Elton John to write of 'crazy life' in memoir

Elton John is joining the hit parade of rock stars writing their memoirs.

The colorful singer/songwriter will publish his autobiography worldwide in 2019. It was acquired in the U.S. by publisher Henry Holt and in the U.K. by Pan Macmillan.

In announcing the as yet untitled book, the British rocker said his “crazy life” has been “one helluva roller coaster ride.”

John, 69, known for his flamboyant stage presence, continues to perform his many hits, which include Your Song, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Candle in the Wind.

In a statement released Thursday by his publisher, John said, “I’m not prone to being a nostalgic person. I’m often accused of only looking forward to my next gig or creative project. It’s come as quite a surprise how cathartic I am finding the process of writing my memoirs. As I look back, I realize what a crazy life I have had the extreme privilege of living.  I have grown up in a period of extraordinary change in our world — and have had the joyful honor of rubbing shoulders and working with so many of the people at the heart of these changes. My life has been one helluva roller coaster ride and it’s still lumbering on.”

According to his publisher, the book will be a "no-holds-barred account" of John's life.

In addition to his music, John, who has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Sir Elton (yes, he’s been knighted) has sold more than 250 million records worldwide, according to his website. The Tony and Grammy Award winner also has composed for Broadway (The Lion King).

He currently has a "Million Dollar Piano" residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

John joins a chorus of rockers who’ve been telling their life stories in book form. Bruce Springsteen has a current USA TODAY best seller with his memoir,  Born to Run. Phil Collins will publish his autobiography later this month.

Keith Richards, Billy Idol, Neil Young, Patti Smith and Chrissie Hynde are among rock stars to publish memoirs in recent years.


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