Captain Fantastic - Elton John's Stellar Trip Through the '70s-logo

Captain Fantastic - Elton John's Stellar Trip Through the '70s

Tom Doyle

Based on rare one-on-one interviews with the flamboyant rock 'n' roll icon, this is the first book to trace Elton John's meteoric rise from obscurity to worldwide celebrity in the wildest, weirdest decade of the twentieth century. In August 1970, Elton John achieved overnight fame with a rousing performance at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Over the next five years, the artist formerly known as Reginald Dwight went from unheard of to unstoppable, scoring seven consecutive #1 albums and sixteen Top Ten singles in America. By the middle of the decade, he was solely responsible for 2 percent of global record sales. One in fifty albums sold in the world bore his name. Elton John's live shows became raucous theatrical extravaganzas, attended by all the glitterati of the era. But beneath the spangled bodysuits and oversized eyeglasses, Elton was a desperately shy man, conflicted about his success, his sexuality, and his narcotic indulgences. In 1975, at the height of his fame, he attempted suicide. After coming out as bisexual in a controversial Rolling Stone interview that nearly wrecked his career, and announcing his retirement from live performance in 1977 at the age of thirty, he gradually found his way back to the thing he cared about most: the music. Captain Fantastic gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the rise, fall, and return to glory of one of the world's most mercurial performers. Rock journalist Tom Doyle's insider account of the Rocket Man's turbulent ascent is based on a series of one-pn-one interviews in which Elton laid bare many previously unrevealed details of his early career. Here is an intimate exploration of Elton's working relationship with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, whose lyrics often chronicled the ups and downs of their life together in the spotlight. Through these pages pass a parade of legends whose paths crossed with Elton's during the decade-including John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Groucho Marx, Katharine Hepburn, Princess Margaret, Elvis Presley, and an acid-damaged Brian Wilso

Based on rare one-on-one interviews with the flamboyant rock 'n' roll icon, this is the first book to trace Elton John's meteoric rise from obscurity to worldwide celebrity in the wildest, weirdest decade of the twentieth century. In August 1970, Elton John achieved overnight fame with a rousing performance at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Over the next five years, the artist formerly known as Reginald Dwight went from unheard of to unstoppable, scoring seven consecutive #1 albums and sixteen Top Ten singles in America. By the middle of the decade, he was solely responsible for 2 percent of global record sales. One in fifty albums sold in the world bore his name. Elton John's live shows became raucous theatrical extravaganzas, attended by all the glitterati of the era. But beneath the spangled bodysuits and oversized eyeglasses, Elton was a desperately shy man, conflicted about his success, his sexuality, and his narcotic indulgences. In 1975, at the height of his fame, he attempted suicide. After coming out as bisexual in a controversial Rolling Stone interview that nearly wrecked his career, and announcing his retirement from live performance in 1977 at the age of thirty, he gradually found his way back to the thing he cared about most: the music. Captain Fantastic gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the rise, fall, and return to glory of one of the world's most mercurial performers. Rock journalist Tom Doyle's insider account of the Rocket Man's turbulent ascent is based on a series of one-pn-one interviews in which Elton laid bare many previously unrevealed details of his early career. Here is an intimate exploration of Elton's working relationship with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, whose lyrics often chronicled the ups and downs of their life together in the spotlight. Through these pages pass a parade of legends whose paths crossed with Elton's during the decade-including John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Groucho Marx, Katharine Hepburn, Princess Margaret, Elvis Presley, and an acid-damaged Brian Wilso
More Information

Description:

Based on rare one-on-one interviews with the flamboyant rock 'n' roll icon, this is the first book to trace Elton John's meteoric rise from obscurity to worldwide celebrity in the wildest, weirdest decade of the twentieth century. In August 1970, Elton John achieved overnight fame with a rousing performance at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Over the next five years, the artist formerly known as Reginald Dwight went from unheard of to unstoppable, scoring seven consecutive #1 albums and sixteen Top Ten singles in America. By the middle of the decade, he was solely responsible for 2 percent of global record sales. One in fifty albums sold in the world bore his name. Elton John's live shows became raucous theatrical extravaganzas, attended by all the glitterati of the era. But beneath the spangled bodysuits and oversized eyeglasses, Elton was a desperately shy man, conflicted about his success, his sexuality, and his narcotic indulgences. In 1975, at the height of his fame, he attempted suicide. After coming out as bisexual in a controversial Rolling Stone interview that nearly wrecked his career, and announcing his retirement from live performance in 1977 at the age of thirty, he gradually found his way back to the thing he cared about most: the music. Captain Fantastic gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the rise, fall, and return to glory of one of the world's most mercurial performers. Rock journalist Tom Doyle's insider account of the Rocket Man's turbulent ascent is based on a series of one-pn-one interviews in which Elton laid bare many previously unrevealed details of his early career. Here is an intimate exploration of Elton's working relationship with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, whose lyrics often chronicled the ups and downs of their life together in the spotlight. Through these pages pass a parade of legends whose paths crossed with Elton's during the decade-including John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Groucho Marx, Katharine Hepburn, Princess Margaret, Elvis Presley, and an acid-damaged Brian Wilso

Language:

English

Narrators:

Tom Taylorson

Length:

9h 43m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:23


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:52


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:21


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:34


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:33


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:42


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:57


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:15


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:32


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:19


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:08


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:22


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:26


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:04


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:37


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:13


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:58


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:19


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:16


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:22


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:34


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:02


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:55


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:54


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:20


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:37


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:44


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:30


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:52


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:14


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:32


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:23


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:46


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:11


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:06


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:05


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:15


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:01


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:58


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:14


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:47


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:35


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:02


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:21


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:22


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:26


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:07


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:27


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:00


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:42


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:52


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:59


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:43


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:17


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:38


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:43


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:34


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:47


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:01


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:51


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:06


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:46


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:24


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:57


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:56


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:07


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:21


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:13


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:13


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:08


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:36


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:32


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:42


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:08


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:40


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:56


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:42


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:22


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

00:28