''Rock music plays like a soundtrack throughout our lives and Elton John is certainly a major player in that world.''
That's what Sanford Holst told this Web site. He's an historian who has penned several books, most notably Phoenician Secrets, which resulted in his being elected a member of the prestigious Royal Historical Society in England. His new book, though, covers more recent history.
Boomers Rock Again looks at the 1950s through 1980s, touching on everything from cars and computers to President Kennedy's assassination and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
A good portion is devoted to popular culture, and there are a couple of photos of Elton. The singer is singled out for starting to play piano at the tender age of three, although it's a bit of a mystery, says Holst, as to how he was able to reach the foot pedals.
The writer also observes how far Elton has come, going from a rather humble upbringing to becoming music royalty, being asked to perform at Princess Diana's funeral.
The author believes boomers will experience bursts of happiness and energy by listening to old favourites, whatever the genre. He even lists a few steps on how to go about it, including wearing a dark blue wristband as a reminder to ''keep feeling young.'' For some reason, Holst posts these steps three different times, which seems unnecessary.
One of the better parts of the book concerns the stories of famous boomers. These include a great range of successful figures, with Elton, Cheryl Tiegs, Heather Locklear, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Richard Branson among them.