A Nice Pair: Elton John

Before we delve into today’s book and music pairing, we’d like to wish a Happy Father’s Day to those celebrating!

If your celebrations involve books or vinyl – or even better, both – we’re here with today’s recommendation. How about rolling everything into one, continuing our celebration of Pride Month, by pairing Elton John: The Biography with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by gay icon and father (and singer/pianist/composer/etc/etc) Elton John?

Drawing on many firsthand interviews with his associates and musical collaborators, Elton John: The Biography by David Buckley traces Elton’s intriguing journey through life as the colossus of camp, his impact on the struggle for LGBTQ rights and efforts to fight AIDS, while also offering a critical history of his work and a fresh analysis of his contributions to popular music. This book is also one of our Backbeat Bargain Books – a brand new book, specially priced at just $9.95.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is Elton John’s seventh studio album and features hits like Candle in the Wind, the US number-one single Bennie and the Jets, Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting and, of course, the title track Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. It’s sold over 20 million copies worldwide and is widely regarded as Elton John’s magnum opus.