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An Interview With The Man Behind Latest Elton Bio
October 2007 @ 16:03
David Buckley‘s Elton: The Biography is now out in the U.S.
The writer spoke to EJW about this, observing that the book seems to be receiving more coverage in the States than in Britain. Among those reviewing the tome have been Publishers Weekly and Seattle Gay News, not to mention various Web sites.
David, who has previously penned five music biographies (two focusing on David Bowie; and one each about the Stranglers, R.E.M. and Roxy Music) was also heartened by how many people helped with the project. One was Gary Osborne, interviewed four times. Besides penning a ”very touching foreword,” the lyricist was ”wonderfully encouraging.”
Long-standing sound man Clive Franks offered ”great insight into Elton,” as did former drummer Charlie Morgan.
Paul Buckmaster sent ”loads of excellent material about the making of the early records,” although unfortunately much didn’t make it to the final edit.
David says he was pleased to be able to contact Mick Inkpen and Rex Bishop from Bluesology, and was saddened by the passing of the latter a few months ago.
The author admits that while he enjoyed some of Elton’s seventies and eighties songs, he was hardly an enthusiast. However, he’s glad he did the biography because he became ”a real fan” and discovered quite a few records he had overlooked.
”To my eternal shame, I had never heard Tumbleweed Connection before!”
Buckley himself, when he was around 11 or 12, living in Liverpool, used to compose ditties, sing them in his bedroom and record them. A bit later, the youngster used to play DJ with his brother, recording introductions and sketches, playing music, then taping. But he doesn’t believe he is talented enough to perform.
Of course that’s not so when it comes to other creative endeavours. Buckley has written for Mojo magazine since 2002 and is a researcher for The Encyclopaedia of Popular Music of The World. He also says he’s developing some ideas for possible use on UK radio.
In addition, the author hopes to do a book about electronic pop.
”It was my real musical love when I was growing up,” he explains, ”and I’d be happy to write about the days when some of us wanted to ban all guitars!”