By Tom Doyle
Based on infrequent one-on-one interviews with the flowery rock ’n’ roll icon, this is often the 1st e-book to track Elton John’s meteoric upward push from obscurity to world wide megastar within the wildest, most unearthly decade of the 20th century.
In August 1970, Elton John accomplished in a single day reputation with a rousing functionality on the Troubadour in l. a.. Over the following 5 years, the artist previously referred to as Reginald Dwight went from unparalleled to unstoppable, scoring seven consecutive no 1 albums and 16 most sensible Ten singles in the USA. via the center of the last decade, he was once exclusively accountable for 2 percentage of worldwide checklist revenues. One in fifty albums offered on the earth bore his identify. Elton John’s concerts turned raucous theatrical extravaganzas, attended by way of the entire 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 peak of his reputation, he tried suicide. After popping out as bisexual in a arguable Rolling Stone interview that almost wrecked his profession, and asserting his retirement from concert in 1977 on the age of thirty, he progressively came across his as far back as the article he cared approximately so much: the tune.
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 dating with songwriting accomplice Bernie Taupin, whose lyrics frequently chronicled the ups and downs in their existence 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 tune scene with a compelling profile of an not likely rock megastar. . . . In chronicling Elton John’s stratospheric upward thrust 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 response to hours of one-on-one interviews with Captain awesome himself, this breezy but complete biography demonstrates what it used to be like for the proficient musician to churn out an most unlikely string of hit files. . . . a good way to higher comprehend the fellow at the back of the garish glasses and platform boots.”—Kirkus Reviews
“In this adoring and candid set of fan’s notes, song journalist Doyle (Man at the Run) attracts on interviews with John and his colleagues, specially his writing associate, Bernie Taupin, to catch the meteoric upward push and fall of the guy who published at the least one album each year of the Nineteen Seventies. . . . This full of life booklet . . . 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 sleek star culture.”—Peter Doggett, writer of You by no means provide Me Your cash: The Beatles After the Breakup
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BALLANTINE and the HOUSE colophon are registered trademarks of Penguin Random House LLC. Photo credits can be found on this page. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA Names: Doyle, Tom Title: Captain Fantastic: Elton John’s stellar trip through the ’70s / Tom Doyle. Description: First edition. | New York: Ballantine Books,  | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2016034659 (print) | LCCN 2016035358 (ebook) | ISBN 9781101884188 (hardcover: alk. paper) | ISBN 9781101884201 (ebook) Subjects: LCSH: John, Elton.
Music, however, was his obsession. Reg’s poky bedroom in the small flat at 30A Frome Court, Pinner Road, where he lived with his mother, Sheila, and stepfather, Fred, was a virtual record library—approximately fourteen hundred singles, three hundred LPs, and one hundred EPs, which he lovingly played and cleaned and cataloged. There was an expression for people like him, who were utterly entranced by the sounds magically emanating from revolving black plastic discs: “It’s called vinyl in the blood,” he’d proudly state.
A test recording session was booked. Walking through the door of DJM Studio, Reg was met by the sight of Caleb Quaye, his onetime fellow music publisher runner, now a sound engineer, who at first didn’t recognize “Billy Bunter” in his longer hair and slightly groovier getup. When he realized who the artist he’d be working with actually was, Quaye burst out laughing. But his merriment was cut short when he heard Reg sing. To Quaye’s ears, his almost androgynous vocal tones sounded like Sandie Shaw.