Scattershot : life, music, Elton, and me

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New York : Hachette Books, 2023.
First edition.
9780306828676, 0306828677
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xii, 400 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Adult Nonfiction
782.42166 TAU
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New York : Hachette Books, 2023.
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"This is the memoir music fans have been waiting for. Half of one of the greatest creative partnerships in popular music, Bernie Taupin is the man who wrote the lyrics for Elton John, who conceived the ideas that spawned countless hits and sold millions and millions of records. Together, they were a duo, a unit, an immovable object. Their extraordinary half-century-and-counting creative relationship has been chronicled in biopics (like 2019's Rocketman) and even John's own autobiography, Me. But Taupin, a famously private person, has kept his own account of their adventures close to his chest, until now. Written with honesty and candor, Scattershot allows the reader to witness events unfolding from Taupin's singular perspective -- sometimes front and center, sometimes from the edge, yet always described vibrantly, with an infectious energy that only a vivid songwriter's prose could offer. From his childhood in the East Midlands of England, where his imagination was sparked and forever informed by the distinctly American mythopoetics of country music and cowboy culture, to the glittering, star-studded fishbowl of '70s and '80s Beverly Hills, Scattershot is simultaneously a Tom Jones­-like picaresque journey across a landscape of unforgettable characters, as well as a striking, first-hand account of a creative era like no other and one man's experience at the core of it. An exciting, multidecade whirlwind told in a nonlinear yet grounded narrative, Scattershot whizzes around the world as we ride shotgun with Bernie through his extraordinary life. We visit Los Angeles with him and Elton on the cusp of global fame. We spend time with him in Australia, almost in residency at an infamous rock 'n' roll hotel in an endless blizzard of drugs. And we spend late-night hours with John Lennon, with Bob Marley, and hanging with Frank Sinatra. And beyond the world of popular music, we witness memorable encounters with writers like Graham Greene, painters like Andy Warhol and Salvador Dalí, and scores of notable misfits, miscreants, eccentrics, and geniuses, known and unknown. Even if they're not famous in their own right, they are stars on the page, and we discover how they inspired the indelible lyrics to songs such as "Tiny Dancer," "Candle in the Wind," "Bennie and the Jets," and so many more. Unique and utterly compelling, Scattershot will transport the reader across the decades and around the globe, along the way meeting some of the greatest creative minds of the twentieth century, and into the vivid imaginings of one of music's most legendary lyricists."--,Provided by publisher.


APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Taupin, B. (2023). Scattershot: life, music, Elton, and me (First edition.). Hachette Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Taupin, Bernie. 2023. Scattershot: Life, Music, Elton, and Me. Hachette Books.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Taupin, Bernie. Scattershot: Life, Music, Elton, and Me Hachette Books, 2023.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Taupin, Bernie. Scattershot: Life, Music, Elton, and Me First edition., Hachette Books, 2023.

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