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- ISBN: 9780957144200 | 0957144202
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 8/1/2013
Tin Pan Alley: The Rise of Elton John takes readers on An epic journey through the music of the 60s and 70s via the early career of Elton John. It explores the close knit community that was the music business in the UK, the changes within Tin Pan Alley and the emergence of Elton John through the eyes of those who not only watched Elton's rising star from the wings, but also knew him out of the spotlight.With first-time access to many of Elton's bandmates, producers and managers, the book recounts Elton's rise and details the never told before circumstances that led to Elton's early years at DJM with the likes of Caleb Quayle and what it was like to work inside the DJM studios.Although no book on Elton John can ever overlook how Elton hooked up with Bernie Taupin, it has never been told as it is here, through the words of Elton's first songwriting partner, Kirk Duncan and Ray Williams, Elton's first Manager.It also describes the recording sessions of such iconic albums as Tumbleweed Connection, Madman Across the Water, Honky Chateau, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and the influence Gus Dudgeon had on Elton's early sound - all told through exclusive author interviews with those who were there in the studios working on the albums.Over 40 people were interviewed include Kiki Dee, Robert Fripp (King Crimson), Mick Inkpen, Rick Wakeman, film director Bryan Forbes. Some of the most enlightening interviews though are with 'ordinary' people, such as Elton's first piano tutor at the Royal Academy of Music.With two picture sections compiled from never-before-seen photographs from the private collections of the author interviewees, which are among the most unique photographs ever seen of Elton - Tin Pan Alley: The Birth of Elton John is the only humorous, dramatic, serious and collectible biography of Elton John's early years from 1964 to 1979 that dares to get up close and personal to Elton's private and public life more than any other book - past, present or future!