By Tom Doyle
Based on infrequent one-on-one interviews with the flowery rock ’n’ roll icon, this can be the 1st e-book to track Elton John’s meteoric upward push from obscurity to world wide famous person within the wildest, most unearthly decade of the 20th century.
In August 1970, Elton John accomplished in a single day popularity with a rousing functionality on the Troubadour in la. Over the subsequent 5 years, the artist previously often called Reginald Dwight went from exceptional to unstoppable, scoring seven consecutive number 1 albums and 16 most sensible Ten singles in the USA. through the center of the last decade, he used to be completely liable for 2 percentage of world list revenues. One in fifty albums offered on the earth bore his identify. Elton John’s concerts 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 good fortune, 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 almost wrecked his profession, and asserting his retirement from concert in 1977 on the age of thirty, he progressively stumbled on his as far back as the item he cared approximately so much: the song.
Captain Fantastic provides readers a behind-the-scenes examine the increase, fall, and go back to glory of 1 of the world’s so much mercurial performers. Rock journalist Tom Doyle’s insider account of the Rocket Man’s turbulent ascent is predicated on a sequence of one-pn-one interviews during which Elton laid naked many formerly unrevealed info of his early profession. here's an intimate exploration of Elton’s operating dating with songwriting associate Bernie Taupin, whose lyrics frequently 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 trip aboard Elton John’s rocket send to superstardom.
Praise for Captain Fantastic
“Veteran rock journalist [Tom] Doyle keeps his foray into the Seventies song scene with a compelling profile of an not going rock big name. . . . In chronicling Elton John’s stratospheric upward push to status, replete with platinum documents, more and more outlandish level indicates, and mountains of money, the writer deftly manages to maintain his topic in sharp concentration. in response to hours of one-on-one interviews with Captain outstanding himself, this breezy but entire biography demonstrates what it used to be like for the proficient musician to churn out an very unlikely string of hit documents. . . . a good way to raised comprehend the fellow at the back of the garish glasses and platform boots.”—Kirkus Reviews
“In this adoring and candid set of fan’s notes, tune journalist Doyle (Man at the Run) attracts on interviews with John and his colleagues, particularly his writing accomplice, Bernie Taupin, to seize the meteoric upward push and fall of the guy who published at the very least one album each year of the Nineteen Seventies. . . . This vigorous e-book . . . makes a resounding case that John reached his height and made his most sensible tune within the ’70s.”—Publishers Weekly
“A breezy and strangely poignant romp via a decade, and a occupation, that successfully invented sleek superstar culture.”—Peter Doggett, writer of You by no means provide Me Your funds: The Beatles After the Breakup
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Additional resources for Captain Fantastic: Elton John’s Stellar Trip Through the ’70s
Back playing his beloved rock’n’roll, Lennon’s performing spirit was reawakened. As he departed the stage, no one could know that it was for the very last time. Elton and John Lennon (in his final live performance), Madison Square Garden, New York, Thanksgiving Day 1974. From her vantage point in the crowd, Yoko had felt that her husband looked lonely up there. Too many bows, taken too quickly. Afterward Lennon felt guilty that he hadn’t been as moved by the experience as those around him were.
Bernie kept these ambitions to himself and left school at fifteen, falling into a procession of menial jobs, including working at a printing press inking leaflets for local fetes and horse shows and laboring on a farm where he was tasked with forking the carcasses of diseased chickens into an incinerator. All the while, back in the kitchen at his family’s farmhouse, he would tap tap tap away, writing poems on an old typewriter. ” Later he was rightly to regard these as terrible rip-offs of the spaced-out hello-trees-hello-sky lyrical fashion of the day.
Later they would look back and view the fact that they’d both responded to the Liberty ad as a twist of fate. Especially since Bernie Taupin hadn’t himself even managed to mail the letter including examples of his song lyrics. He had got as far as stuffing them into an envelope and addressing it, but then left it on the mantelpiece at the Taupins’ farmhouse in the small Lincolnshire village of Owmby by Spital (population: 300) in England’s East Midlands. Somehow, the letter had been temporarily lost, tucked behind a clock, and lay there for two weeks before Bernie’s mother found it and popped it in the post.