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 ebook to track Elton John’s meteoric upward thrust from obscurity to world wide famous person within the wildest, most eldritch 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 following 5 years, the artist previously often called Reginald Dwight went from extraordinary to unstoppable, scoring seven consecutive number 1 albums and 16 best Ten singles in the US. by means of the center of the last decade, he used to be completely chargeable for 2 percentage of worldwide list revenues. One in fifty albums bought on the planet bore his identify. Elton John’s concerts turned raucous theatrical extravaganzas, attended by means of 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 debatable Rolling Stone interview that just about 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 supplies readers a behind-the-scenes examine the increase, fall, and go back to glory of 1 of the world’s such a lot 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 courting with songwriting companion Bernie Taupin, whose lyrics frequently chronicled the ups and downs in their lifestyles jointly within the highlight. via those pages move a parade of legends whose paths crossed with Elton’s in the course of 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 experience aboard Elton John’s rocket send to superstardom.

Praise for Captain Fantastic

“Veteran rock journalist [Tom] Doyle maintains his foray into the Seventies song scene with a compelling profile of an not likely rock celebrity. . . . In chronicling Elton John’s stratospheric upward thrust to repute, replete with platinum files, more and more outlandish level indicates, and mountains of money, the writer deftly manages to maintain his topic in sharp concentration. according to hours of one-on-one interviews with Captain outstanding himself, this breezy but complete biography demonstrates what it was once like for the gifted musician to churn out an very unlikely string of hit documents. . . . an effective 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, specifically his writing associate, Bernie Taupin, to trap the meteoric upward thrust and fall of the guy who published at the least one album each year of the Nineteen Seventies. . . . This vigorous booklet . . . makes a powerful case that John reached his top and made his most sensible song within the ’70s.”Publishers Weekly

“A breezy and unusually poignant romp via a decade, and a occupation, that successfully invented smooth big name culture.”—Peter Doggett, writer of You by no means supply Me Your funds: The Beatles After the Breakup

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I thought, Oh, Dick, you’re so stupid,” Elton remembers. Now it was August and he’d touched down in Los Angeles, thrilled to his fingertips to actually be in America. Exiting the airport, he’d been greeted by the sight of the double-decker parked outside. S. publicist, that the bus was a surprise stunt he’d planned for him. A. and fanfare his arrival in style. A screaming message in huge white letters on a black banner ran almost the entire length of it: ELTON JOHN HAS ARRIVED. Dutifully, Elton had stepped onto the rear platform of the open-backed London bus.

John and Yoko!! The next day, John and Yoko died. ” scribbled Reg. A week later, Empty Sky was released. It struggled to sell four thousand copies before, for now, disappearing completely. — EXACTLY FIVE AND a half years after that day at Pinner Fair—November 28, 1974—a limousine was gliding through the streets of Manhattan. Inside, heading for Madison Square Garden, were the now legally named Elton Hercules John and John Lennon. The latter was almost paralyzed by fear at the prospect of his first appearance onstage in more than two years.

No one, that was, except for Yoko Ono, sitting in a seat she’d requested where she couldn’t be seen from the stage. Ono had sent good luck cards and a single white gardenia each to John and Elton backstage. Lennon affixed his to the lapel of his black suit jacket, before he was forced to once again throw his guts up through sheer terror. He didn’t know that his estranged wife was in the crowd. He was relieved to think that she wasn’t coming to the show. “Otherwise I know I’d never be able to go out there,” he admitted.

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