Author: Rosenthal, Elizabeth J.
Published by Watson-Guptill Publications
538 pages, hardcover
includes discography through "Songs From The West Coast"
Few artists in the music world have achieved the phenominal success of Elton John. From his self-titled debut album in 1970 to his 1995 Academy Award for "Can You Feel The Love Tonight," to a 2000 Tony Award for his score for the Broadway hit Aida, he has been lauded for both his recordings and his extravagant live performances. A musicican whose popularity spans generations, Elton John has had a song in the U.S. Top 40 every year for thirty straight years - more than any other performer, including Elvis.
Comprehensive, engaging, and full of fascinating anecdotes, His Song is the definitive volume about this remarkable artist. Author Elizabeth J. Rosenthal reveals the full stories behind all of Elton's recordings; offers a complete chronicle of his concert tours, including his 1979 tour of the Soviet Union and those with fellow piano superstar Billy Joel in the 1990s; divulges how he grew from a meek, unassuming man into a personality powerhouse and major superstar; and gives the untold story behind his flamboyant costumes and why he wore them.
His Song also examines the ebbs and flows of this outstanding artist's career. It discloses the reason for Elton's commercial downturn and his difficult business relationship with David Geffen; his "coming out," first as a bisexual and finally as a gay man; his addictions to drugs, alcohol, bulimia, and sex; his relationship with AIDS sufferer Ryan White; and much more. It also tells the true story regarding his performance at Princess Diana's funeral and his rewriting of "Candle In The Wind," which went on to become the biggest-selling single in music history. Supplementented by more than forty photographs and a complete discography, His Song is essential reading for any fan of Elton John and his celebrated career.