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Rocket Man: The Encyclopedia of Elton John Hardcover – November 30, 1995


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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood (November 30, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313297002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313297007
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,115,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elton John reached superstar status in the mid-1970s but then suffered a dry spell in the 1980s, owing chiefly to drug and alcohol problems. After kicking his habits in the early 1990s, he has experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years and captured a GrammyR and an OscarR for The Lion King's "Can You Feel the Love Tonight." His fans will welcome this slim volume as a definitive fact-finding tool. Want to know about those funky frames that Elton wears on stage? The entry under "Glasses" gives the entire history. Can't remember which album "Philadelphia Freedom" was on? Every song that Elton has recorded and information about it is included in the song section. A well-known authority on the singer and an editor of an Elton fan magazine, respectively, Bernardin and Stanton wrote Rocket Man: The Encyclopedia of Elton John (Greenwood, 1995), of which this is a revised, more trade-oriented edition. The current version is highly recommended for public libraries that already have some basic material on Elton John as the book is difficult to follow without some elementary knowledge of the singer. Libraries with the previous edition can skip this one.?Regina L. Beach, Mississippi State Univ. Lib.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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.,."With over 25 top-40 albums and over 50 top-100 singles in the last 25 years (including a top-40 hit every year since 1970), Rocket Man is a much needed addition to the study of this polular artist....Rocket Man belongs in major public libraries and those academic libraries with large popular culture and music collections. Anyone interested in the career of this enduring popular artist would also find it a welcome addition to a personal library."-H-Net Book Review

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1998
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I don't know whether there is copyright over a book "format", but I really think "...from A to Z" should become a book series, like "The Complete Guide to the Music of..." This is easily the best reference book ever published about a single artist. It is divided in three parts: the "A-Z" itself (the entries are quite informative and comprehensive), albums (in-depth reviews and reference to alternate versions of songs) and songs (where they can be found in Elton's discography). If only all reference books were like this... That's why I suggest that this format become a series. What about "David Bowie from A-Z"?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 1998
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this is a book i've been waiting for for a long time. not only does it serve as a mini encyclopeadia there's also a comprehensive list of songs and a section that reviews each album through 1995 's made in england. for the elton completist this book will him or her well
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 2000
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This book is okay, but not great. It isn't a biography, but rather a compilation of facts about people, events, and things in Elton's life in alphabetical order. It does however give some really good info on Elton.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Georgeou on September 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
Dates,songs,eras in Elton's career;it's all here.
The author who did research on this book,Claude Bernardin,did an outstanding job.His research was relentless.
I prefer this book to many others because it is an encyclopedia type book and facts are easily found.
Alot of information on unreleased songs, which is my favorite part of the book.
I recommend this book to all Elton John enthusiasts.
It is a book you must have in your library if you are a die hard Elton John fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By barb campbell on June 18, 2001
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Mr.Bernardin has shared his wealth of knowledge on the subject of Elton John in a clear, concise and enjoyable format. I highly recommend the book to anyone who wants to know the all of Elton.
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