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Me | Elton John
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In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, which is also the subject of the upcoming film Rocketman. The result is Me - the joyously funny, honest and moving story of the most enduringly successful singer/songwriter of all time. 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 on his first tour of America, facing an astonished audience in his tight silver hotpants, bare legs and a T-shirt with ROCK AND ROLL emblazoned across it in sequins. 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 the Queen; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation. 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. This is a story that will stay with you, by a living legend.
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Deblovestoread
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#WondrousWednesday

1. Finished the tagged book on audio today.

2. I tried The Wordy Traveler a while ago and wasn‘t impressed but I will be keeping an eye on other‘s suggestions.

3. I, too, have a basket of books for all ages at Christmas. My latest favorite is Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson. My two new books for this year are The Way Past Winter and Fifty Words for Snow.

Bookwormjillk Christmas Days is so good. You reminded me I should re-read it this year. 3mo
Eggs Great books/suggestions 💙❄️💙 3mo
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Awk_Word_Smith
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Book Mail! Really excited to read this. Thanks, MacMillan Publishing.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Late in the day #pridebookrec #nonfiction week
Today's pick is a fascinating memoir from one of the most famous Gays out there. The man behind my absolute favorite song Tiny Dancer. Me takes you through John's childhood and all the way through him becoming a parent himself. He talks about the music and the destruction fame can bring about. This is very well done.

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Madison91
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Dying over the name drops and the tantrums, amazing and funny

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JennM1
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Book 1 of 2022: So many stories, such a long and over the top career! The audiobook was very enjoyable!

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xicanti
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August stats! I‘m SO FRICKIN EXCITED I found three 5-star reads last month: ONE LAST STOP by Casey McQuiston, ROLE MODEL, by Rachel Reid, and the tagged book, which was the BEST surprise of the summer.

And hey, look at that TBR reduction! I‘m only nine books away from my 20-or-less goal. I might not hit it in September, seeing as how I‘ve got some rereads and library books in the pipeline, but it‘s definitely gonna happen in October.

ShyBookOwl 43 books in one month!!! You are living your best life! Amazing. 1y
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xicanti
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HOLY CRAP, friends. I picked this up more or less at random and it blew. me. away. I knew Elton John threw a lot of tantrums and spent a lot of money. I had no idea he was so entertaining, genuine, and ready to own his mistakes. This book was a giant pile of fun with real emotion liberally mixed in. It‘s my surprise hit of the summer.

5 stars

RebL It‘s one of my top celebrity memoirs too! 1y
xicanti @RebL I‘m amazed at how much I loved it! 1y
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xicanti
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I thought the moonblush tomatoes I made last night would be great in scones, so I did some early #audiobaking. I was right. These are incredible.

As is this book. I borrowed it mostly because it was available and I‘m trying to offset the large number of American-authored books left on La TBR, but it‘s blown me away. I‘m obsessed with it. Elton John‘s a lot more than a temper tantrum machine, which is how young me always saw him.

alisiakae Those look delicious! Can you share the recipe? 1y
xicanti @4thhouseontheleft I made it up, so there‘s no link! I blended 3 cups of flour with 1 tsp dried basil and 1 tbsp baking powder, then cut in 1/2 cup cold butter. Once everything was properly nubbly, I mixed in 3/4 cup of milk, 2 beaten eggs, and about 3/4 cup of moonblush tomatoes. (The recipe for THOSE came from Nigella Lawson‘s website.) I formed the dough into two discs, cut them into wedges, and baked them at 375°F for about 28 minutes. 1y
xicanti @4thhouseontheleft oh, and I forgot to list the 1/2 tap of salt in with the dry ingredients. 1y
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xicanti @4thhouseontheleft argh; I also forgot to list the roughly 1/4 cup of fresh-grated Parmesan I blended in right before I added the wet ingredients. 1y
Kimberlone Wow those look amazing! I‘ve never seen tomato scones. Sounds delicious 🤤 1y
xicanti @Kimberlone I‘ve eaten sundried tomato bread before, and these roasted tomatoes taste similar enough that I thought they‘d be a good substitute. And they were! 1y
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Trace
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Very honest and focuses on the music and song writing.

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ElizaMarie
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Thank you so much @Mrs_B for this lovely coffee table book! I am super excited to read it but.. I think my husband is even more excited to read it! You are so thoughtful!!!

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Eggbeater
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The book was peppered with a lot of name dropping of celebrities and that part didn't interest me. BUT. I did like the parts about who Elton John/ Reg Dwight really was, his upbringing, relationships, and struggle with cocaine and alcohol addiction. The book really turns a corner when he starts talking about his recovery and AIDS Foundation work. I found myself really enjoying it and I was never really a pop fan.

