Elton John Writing 'Cathartic' Memoir for 2019

Elton John performs in 2016
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Elton John performs at the Wiltern on Feb. 5, 2016 in Los Angeles.

The Rocket Man is set to become a man of letters with the release of his first memoir, set for publishing in 2019.

"I'm not prone to being a nostalgic person," Sir Elton said in a statement. "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."

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The New York Times reports that Henry Holt & Company, a division of Macmillan, won the rights to the book over two other publishers.

John is working with The Guardian critic Alexis Petridis on the autobiography, which follows a string of acclaimed memoirs from rock icons over the last decade. Following the release of Bob Dylan's critically acclaimed and commercially successful Chronicles: Volume One, memoirs have followed by everyone from Keith Richards to Patti Smith to Morrissey.

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