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Book: Elton John

Chapter: Rock ‘n’ Soul Celebrity

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.23947


Another feature of the Elton John persona shared with Paul McCartney is his status as a show business, media and international celebrity, which reached a peak with his performance at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. After a brief discussion of the nature of ‘celebrity’, this chapter explores the public narrative of Elton John’s life, constructed through such themes as addiction, sexuality and charity.

Chapter 6. The Critical Response

The book concludes with an examination and analysis of the various explanations of Elton John’s work and life proposed by a range of biographers, media commentators and music critics.

Chapter Contributors

  • Dave Laing ( - d.laing) 'University of Liverpool and University of East Anglia'