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dearb00kshelves
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This book does not shy away from showing John in a less than flattering light. From his temper to his eating disorder to his drug abuse. I also appreciate John acknowledging the roots of the music he became famous for. He celebrates Black artists he played with and looked up to. Many stories about rock and pop music conveniently don‘t talk about Black people who pioneered the genre. Hearing John talk about Black pioneers in music was refreshing.

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nanuska_153
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"You can't travel" -they said, "I traveled to 50 different places" - I said. Goodbye 2020, you weren't that bad after all

KVanRead 👏👏👏 2y
Graywacke Awesome picture! 2y
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TheEllieMo
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It surprised me how much I enjoyed this self-deprecating memoir from Elton John.

#12Booksof2020 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Looks good. 2y
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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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Giving this book another go & I'm following along nicely, really enjoying it this time. I think I was in a different state of mind when I began it a few months ago & felt confused a 3rd way in.
Anyway, loving it right now, it's engaging & funny & the perfect accompaniment to driving to my jobs, which have picked up recently. It makes me want to play his music as he is talking about when he was writing a lot of the songs we all now know so well.

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OriginalCyn620
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I had to get a bit creative with #silver! #12coloursofdecember #merryreaders #wintergames2020 10+1=11pts

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SamAnne
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Not a big celebrity memoir fan but this one ain‘t bad. #TodayILearned that the singer that singularly blew Elton away when he first heard him as a kid was Elvis Presley. His mom brought the record home. #NFN2020. @rsteve388 @Clwojick

CindiB I liked it. Rarely read celebrity bios, but he is so much more than just a celebrity. His song writing, his philanthropy, his thoughtfulness, and past outrageousness were all a draw. Loved the stories of the one-up man ship with him and Rod Stewart. 2y
SamAnne @CindiB so agree! 2y
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Chelsey_5
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It‘s open day!! #litsylovefallswap this is one of the best swaps I have ever received! 🙌🏼 @CaliforniaCay those coasters are amazing. I‘ve also been wanting to get a book sleeve. Let‘s not forget both Elton John and Jessica Simpson‘s books! Love, Love, Love!!

CaliforniaCay Glad you like it! Enjoy 🤗 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome 👏🏻📚❤️ 2y
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Vansa
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#3books with one word titles
I'm so behind my 3 books posts! And I loved these prompts.
Me was an absolutely delightful sparkling read! Great companion read to Rocketman which was one of my favourite movies.
Queenie was a harrowing, and also ultimately hopeful book and I loved its emphasis on female friendship.
David Nicholls is one of my favourite writers! Us was a lot more melancholy than his other books.

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Macnjen
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Great audiobook of Elton John's life, narrated by Taron Edgerton (who played him in the biopic, “Rocketman“. #litsyAtoZchallenge for 2020, letter “J“. @bookishmarginalia

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twinkletoes74
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This book was amazing. I have a new found respect for Elton John.

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Coleen
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Loads of info packed into this autobiography, but I wouldn‘t expect less from someone who‘s one of the biggest musicians of all time. I felt this was very candid, and Elton doesn‘t hold back with some of his opinions of other celebrities. He‘s certainly experienced a lot, both good and bad.

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FantasyChick
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#ReadYourSign prompt:

♌ Character that is proud, bold or ambitious. If that doesn't scream EJ, I don't know what does

I really wanted the #audiobook for this because, well who doesn't want Taron Egerton talking to you for hours on end 😍. I wasn't disappointed. Elton John has to be one of the most interesting people in the world and I loved this in-depth look into his life.

I want to watch Rocketman now

@Clwojick @Meaw_catlady

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I love Taron Egerton! He totally won me over in Kingsmen. I might see if I can get the audiobook through my library when it opens back up. 3y
Clwojick Another one that‘s been on my TBR for a while! Glad you enjoyed it! 3y
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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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A funny thing....
I was walking back to the car after school drop off this morning, reading Me by Elton John when Tiny Dancer began playing on the school loud speakers.
Nice!

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Mrs_B
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I laughed and cried in equal measures. A very honest autobiography that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to. Elton clearly has a wicked sense of humour - my favourite parts were when he was playing pranks on Rod Stewart.
I didn‘t particularly think of myself as an Elton John fan - but will be listening to his music now with a new appreciation.

