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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 Captain Fantastic
Author: David Buckley
Year: 2007
publisher: SevenOaks
ISBN: 978-1-86200-438-2
pages: 416
binding: hardcover
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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 Elton's associates and musical collaborators, alongside exhaustive secondary research, this page-turning story of high drama and prodigious enduring talent provides a fascinating and revealing portrait of the Queen Mum of Pop, and offers a new perspective on this extraordinary man.

Title: Eltonography - A Life in Pictures
Author: Terry O'Neill
Year: 2008
publisher: Evans Mitchell Books
ISBN: 978-1901268331
pages: 222
binding: hardcover
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Sir Elton John is undoubtedly one of the biggest rock and roll legends of all time. With more than 250 million albums sold, 100 million singles, an Oscar and five Grammies, he has had one of the most successful and sustained careers in music history. The legendary photographer Terry O'Neill has been there from the moment Reginald Dwight became Elton John recording the meteoric rise of "The Rocket Man".

Eltonography is an amazing collection of nearly 240 photographs from O'Neill's private archive that spans four decades. Mostly unpublished the photographs will trigger memories, amazement and surprise at the breadth of Sir Elton John's Life in Pictures. From his infamous and flamboyant costumes to his lavish lifestyle and unforgettable performances this book really does capture the life and times of one of the greatest names in show business.

What began as a photo-shoot with the new kid on the pop block in the early 70's, developed into a friendship and photographic partnership that has taken them both on a journey to fame. This book is a legacy of that relationship. O'Neill said "You can't help but love Elton. He's a genius, an enigma, a star, possibly one of the greatest of all time".

Title: Pop Rock Elton John
Author: Ethan Schlesinger
Year: 2008
publisher: Mason Crest
ISBN: 978-1-4222-0316-3
pages: 64
binding: softcover
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Who would have thought a short, pudgy guy with glasses who plays the piano would become a rock superstar? Elton John, however, proved he has what it takes to not only conquer the world of rock 'n' roll, but stay on top of it, year after year.

Discover who Elton John is. Learn about his childhood and how as a young adult, he worked his way to fame. Read about his fall into addictions- and his victory over them when he sought help for his problems. Follow Elton as he grieves the deaths of his closest friends- and celebrate his determination to do all he can to end AIDS/HIV. Get to know Elton!

Title: Elton John: The Bitch Is Back
Author: Mark Bego
Year: 2009
publisher: Phoenix Books
ISBN: 978-1-59777-632-5
pages: 375
binding: hardcover
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Here's the book every Elton John fan has been waiting for - full of the scandals, addictions, affairs, and tantrums that underscored the life of one of the world's most original and talented musical artists.

Flamboyant, iconic Elton John is as much a 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 singler/songwriter, Elton was widely acknowledged as the most prolific pop and rock star of the decade by the mid-'70s. 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.

No book ever published inthe U.S. has successfully captured the passion, the outlandishness, and the complexity of Elton John's life, much less his music. With nothing off-limits, Elton John: The Bitch Is Back stands out as a uniquely rich examination of the pop icon's public and private lives.

Title: Gorringes: The Entertainment Sale
Year: 2010
publisher: Gorringes LLP
pages: 88
binding: softcover
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The Entertainment Sale, including The Sheila Farebrother and Bob Halley Collection of Elton John Memorabilia and The John Pearson Kray Twins archive. Tuesday 19th October 2010 6:00 PM. Gorringes, 15 North Street Lewes, Sussex BN7 2PD.
Title: The Illustrated Biography Elton John
Author: Elizabeth Balmer
Year: 2010
publisher: Transatlantic Press
ISBN: 978-1-566490-99-3
pages: 224
binding: softcover
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It is no longer unusual for a pop artist to have a career which spans decades; many great performers who started out in the sixties and seventies stil have that magnetic draw that fills stadiums today, while others who have mastered the art of reinvention manage to attract new, young fans despite the passing of years. For Elton John the truth of his eternal success lies somewhere else. Yes, he still has the ability to fill arenas, singing songs from his "classic period" in the seventies, and yes, his image has changed during the past four decades. But from "Your Song" to "Circle of Life" Elton's appeal runs far deeper and is a reflection of a multi-faceted and polished talent that emerges at a very young age.

From humble beginnings, Elton's precocious talent received a classical training and despite his very ordinary appearance, Elton created an outrageous and energetic stage persona which made him one of the most successful live artists of the seventies. His partnership with Bernie Taupin began with their writing music for other performers and the two went on to become one of the twentieth century's most celebrated songwriting teams. Although the early trappings of fame and success proved too much for Elton, leading to a temporary retirement, he recovered to take his talent in new directions. Elton and Bernie continued to record studio albums but Elton also began writing music for Disney movies and a number of stage musicals, winning awards along the way. He also embarked upon a personal crusade against the killer disease AIDS, establishing a charity foundation which would go on to raise millions.

Elton holds a number of impressive accolades: five Grammys, one Tony, an Oscar, hte best-selling single of all-time, over 250 million records sold, a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a knighthood. The list is long and is a testament not only to Elton's tenacity and his prolific musical output, but also to his universal appeal and ability to emotionally connect through music. The stunning photographs here chronicle all the periods of Elton's life, from the early years of his blossoming career, through the years of addiction, on to his eventual fulfillment, both professional and personal. They recreate the history of the often larger-than-life legend of Sir Elton John.

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
Author: Terry O'Neill
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?
Author: Kirsten Anderson
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.
Title: Captain Fantastic
Author: Tom Doyle
Year: 2017
publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 1101884185
pages: 302
binding: hardcover
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Based on rare one-on-one interviews with the flamboyant rock 'n' roll icon, this is the first book to trace Elton John's meteoric rise from obscurity to worldwide celebrity in the wildest, weirdest decade of the twentieth century.

In August 1970, Elton John achieved overnight fame with a rousing performance at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Over the next five years, the artist formerly known as Reginald Dwight went from unheard of to unstoppable, scoring seven consecutive #1 albums and sixteen Top Ten singles in America. By the middle of the decade, he was solely responsible for 2 percent of global record sales. One in fifty albums sold in the world bore his name. Elton John's live shows became raucous theatrical extravaganzas, attended by all the glitterati of the era.

But beneath the spangled bodysuits and oversized eyeglasses, Elton was a desperately shy man, conflicted about his success, his sexuality, and his narcotic indulgences. In 1975, at the height of his fame, he attempted suicide. After coming out as bisexual in a controversial Rolling Stone interview that nearly wrecked his career, and announcing his retirement from live performance in 1977 at the age of thirty, he gradually found his way back to the thing he cared about most: the music.

Captain Fantastic gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the rise, fall, and return to glory of one of the world's most mercurial performers. Rock journalist Tom Doyle's insider account of the Rocket Man's turbulent ascent is based on a series of one-pn-one interviews in which Elton laid bare many previously unrevealed details of his early career. Here is an intimate exploration of Elton's working relationship with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, whose lyrics often chronicled the ups and downs of their life together in the spotlight. Through these pages pass a parade of legends whose paths crossed with Elton's during the decade—including John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Groucho Marx, Katharine Hepburn, Princess Margaret, Elvis Presley, and an acid-damaged Brian Wilson.

A fascinating portrait of the artist at the apex of his celebrity, Captain Fantastic takes us on a rollicking fame-and-drug-fueled ride aboard Elton John's rocket ship to superstardom.

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