‘s new book about Elton focuses on two stars. One is the rocker and his rise from jobbing songwriter to the breakthrough gigs at California’s Troubadour
club in 1970.
The other is Tin Pan Alley itself. Denmark Street, in London’s West End, was home to Britain’s music publishing industry. A world filled with sharp, but often surprisingly generous, publishers and the composers who needed to sell them their songs to survive. Elton and Bernie Taupin found themselves in exactly this position before success came knocking.
The book jacket was designed by David Larkham, who was responsible for many classic EJ album covers, with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road among them. While paperback versions of Tin Pan Alley: The Rise of Elton John are now on sale, there is also a special souvenir for fans – a strictly limited edition hardback which shows off Davids beautiful jacket to best advantage.
EJW is currently running a contest, with a chance to win one of two such collectible copies of Tin Pan Alley: The Rise of Elton John. Just answer the question, What was the name of the pub that the singer, then known as ‘Reg,’ played in during his early years?
Just one entry per person will be accepted, and this competition, which ends on the first of August, is open to fans worldwide.