In conversation with novelist and musician Wesley Stace
Legendary English song lyricist Bernie Taupin has worked with Elton John since 1967 and has written the lyrics for most of the iconic performer’s hits, including “Rocket Man,” “Bennie and the Jets,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Your Song,” “I’m Still Standing,” and far too many others to list. One of the most popular, long-lasting, and critically acclaimed partnerships in music history, Taupin and John are the recipients of a lifetime achievement Grammy, an Academy Award, and the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, among many other accolades. Taupin has also written songs for a wide variety of other artists, including Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, and Heart. In 2022 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to music, and this year he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. A memoir about life, rock ’n’ roll, and collaboration, Scattershot tells the inside story of the famously private writer’s art, struggles, and friendships.
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