Elton John

Captain Fantastic on the Yellow Brick Road

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Pub Date 30 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 11 Jan 2024

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A beautifully produced celebration of the iconic and beloved rock star, Elton John features live onstage and candid offstage photography, an entertaining history, and gatefold timeline.

Few rock artists continue to gather more and more adulation with age than Sir Elton Hercules John. In this re-release of Elton John at 75 (2022), veteran rock journalist Gillian Gaar provides a unique examination of Elton’s life and career through the lens of 75 career accomplishments and life events—from his first steps as a solo artist to the breakthrough album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road to his flamboyant stage presence, and beyond.

Key studio albums are featured, of course, as are a curated selection of his earworm singles. But Gaar delves deeper to reveal the events that helped chart the course of Elton’s career:
  • Key performances such as his breakthrough performance at LA’s Troubadour, and the historic Soviet Union and Dodger Stadium concerts
  • Legendary collaborations with the likes of Dua LIpa, Billy Joel, and Kate Bush
  • His many film and television roles, including Tommy and The Muppet Show
  • Tireless work on behalf of AIDS research
  • Notable awards and honors, including knighthood
  • And of course his collaboration with longtime cowriter Bernie Taupin

Every page is illustrated with stunning photography, including gig posters, 7-inch picture sleeves, and more. This incredible package also includes a gatefold Elton John timeline.

The result is a fitting tribute to one of the most admired stars in rock.
A beautifully produced celebration of the iconic and beloved rock star, Elton John features live onstage and candid offstage photography, an entertaining history, and gatefold timeline.

Few rock...

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Loved the photos and learning all things Elton! Some really interesting facts!
Loved the history and seeing where his career led him!
Loved loved loved

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Tough to tell on netgalley what the finished product is intended as, I *think* this is meant as a coffee table/display book. Perfectly done for that purpose— loved the visuals and information inside.

If it’s meant as more of a bookshelf book I’d probably rate it slightly less, The writing itself is a bit simplistic (though informative) and not necessarily compelling on its own/independent of the photos. This works for a display book where you read a couple pages at a time just flipping through, but makes for a much drier read from cover to cover.

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Fabulous retrospective looking back on the truly impressive career of one of my favorite performers. It included so many little stories and photographs I've never read or seen before. A real gem of a gift for any ultimate Elton John fan. Highly recommend!!!

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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for my gifted copy.

I'm definitely buying a physical copy when this one comes out! I love Elton John so I just had to read this one. I absolutely loved it, and highly recommend ro all Elton John Lovers!

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Gorgeous pictorial review of the life of Elton John with interesting stories and tidbits thrown in. Growing up an Elton John fan I enjoyed the antidotes behind some of my favorite songs and costumes.

This is a fun coffee table book or gift for the Elton John fan in your life.

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I love Elton John. I saw his farewell tour prior to the pandemic and it absolutely blew me away. This book covers Elton's live and career with each page filled with wonderful information and lots of photos. A lot of the photos I have seen, but there were others that were completely new to me. I have read Elton's book so I already knew a lot of the information, but this was a nice refresher. This would be a wonderful coffee table book for any Elton John fan.

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5 stars!!

I mean, who doesn't love Elton John?! This book gave me a deeper understanding of the man and the music. I didn't think it was possible to love him more than I did, but after this book, I do.

The pictures are AMAZING.

It gave me some fun tidbits of knowledge ("Your Song" was written in 30 minutes?! "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" was his FIRST UK #1 single?!) I got to learn so much more about him and Bernie's relationship and how they came together (they lived with Elton's family?!) and his friendship with John Lennon and Freddie Mercury. I got to see pictures of his concert in Dodger Stadium (I went to his farewell concert at Dodger Stadium last year and loved it) and I had no idea he was behind Billy Elliot! My favorite Carpool Karaoke even made the cut in the book!

If you love Elton and want to see some amazing pictures and pick up some random facts this is where to do it.

Thank you NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group – Motorbooks, Motorbooks for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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A spectacular tribute book to Elton John, with fabulous photos, engaging text, and a stunning compilation of his music. I learned so much about this fav musician and recommend it highly to other fans and those who want to know more about this legend.

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Wonderful chronological overview of the life of Elton John. The photos are the highlight. The information is general and informative. It says when it is drawing from Elton’s words (book or interviews) but other times I’m unclear on the sources used. This is great if you are a fan of Elton and want a display book for your shelf or coffee table. It is the kind of book to be enjoyed by looking through pages and finding your favorite memories of him.

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This is a very nice photographic biography following Elton John and his career.

The information covers roughly 1947 - present day.

I really appreciated this book, mainly because of the beautiful photography. Almost, if not every page has pictures that are relevant, adding depth to the content. I received this e-book in exchange for an honest review, but I also think I am going to purchase this for my library as well.

Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group and Motorbooks, this book was a good find!

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