Editorial: Dear John

12 September 2017 Amy Hetherington

Editorial: Dear John

Elton John has been on high repeat in The Big Issue office this past week. On the eve of his Australian tour, we’ve been belting out all the bangers: ‘Tiny Dancer’, ‘Daniel’, ‘Your Song’, yes, even ‘Candle in the Wind’ (both versions). Frankly, those high notes in ‘Bennie and the Jets’ weren’t made for the workplace, well, at least when I’m singing. Or attempting to.

It’s been a 1970s flashback for Editorial Coordinator Lorraine Pink, who confessed to “lurking” outside Elton’s house in Watford with her teenage pals. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was newly released, Elton was at peak cool. Lorraine and her mates couldn’t get enough of his music, or his outrageous outfits. So, they’d hang outside Elton’s place on a Saturday, hoping to catch a glimpse of him as he headed out to watch his beloved football team. There was no Beatlemania screaming: “We spent the whole time giggling and wondering what we’d do if we did see him.”

Now, at 70, Elton’s still got it. More than that, as music journalist Stuart Coupe discovers in this edition, he’s been reclaimed by the cool kids. Elton is the muso’s muso; his talent outshines even his most extravagant costumes, and he continues to champion new music. Singer-songwriter Megan Washington pays tribute to her musical hero, from her Grade 3 obsession with ‘Crocodile Rock’ to playing support to Elton on his 2015 Australian tour.

In this edition, we also welcome new Film Editor Annabel Brady-Brown to the fold; and say goodbye and a big thank you to Rebecca Harkins-Cross, who’s brought so much knowledge and passion to the film pages over the past five years.

For those who missed last fortnight’s bumper Fiction Edition, good news: it’s still available. Our vendors will be co-selling the popular issue for the next few weeks, so there’s still time to snap up the collection of 14 short stories from a mix of well-known writers and new authors. Happy reading!

Amy Hetherington, Editor 

This article first appeared in Ed#545 of The Big Issue. Get a copy from your vendor today!