Love Is the Cure: On Life, Loss and the End of AIDS
Through personal stories of close encounters with people like Ryan White, Freddie Mercury and many others, Sir Elton will convey the personal toll AIDS has taken on his life and his infinite determination to stop its spread. In the 1980s, Elton John saw friend after friend, loved one after loved one, perish needlessly from AIDS. In the midst of the plague, he befriended Ryan White, a young Indiana boy ostracized by his town and his school because of the HIV infection he had contracted from a blood transfusion. 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. He has done this through the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised and donated $275 million to date to fighting the disease worldwide. Love Is The Cure is Elton's personal account of his life during the AIDS epidemic, including stories of his close friendships with Ryan White, Freddie Mercury, Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, and others, and the story of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. With powerful conviction and emotional force, Elton conveys the personal toll AIDS has taken on his life - and his infinite determination to stop its spread. Elton writes, 'This is a disease that must be cured not by a miraculous vaccine, but by changing hearts and minds, and through a collective effort to break down social barriers and to build bridges of compassion. Why are we not doing more This is a question I have thought deeply about, and wish to answer - and help to change - by writing this book.'
The sale of Love Is the Cure will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
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. Elton John 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, he received the Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contributions to American culture and excellence through the performing arts.
The Elton John AIDS Foundation, 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.