Love Is the Cure

On Life, Loss, and the End of AIDS

By Elton John
(Back Bay Books, Paperback, 9780316219914, 256pp.)

Publication Date: November 26, 2013

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Compact Disc, Compact Disc

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Description

A deeply personal account of Elton John's life during the era of AIDS and an inspiring call to action.

In the 1980s, Elton John saw friend after friend, loved one after loved one, perish needlessly from AIDS. He befriended Ryan White, a young Indiana boy ostracized because of his HIV infection. Ryan's inspiring life and devastating death led Elton to two realizations: His own life was a mess. And he had to do something to help stop the AIDS crisis.

Since then, Elton has dedicated himself to overcoming the plague and the stigma of AIDS. The Elton John AIDS Foundation has raised and donated $275 million to date to fighting the disease worldwide. Love Is the Cure includes stories of Elton's close friendships with Ryan White, Freddie Mercury, Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, and others, and the story of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Sales of Love Is the Cure benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.




About the Author

Sir Elton John is one of the most esteemed, beloved, and best-selling songwriters, performers, and recording artists in history. His monumental career has spanned five decades, during which time he has sold 250 million records worldwide. His single, "Candle in the Wind 1997," a tribute to his friend Princess Diana, is the best-selling single in Billboard history. Sir Elton has received numerous Grammy Awards, an Academy Award for The Lion King, and Tony Awards for The Lion King, and Aida, and Billy Elliot. In 1998, the Queen of England knighted him Sir Elton John, CBE. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, and in 2004, Sir Elton received the Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contributions to American culture and excellence through the performing arts. The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), founded in 1992, has raised $275 million to fight the AIDS epidemic and help those affected by it. EJAF has supported hundreds of projects in 55 countries.




NPR
Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012

Elton John spent the 1980s watching loved ones die from HIV and AIDS. Then he met Ryan White, a young hemophiliac shunned after he contracted HIV. White's struggle and death marked a turning point for John, who has since grown into a vocal advocate for AIDS research, prevention and treatment. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Tuesday, Jul 17, 2012

The musician describes his life in the '80s as a "drug-fueled haze," but he says he turned it all around after meeting Ryan White, a teenager who contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion. In Love Is the Cure, John recounts his journey from substance abuse to AIDS advocacy. More at NPR.org

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Praise For Love Is the Cure

"You will walk away with a newfound respect for Elton as a sensitive, single-minded artist....Love is the Cure is strong medicine, and Elton is an inspiration."--Joan Rivers—Beverly Hills Courier

"Heartbreaking...worth checking out for its noble goal: a resounding message of hope."--The Miami Herald

"This inspirational cri de coeur is sure to encourage those in the trenches and compel those on the sidelines to get involved."--Publishers Weekly

"An impassioned plea for understanding and a good layman's guide to the current state of the AIDS crisis."--Kirkus Reviews

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