By Ariana Bacle
Updated October 13, 2016 at 01:54 PM EDT
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Elton John is working on a memoir, U.S. publisher Henry Holt and U.K. sister company Pan Macmillan announced Thursday. This will be the award-winning musician’s first book.

“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. 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. My life has been one helluva rollercoaster ride and it’s still lumbering on. I hope readers will enjoy the ride too.”

““Elton John is an extraordinary pop culture figure whose celebrity transcends his music,” said Stephen Rubin,​ President and Publisher of Holt. “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.”

John is co-writing the autobiography — described as a “no-holds-barred account of Elton’s life and work as the most enduring singer-songwriter of his generation” — with journalist Alexis Petridis. It will arrive in 2019.