens dont il avait collectionné les disques durant son enfance...

Ce livre est également l'occasion de lever une partie du voile sur le mode de fonctionnement du music business à la fin des années 60 et de constater que cet artiste solo a été, en fait, toujours accompagné par presque le même groupe de personnes (musiciens, producteurs, ingénieurs du son, managers, etc.) depuis ses débuts. Une fidélité rare dans le métier...

Mais, encore une fois, cet ouvrage n'est en réalité qu'une excuse pour se replonger dans l'histoire du Rock et s'amuser à l'observer par le petit bout de la lorgnette ou plutôt à travers les loufoques lunettes d'Elton John!

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