Henry Holt, Pan Macmillan To Publish Elton John Memoir
October 13, 2016 at 12:35 PM (PT)
HENRY HOLT announced today that the company has acquired ELTON JOHN's autobiography alongside sister company PAN MACMILLAN in LONDON, for publication worldwide in 2019.
HOLT President/Publisher STEPHEN RUBIN and Editor In Chief GILLIAN BLAKE, along with MACMILLAN MD ANTHONY FORBES WATSON and Publisher JEREMY TREVANTHAN jointly acquired the world ENGLISH rights from WYLIE AGENCY's ANDREW WYLIE.
Commented ELTON JOHN: “I’m not prone to being a nostalgic person. I’m often accused of only looking forward to my next gig or creative project. It’s come as quite a surprise how cathartic I am finding the process of writing my memoirs. As I look back, I realize what a crazy life I have had the extreme privilege of living. I have grown up in a period of extraordinary change in our world – and have had the joyful honor of rubbing shoulders and working with so many of the people at the heart of these changes. My life has been one helluva rollercoaster ride and it’s still lumbering on. I hope readers will enjoy the ride too.”
The book, which will be his first and only official autobiography is being written by ELTON with writer and music critic ALEX PETRIDIS and promises to be a "no-holds-barred" account of his life and work as the most enduring singer songwriter of his generation.
Commented HOLT's RUBIN: “ELTON JOHN is an extraordinary pop culture figure whose celebrity transcends his music. Sure we know the lyrics to all his signature songs, but we love him just as much for his charity work, for his wide circle of friends, including royalty, for his supremely unforgettable outrageousness and sense of style and humor, and for his irresistible likability. To publish this fabulous story in his own singular voice is thrilling.”
The two companies bought WORLD ENGLISH, audio and first serial rights to the book. HOLT will publish in the U.S. and CANADA; PAN MACMILLAN in the U.K., EMEA, AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND, INDIA and SOUTH AFRICA.