Back in May, Taron Egerton played Elton John in his biopic Rocketman to great critical acclaim. Now Egerton’s Elton is returning to our ears for the audiobook of Me, the singer’s forthcoming memoir.
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When asked about the opportunity to play the iconic singer once again, Egerton had this to say:
“Elton John is a fascinating man, at times incredibly intimidating and yet very vulnerable, I have never met anyone like him. I was passionate about my role as Elton in the movie Rocketman and this feels like the perfect closing chapter to the whole experience. I am honored to have been asked to narrate Elton’s autobiography and I’m excited to get started.”
The autobiography is said to show the life of Elton John from a perspective that has yet to be seen; his own. Readers will get an inside look at topics like John’s sobriety, and his thirty year strong relationship with husband David Furnish. On top of this, Entertainment Weekly has reported that the audiobook will be thirteen hours long and will feature Elton himself.
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The memoir and the audiobook will both be available on October 15th, just four months after the premiere of Rocketman. Egerton told ABC News that playing this role has not made him and Elton coworkers, but friends as well.
“Having him there as a resource was incredible, because it meant the whole experience for me became intensely personal. The most important thing you do as an actor when people say ‘how do you prepare,’ it’s that regardless of who you’re playing, you fall in love with them because you have to become them. So when I developed this friendship with Elton, that was a very intense feeling.”
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2. Me Elton John by Elton John
Me Elton John by the iconic singer tells the story of his drama filled, rocky, and yet uplifting life, chronicling his early days as a young boy who grew up in London and dreams of being a pop star. From there, the autobiography details his early singing gigs, the motivations behind his outlandish outfits, to his life spiraling out of control when he hit it big, his suicide attempt, and his recovery that led him to create music for Broadway. The autobiography isn’t just about Elton John’s fascinating life but the road to success, getting clean, and finding love in the simplest things even when you’re the loudest voice on stage.
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Elton John is having a pretty eventful year. He’s currently on his farewell tour and his new biographical film Rocketman hits theaters this summer. Now, the megastar musician is setting the record straight with a new autobiography.
John took to Twitter to announce a new autobiography he is writing set to be released in October. Though the title and cover of the book have yet to be announced, it is already available for pre-order. The book will be published by Henry Holt & Co.
My life has been one helluva roller coaster ride and I’m now ready to tell you my story, in my own words. My first and only official autobiography will be released October 2019.
Therehavebeen several books written about Elton John’s life, including one written by him about the friends he lost during the AIDS crisis, but this will be the first official autobiography written by him. In the announcement, John stated that he excited for the book to come out because “It’s the truth, and so many books that have been written about me haven’t exactly been truthful.”