Captain Fantastic: Elton John’s Stellar Trip Through the by Tom Doyle

By Tom Doyle

Based on infrequent one-on-one interviews with the flowery rock ’n’ roll icon, this is often the 1st publication to track Elton John’s meteoric upward push from obscurity to around the globe big name 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 l. a.. Over the following 5 years, the artist previously often called Reginald Dwight went from remarkable to unstoppable, scoring seven consecutive no 1 albums and 16 most sensible Ten singles in the US. by way of the center of the last decade, he was once exclusively answerable for 2 percentage of worldwide list revenues. One in fifty albums bought on this planet bore his identify. Elton John’s concerts grew to become raucous theatrical extravaganzas, attended via the entire glitterati of the era.

yet underneath the spangled bodysuits and outsized eyeglasses, Elton was once a desperately shy guy, conflicted approximately his luck, his sexuality, and his narcotic indulgences. In 1975, on the top of his status, he tried suicide. After popping out as bisexual in a debatable Rolling Stone interview that just about wrecked his profession, and saying his retirement from concert in 1977 on the age of thirty, he steadily stumbled on his as far back as the item he cared approximately so much: the track.

Captain Fantastic offers 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 relies on a sequence of one-pn-one interviews during which Elton laid naked many formerly unrevealed info of his early occupation. here's an intimate exploration of Elton’s operating dating with songwriting associate Bernie Taupin, whose lyrics usually chronicled the ups and downs in their existence jointly within the highlight. via those pages go a parade of legends whose paths crossed with Elton’s through 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 Nineteen Seventies song scene with a compelling profile of an not likely rock famous person. . . . In chronicling Elton John’s stratospheric upward push to repute, 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 accordance with hours of one-on-one interviews with Captain awesome himself, this breezy but finished biography demonstrates what it used to be like for the proficient musician to churn out an most unlikely string of hit documents. . . . a good 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, track journalist Doyle (Man at the Run) attracts on interviews with John and his colleagues, specially his writing associate, 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 ebook . . . makes a resounding case that John reached his height and made his most sensible track within the ’70s.”Publishers Weekly

“A breezy and strangely poignant romp via a decade, and a profession, that successfully invented glossy superstar culture.”—Peter Doggett, writer of You by no means provide Me Your funds: The Beatles After the Breakup

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As the true successor to the Beatles in terms of sheer popular phenomenon, he experienced a thrilling but turbulent flight. Captain Fantastic traces the skyscraping accomplishments and plummeting lows of Elton’s 1970s, from the height of his stacked heels to the depths of his depressions. It is the tale of the bashful kid who turned into a superhero. “Fuck! ” Reg (second from left) trying to look cool with the struggling Bluesology, London, July 22, 1965. TO FLY ALL THIS WAY to California, across the Atlantic from England in a jumbo jet, to the land of freedom, adventure, and rock’n’roll, only to end up on a red bloody London bus.

It was like having a university course in music. I was fascinated by watching records go round the turntable. I remember twelve-inch seventy-eights which classical music used to be on. You could break records in those days. ” Looking to develop her son’s natural talent, Sheila found a private piano tutor for Reg when he was seven. Mrs. Jones would teach him classical pieces and encourage him to practice for three hours each day. For the most part, he hated the passages he was forced to learn. He loathed the sad and dissonant night music of Bartók, though he found himself falling for the prettier melodies of Bach and Chopin.

It also gave him an opportunity to extend his range. ” Fred, or Derf, now introduced by Reg to everyone as his stepfather, attended these pub performances every weekend, his encouragement of the teenager’s musical aspirations drawing them closer. Reg earned only a pound a night from the gig, but at the end of each set, Fred passed through the drinkers, pushing a money box under their noses and asking for tips for the young pianist. And so, nightly, Reg earned north of a tenner, sometimes totting up thirty-five quid a week (the equivalent of almost $400 today), at a time when the average weekly wage was only £12.

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