By Tom Doyle
Based on infrequent one-on-one interviews with the flowery rock ’n’ roll icon, this can be the 1st publication to track Elton John’s meteoric upward thrust from obscurity to around the world megastar within the wildest, most unearthly decade of the 20th century.
In August 1970, Elton John completed in a single day repute with a rousing functionality on the Troubadour in la. Over the following 5 years, the artist previously often called Reginald Dwight went from unparalleled to unstoppable, scoring seven consecutive number 1 albums and 16 most sensible Ten singles in the USA. by means of the center of the last decade, he used to be exclusively answerable for 2 percentage of world list revenues. One in fifty albums offered on this planet bore his identify. Elton John’s concerts grew to become raucous theatrical extravaganzas, attended through 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 repute, he tried suicide. After popping out as bisexual in a debatable Rolling Stone interview that just about wrecked his profession, and saying his retirement from concert in 1977 on the age of thirty, he progressively chanced on his as far back as the article 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 so much mercurial performers. Rock journalist Tom Doyle’s insider account of the Rocket Man’s turbulent ascent relies on a chain of one-pn-one interviews during which Elton laid naked many formerly unrevealed info of his early profession. this is an intimate exploration of Elton’s operating courting with songwriting companion Bernie Taupin, whose lyrics frequently chronicled the ups and downs in their existence jointly within the highlight. via those pages cross a parade of legends whose paths crossed with Elton’s through 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 trip aboard Elton John’s rocket send to superstardom.
Praise for Captain Fantastic
“Veteran rock journalist [Tom] Doyle keeps his foray into the Seventies song scene with a compelling profile of an not going rock big name. . . . In chronicling Elton John’s stratospheric upward push to reputation, replete with platinum documents, more and more outlandish degree exhibits, and mountains of money, the writer deftly manages to maintain his topic in sharp concentration. in line with hours of one-on-one interviews with Captain outstanding himself, this breezy but entire biography demonstrates what it used to be like for the proficient 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, tune journalist Doyle (Man at the Run) attracts on interviews with John and his colleagues, in particular his writing accomplice, Bernie Taupin, to catch the meteoric upward push and fall of the guy who published at the very least one album each year of the Seventies. . . . This lively booklet . . . makes a powerful case that John reached his top and made his top song within the ’70s.”—Publishers Weekly
“A breezy and strangely poignant romp via a decade, and a profession, that successfully invented glossy megastar culture.”—Peter Doggett, writer of You by no means supply Me Your cash: The Beatles After the Breakup
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Extra resources for Captain Fantastic: Elton John’s Stellar Trip Through the ’70s
It wasn’t hard for him to cheer himself up. Simple pleasures once again. At the yearly Pinner Fair in the last week of May 1969, Reg amused himself at the various “roll-up roll-up” stalls. At one, where the challenge was to throw Ping-Pong balls into jam jars, ever competitive, he quickly succeeded twice, his prize being two unlucky piscine creatures cruelly forced to swim around in small transparent plastic bags of water. —John and Yoko!! The next day, John and Yoko died. ” scribbled Reg. A week later, Empty Sky was released.
January 17, Sunday: Saw:—“Lady In Cement”—good, “Secret Life of An American Wife”—lousy. 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.
The series of interviews I conducted with Elton that are featured in Captain Fantastic were originally commissioned by Britain’s biggest-selling rock magazine, Mojo, to take a retrospective look at the heady era that was his 1970s. Most of these conversations, rich in details and anecdotes, were never published, owing to page constraints. When I realized that I had to exclude so much great material from my articles—and that even Elton’s story of meeting Elvis in 1976 (when both were suffering declines in differing ways) would have to go untold for the time being—the idea for this book was born.