Elton John has taken advantage of the DVD/Blu-ray release of Rocketman to plug his forthcoming memoir, Me, by including a pamphlet about it.
In an essay titled "Let Me Tell You a Story," he says he resisted looking back on his life for fear of "convincing yourself that everything was better in the past than it is now. If you start thinking that as an artist, you might as well give up writing music for a living and retire."
But when he and husband David Furnish started having children, he wanted them to know who their dad was. "Looking back at my career made me realize how ridiculous it was."
And it was not all fun and games. "There are moments in the book that I don't come out of very well, where I seem completely disgusting and awful, because I was completely disgusting and awful, and there's no reason to pretend otherwise. I can't stand books or movies about rock stars that give you some whitewashed version of reality, that are intent on telling you what a wonderful, perfect person they are. It's boring, because it's a lie: No one is perfect, and certainly no rock star is perfect."
Me will be out on October 15th.