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Mrs_B
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I am just over halfway through this audiobook which has been keeping me company while I‘ve done chores. It‘s a fascinating insight into Elton John‘s life - some of the stories have had me laughing out loud. Looking forward to finishing the rest over next week.

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squirrelbrain
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#bookreport

Well, that‘s almost unheard of, for me.... only 1 book (tagged) finished this week. I loved it though!

I have been a little bit slumpy this week and I think that there was even one day where I didn‘t read a single word - just watched telly...However, I‘ve also made further inroads into the chunkster that is The Eighth Life, and read exactly 50% of the other chunkster that is The Mirror and the Light.

rockpools That‘s extreme chunkstering, Helen! 3y
squirrelbrain I know @RachelO, and my #bookspin book is also a chunkster - aargh! 🤦‍♀️ 3y
rockpools @squirrelbrain Can I recommend some picture books? I‘m pretending I‘m working through the Birth and Beond challenge, but actually I‘m just making sure I finish SOMETHING each week!! 3y
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squirrelbrain Hhhmmm maybe I should @rachelo! There are a couple of kids books that have left in my lockdown library outside so I could read them....(and just had to dash outside and rescue it as it‘s suddenly pouring down!) 3y
TrishB The slump goes up and down! I‘ve just started a chunkster too. Just trying to stay focused is an effort sometimes. 3y
squirrelbrain Exactly @TrishB - we just need to stay calm and carry on reading when we can! Maybe I should page-count like you instead - I might be on nearly a million with these chunksters! 3y
TrishB That always make me feel a bit better! You probably would be. One week I read 12000 pages but only 2 books. When that‘s probably 4 or 5 of normal size. Calm is the right thing - read when you can 😘 3y
Cinfhen I loved ME!!! And conquering 2 chunksters is really ambitious and impressive 🙌🏻 3y
Centique I think you‘re doing a lot of reading! Those chunksters take some serious time 🙌 I also have some chunksters to read and I can feel like I‘m not accomplishing much when they take weeks to finish - the page count idea is a good one. 😍 3y
squirrelbrain Thanks @Centique! I‘m going to give The Eighth Life a big push today and at least try to get it finished soon..... 3y
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Scochrane26
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I finally finished this audiobook, thanks to #audiopuzzling . I had to find a way to get audio time in because I haven‘t been driving (I went at least a month before getting gas today) and walking (due to weather). I‘ve never been a fan of Elton John, but this book is very interesting. I wanted to read it because he is an iconic musician, & i thought his life had to be full of adventure. I enjoyed the humor & heartfelt stories.

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I'm really glad I read this book. I've always been a fan of Elton John's music but on a personal level thought him something of a twat. This book shows that he will be the first to admit that his behaviour at times has been unacceptable and explores the reasons why without relinquishing responsibility. This book is raw, honest and respectful and the ghostwriter (Alexis Petridis) did a beautiful job of telling Elton John's story.

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Tracey3
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I grew up listening to Elton John. He was one of my dad‘s favorites. I have fond memories of hearing the “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” album blaring through our house and out the windows of our Philadelphia row home. I was luckily enough to see Elton John in I his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour which occurred, oddly enough, not long after my dad passed. In his autobiography, Elton is eccentric as always and very candid about his life.

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I've always been fond of Elton John's music growing up as a kid, but never really knew who was was except for what was always on the tabloids. After watching his amazing biopic, Rocketman I thought I knew enough. Well, when I saw the audio book was available, I had to pick it up. It was just as good and really goes into detail of the biopic and even further in his life. I highly recommend given the audio book a listen too. 4 out of 5.

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I was completely entranced by this book. Elton‘s words with Taron‘s narration was the perfect mix. What an outrageous and wonderful life he has had as well as the lives he has touched with his music.

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AnneCecilie
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WOW 🤩 What a man and what a life he has lived until now.

This book had my crying which to be honest doesn‘t take much. More importantly it had me laughing at loud on more than one occasion and that hardly happens, and I don‘t think I could name a handful of books that has had me laughing.

This is a book I will remember

Megabooks His shopping habits alone!! Crazy!! 3y
JaneyWaneyB I'm looking forward to reading Elton's book, it is next on my list. Good to hear a recommendation 😊 3y
Erofan Totally agree 👍 3y
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AnneCecilie
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I love Elton John‘s writing and the way he sees himself

Cinfhen ME TOOOOOOOO 3y
sheshedbooks 😂 good point, sir 3y
Coleen 🤣🤣🤣 3y
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AnneCecilie
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For the encore, Bob had made me a Donald Duck costume. It was a fantastic idea in theory, but the practicalities of it left a little to be desired. First of all, I couldn‘t get the bloody thing on properly. I was backstage, with one arm through the leg hole and my leg through the arm, crying with laughter […] When I eventually got onstage it struck me that I should probably have had some kind of dress rehearsal to see how the outfit might work.

