The book will be a “no-holds-barred” account that will chart his life and decades-long career.
It will focus on his life from his early career, to his battles with drugs and alcohol, coming out, his activism on gay rights and AIDS, and more recently, family life with partner David Furnish and their children.
“I’m not prone to being a nostalgic person,” John 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.
“My life has been one helluva rollercoaster ride and it’s still lumbering on. I hope readers will enjoy the ride too.”
Over his five decade long career the British singer, who was born Reginald Dwight, has recorded 32 studio albums and several live albums. His numerous hit songs include Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me, Sacrifice, Benny and the Jets and Rocket man.
Alongside his music career Sir Elton has raised millions of dollars for the Elton John Aids Foundation and has been a vocal advocate for marriage equality.
John will write the book with The Guardian music critic Alexis Petridis, and it will be published by Henry Holt in the U.S. and Pan Macmillan in the UK. An exact release date and title have yet to be announced.