Coming on September 12th is Bernie Taupin's long-awaited memoir, Scattershot: Life, Music, Elton, And Me. The book by Elton John's longtime collaborator promises a non-holds barred look at his life writing the lyrics to Elton's biggest hits and the life-changing trip he stumbled upon as the pair became, arguably, the most popular and successful songwriting team of the 1970's.
Rolling Stone ran an excerpt from the book's official announcement, which states: "Readers visit Los Angeles with Bernie and Elton on the cusp of global fame. We spend time in Australia at an infamous rock n' roll hotel in an endless blizzard of drugs and spend late-night hours with John Lennon, Bob Marley, and Frank Sinatra."
It goes on to say, "Beyond the world of popular music, we witness memorable encounters with writers like Graham Greene, painters like Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali, and scores of notable misfits, miscreants, eccentrics, and geniuses, known and unknown. And of course, 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.
Bernie Taupin in a statement:
It was never my intention to write a traditional A-to-Z autobiography. I began a few years back composing essays and observations on my life that ultimately gained momentum and started to look like a book. . . It’s contemplative, self-assessing, and attempts to stay off the beaten path in not regurgitating what’s already been written. Nonlinear, it’s an exploratory trip bouncing back and forth along the decades.