Cover Photo: Their Songs: The Ballad of Elton John and Bernie Taupin by Michael Gonzales

Their Songs: The Ballad of Elton John and Bernie Taupin

Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin collaborated to create timeless pop songs during the 1970s.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

House of MysteryHouse of SecretsTiger Beat,16,Circus,Hit ParadeRight On!

Elton John Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye to Norma Jeanand Other ThingsEmpty Sky


Phonograph RecordTumbleweed Connection

Beat Instrumental



The Brady Bunch

Elton John Greatest Hits



CARtoonsSt. Catherine Press

TommyCaptain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy(“Prima Donna lord you really should have been there / Sitting like a princess perched in her electric chair.”


Captain Fantastic,


Captain FantasticMelody Maker,

(“Waking up to washing up/Making up your bed/Lazy days my razor blade/Could use a better edge”

Captain Fantastic and the Brown DirtRolling Stone

RocketmanCaptain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy


Michael A. Gonzales has written essays and articles for The Pitchfork Review, Complex, Best African-American Essays 2010 edited by Gerald Early, Stop Smiling and Co-author of Bring the Noise: A Guide to Rap Music and Hip-Hop Culture (1991), he has written music journalism for Vibe, Red Bull Academy, The Village Voice,The Wire, and Wax Poetics. His short fiction has appeared in Bronx Biannual, Brown Sugar, Black Pulp and Crime Factory. A columnist for, Gonzales is currently finishing his literary New York City hip-hop novel Boom for Real.