Reviewed by Anne Defazio
Branch Manager, Mountain View/Beckwourth Branch Library
San Diego Union-Tribune, October 11, 2020
Lovers of Rock and Roll history will enjoy Elton John’s autobiography. Candidly, he narrates from his humble beginnings, his entry into music, and his rise to fame. Songwriting seems to come easily, and he credits his lifelong friendship with co-collaborator, Bernie Taupin, a poet, who provided many lyrics. He doesn’t leave out details of his sexual journey or his addictions (cocaine, alcohol, and food), or his struggles with his unpredictable mother and his angry biological father. John has enjoyed a glamorous life as a performer, songwriter, humanitarian, collector, and sports team owner. The book ends happily as he describes his life today as something he could never have predicted: As a happy (despite some serious health issues), married, family man and father of two, that gives him profound joy. Also interesting was the mention of various music industry notables and their influences.