Elton John has signed a worldwide deal with Henry Holt and Macmillan to publish his memoir, scheduled for release in 2019.

"I’m not prone to being a nostalgic person. 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," admitted John in a press release announcing the project. "As I look back, I realize what a crazy life I have had the extreme privilege of living."

"Elton John is an extraordinary pop culture figure whose celebrity transcends his music," added Macmillan president Stephen Rubin. "Sure, we know the lyrics to all his signature songs, but we love him just as much for his charity work, for his wide circle of friends, including royalty, for his supremely unforgettable outrageousness and sense of style and humor, and for his irresistible likability. To publish this fabulous story in his own singular voice is thrilling."

The book, billed as John's "first and only official autobiography," is currently in progress, with John working alongside Guardian music critic Alexis Petridis. The publisher promises a "no-holds-barred account" of his life, while John has hinted at a story that frames his life and career against a post-World War II backdrop of political and cultural upheaval.

"I have grown up in a period of extraordinary change in our world – and have had the joyful honor of rubbing shoulders and working with so many of the people at the heart of these changes," he added. "My life has been one helluva roller-coaster ride and it’s still lumbering on. I hope readers will enjoy the ride too."

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