Monday, April 18, 2016

New Elton John Definitive Biography Out Soon

The definitive biography on Elton John, Captain Fantastic is out soon.

Captain Fantastic concentrates on the 1970s, with one lengthy chapter devoted to each year, from 1970 to 1979.

It also includes a lengthy prologue that covers 1947 - 1969, and an epilogue that takes place in Central Park, 1980 (great inside info on this from Judie Tzuke, who opened for Elton, and together finished off the better part of a bottle of whiskey between them before the show).

The biography contains information that has never been printed before, of both Elton's private life and of the creation of every song he wrote/recorded/released in the '70s.

Captain Fantastic is 200,000 words long, and features nearly 50 interviews with Elton insiders from Paul Buckmaster, Stuart Epps and the late Gus Dudgeon & Dee Murray to Caleb Quaye, Kenny Passarelli, Russ Regan, John Carsello (Caribou Ranch's studio manager) and May Pang, to literally dozens more.

It also features two 16-page photo sections, including rare images from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame lensman James Fortune, as well as photographs from the author's personal archives. Additionally, the book includes an illustrated discography (including select bootleg releases), and an illustrated concert list that names the date/city/venue of every single concert Elton gave from 1970 - 1979.

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