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AnneCecilie
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Elton John certainly knows how to make new friends 😉

Buechersuechtling It‘s so funny that you post all the passages I myself remember and kind of like(d) the most myself. Maybe I would have posted them too, but you know posting quotes of an audiobook is quite a tricky thing. But it‘s gorgeous that you do‼️ Thank you. 🙇🏽‍♀️ that way, it‘s like a re-read for me. 3y
AnneCecilie @Buechersuechtling I‘m so happy you like those quotes as well. He just tells the most amazing stories so I might post more. That‘s what I found out about audio too. 3y
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AnneCecilie
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Apparently we have completely different shopping budgets

TheBookHippie 🤣🤣🤣🤣 3y
Cosmos_Moon Awesome!... so three day cocaine binge anyone? 3y
Cosmos_Moon ... only kidding, of course! 3y
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Buechersuechtling That‘s one of my favourite paragraphs. An anecdote that forever will be linked with Elton John now. 3y
rockpools Makes the odd ‘what even IS that?‘ kindle book seem totally fine! 3y
Curiouser_and_curiouser Omg! If I had Elton John's budget, I too would buy a tram, and it wouldn't have to be shipped by helicopter either, just wheeled one street from the tracks to my house, lol!! 3y
Curiouser_and_curiouser I just love trams! He's got great taste, even when on cocaine 😄 3y
AnneCecilie @Cosmos_Moon I‘m passing on the cocaine too, but I wouldn‘t mind his shopping budget. (edited) 3y
AnneCecilie @Buechersuechtling I have a feeling that this is one of the stories I‘ll remember from the book too. But he does have a way of telling his story that makes a lot of things funny. 3y
AnneCecilie @RachelO It doesn‘t make our book buys so bad. It‘s all about seeing those in the right light 😉 3y
AnneCecilie @Curiouser_and_curiouser I wouldn‘t spend my money on tramps. I guess we all have different things we love and will spend money on 3y
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Fun!!!

HOTPock3tt I adored this audiobook! 3y
Julsmarshall I loved it too! 3y
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AnneCecilie
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I guess it‘s important to see things in the right perspective

Buechersuechtling If you liked that paragraph/part I‘m pretty sure you will enjoy the book because I felt that‘s the tune it will continue in. During reading your quote again needed to grin again. 😁 3y
AnneCecilie @Buechersuechtling there‘s been a lot of quotable moments already. That sounds good 3y
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limada
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Choosing to distance myself from social media a little and focus more on Me. Too much Facebook/Twitter news is increasing my anxiety.

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Spanning the full life of the rock legend up to 2019, this autobiography starts off slow, but soon falls into a good rhythm with lots of acerbic wit, great humor, & extremely candid storytelling. A great view into both his professional & private lives, including both highs & lows. Interesting, entertaining, eye opening, amazing, & wonderful. Also at times gut wrenching & heartbreaking. A very full & eventful life told in the perfect voice.

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You can work as hard as you like, and plan as carefully as you want, but there are moments when it‘s just about a hunch, about trusting your instincts, or about fate.

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bodacioustchr
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I loved this book. 5 stars. Wonderful anecdotes about other musicians and hearing his take on his life was fascinating. Highly recommend.

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The audiobook is read by the actor who played Elton in the movie. It‘s very charming.

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TheEllieMo
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I‘m not usually much of a memoir reader, but read both of these at the back end of last year. It was interesting to compare and contrast. Elton‘s felt much more open and honest, whereas I came away feeling that Moore is holding something back, she doesn‘t come across as being comfortable with herself.

#MondayMemoir #MagnificentMarch

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 I loved Elton‘s too! ❤️ 3y
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OriginalCyn620
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I loved all these! 💚

#memoirmonday
#magnificentmarch

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Julsmarshall
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So good! A bit long in spots, (cocaine, sex, cocaine, addiction) but ultimately enjoyable and engaging. What a life he has led! Fun on audio too as the narrator is the actor who plays him in the movie, Tarim Edgerton, is fantastic! When he starts doing the voices of John Lennon and Freddie Mercury? So good! With so many Hollywood and LA elements/stories, I‘m using this for my #Booked2020 #SetinHollywood challenge.

Suet624 👍👍👍 3y
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