By Tom Doyle
Based on infrequent one-on-one interviews with the flowery rock ’n’ roll icon, this can be the 1st ebook to track Elton John’s meteoric upward thrust from obscurity to around the world big name within the wildest, most unearthly decade of the 20 th century.
In August 1970, Elton John completed in a single day popularity with a rousing functionality on the Troubadour in la. Over the following 5 years, the artist previously often called Reginald Dwight went from unprecedented to unstoppable, scoring seven consecutive no 1 albums and 16 best Ten singles in the USA. through the center of the last decade, he was once exclusively accountable for 2 percentage of world checklist revenues. One in fifty albums bought on the earth bore his identify. Elton John’s concert events turned raucous theatrical extravaganzas, attended via all of the glitterati of the era.
yet underneath the spangled bodysuits and outsized eyeglasses, Elton used to be a desperately shy guy, conflicted approximately his luck, his sexuality, and his narcotic indulgences. In 1975, on the top of his reputation, he tried suicide. After popping out as bisexual in a arguable Rolling Stone interview that just about wrecked his occupation, and asserting his retirement from concert in 1977 on the age of thirty, he progressively chanced on his as far back as the article he cared approximately so much: the track.
Captain Fantastic provides readers a behind-the-scenes examine the increase, fall, and go back to glory of 1 of the world’s such a lot mercurial performers. Rock journalist Tom Doyle’s insider account of the Rocket Man’s turbulent ascent relies on a chain of one-pn-one interviews within which Elton laid naked many formerly unrevealed info of his early profession. this is an intimate exploration of Elton’s operating courting with songwriting companion Bernie Taupin, whose lyrics usually chronicled the ups and downs in their existence jointly within the highlight. via those pages cross a parade of legends whose paths crossed with Elton’s throughout the decade—including John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Groucho Marx, Katharine Hepburn, Princess Margaret, Elvis Presley, and an acid-damaged Brian Wilson.
a desirable portrait of the artist on the apex of his celebrity, Captain Fantastic takes us on a rollicking fame-and-drug-fueled journey aboard Elton John’s rocket send to superstardom.
Praise for Captain Fantastic
“Veteran rock journalist [Tom] Doyle keeps his foray into the Nineteen Seventies tune scene with a compelling profile of an not likely rock superstar. . . . In chronicling Elton John’s stratospheric upward push to reputation, replete with platinum files, more and more outlandish level exhibits, and mountains of money, the writer deftly manages to maintain his topic in sharp concentration. in line with hours of one-on-one interviews with Captain significant himself, this breezy but finished biography demonstrates what it was once like for the gifted musician to churn out an most unlikely string of hit files. . . . an effective way to raised comprehend the fellow in the back of the garish glasses and platform boots.”—Kirkus Reviews
“In this adoring and candid set of fan’s notes, song journalist Doyle (Man at the Run) attracts on interviews with John and his colleagues, in particular his writing accomplice, Bernie Taupin, to trap the meteoric upward push and fall of the fellow who published at the very least one album each year of the Seventies. . . . This lively e-book . . . makes a resounding case that John reached his height and made his most sensible song within the ’70s.”—Publishers Weekly
“A breezy and unusually poignant romp via a decade, and a profession, that successfully invented sleek superstar culture.”—Peter Doggett, writer of You by no means supply Me Your funds: The Beatles After the Breakup
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For Elton and Bernie, it was a sign that they were paddling in too-shallow waters. They resolved never again to write such pop pap. Instead, they threw themselves into the making of what was to become the first Elton John album, Empty Sky. Recorded in nocturnal downtime sessions at the DJM studio in New Oxford Street, it was a happy time for all involved—plotting and scheming their bright shiny futures in breaks at the Wimpy restaurant along the road, eating dinner after hours at the Golden Egg café, walking through the near-deserted streets at four in the morning to doss down at the flat that producer Steve Brown’s father was given as a perk of his job working for the Salvation Army.
Scribbled Reg. A week later, Empty Sky was released. It struggled to sell four thousand copies before, for now, disappearing completely. — EXACTLY FIVE AND a half years after that day at Pinner Fair—November 28, 1974—a limousine was gliding through the streets of Manhattan. Inside, heading for Madison Square Garden, were the now legally named Elton Hercules John and John Lennon. The latter was almost paralyzed by fear at the prospect of his first appearance onstage in more than two years. The mood in the car was heavy and silent, as if its passengers were traveling to a funeral rather than a sold-out gig.
Instead, they threw themselves into the making of what was to become the first Elton John album, Empty Sky. Recorded in nocturnal downtime sessions at the DJM studio in New Oxford Street, it was a happy time for all involved—plotting and scheming their bright shiny futures in breaks at the Wimpy restaurant along the road, eating dinner after hours at the Golden Egg café, walking through the near-deserted streets at four in the morning to doss down at the flat that producer Steve Brown’s father was given as a perk of his job working for the Salvation Army.