Monday, November 7, 2016

Elton's Autobiography to be Released in 2019

Though he prefers to resist the urge, Elton John will temporarily submit to nostalgia for a special occasion: the release of his autobiography in 2019.

The publisher Henry Holt & Company, a division of Macmillan, announced on Thursday that it had obtained the English-language rights to the memoir, which it called a “no-holds-barred account of Elton’s life,” written with the critic Alexis Petridis.

In a statement, Mr. John, 69, said, “I’m not prone to being a nostalgic person,” John said in a statement. “I’m often accused of only looking forward to my next gig or creative project. It’s come as quite a surprise how cathartic I am finding the process of writing my memoirs. As I look back, I realize what a crazy life I have had the extreme privilege of living. I have grown up in a period of extraordinary change in our world – and have had the joyful honor of rubbing shoulders and working with so many of the people at the heart of these changes. My life has been one helluva rollercoaster ride and it’s still lumbering on. I hope readers will enjoy the ride too.”

A representative for Holt said the company had won an auction for the book over two other publishers after representatives for each traveled to Atlanta to meet with Mr. John and his husband, David Furnish. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

It will be the first and only official autobiography of the 69-year-old Grammy-winning star, who released his 33rd studio album earlier this year. Throughout his career, he has sold more than 300m records.

“Elton John is an extraordinary pop culture figure whose celebrity transcends his music,” said Stephen Rubin, president and publisher at Henry Holt & Company. “Sure we know the lyrics to all his signature songs, but we love him just as much for his charity work, for his wide circle of friends, including royalty, for his supremely unforgettable outrageousness and sense of style and humor, and for his irresistible likability.”

A big-screen biopic, to star Tom Hardy as the singer, was announced in 2013 but has yet to begin production.

- NY Times/ The Guardian

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