Elton John has announced a “no-holds-barred” autobiography that will chart his life and decades-long career.

The publisher Henry Holt & Company, a division of Macmillan, announced on Thursday that it had obtained the English-language rights to the memoir, which it called a “no-holds-barred account of Elton’s life,” written with the critic Alexis Petridis.

In a statement, Mr. John, 69, 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.”


John gave a hint of what the book might contain, adding, “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.”

In an interview earlier this year with The New York Times, Mr. John, anticipating the release of his 33rd studio album, again stressed his aversion to looking backward and said that his new music was “an example of the energy I have at this very moment in my life, which I’m very grateful for.”


Since 2011, in addition to near-constant touring, the singer, known for his decades of hits including “Rocket Man,” “Bennie and the Jets” and “Tiny Dancer,” has maintained an occasional residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. On Wednesday, he announced four additional shows there this winter, beginning Dec. 28 and continuing through New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Though he prefers to resist the urge, Elton John will temporarily submit to nostalgia for a special occasion: the release of his autobiography in 2019.

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