Me by Elton John: Few rock autobiographies have been so nakedly revealing

Singer documents troubled upbringing before a rollicking run through his life in the spotlight

Elton John performs at the 3Arena in Dublin in June. File photograph: Laura Hutton

Elton John performs at the 3Arena in Dublin in June. File photograph: Laura Hutton

Some autobiographies fail due to the rock star memoirist insisting on writing every word, irrespective of his experience in the field; others can be doomed by the employment of a ghost writer more interested in fact and formula than on capturing the essence of his subject.

Thankfully, Elton John avoids these pitfalls and, assisted by journalist Alexis Petridis, produces a remarkably self-lacerating and frequently hilarious account of a fantastic life.

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