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Love Is the Cure: On Life, Loss, and the End of AIDS Hardcover – July 17, 2012

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"My friend Elton John has touched us all with his music and with the countless lives he has saved through his AIDS Foundation. Now he has given us a deeply personal story of struggle and perseverance in the fight against this terrible disease. Few people know more than Elton about what it will take to end AIDS. His wonderful new book will convince you there's cause for hope--and inspire you to be part of the solution."--President Bill Clinton

"Love is the Cure is strong medicine, and Elton is an inspiration."--Joan Rivers

"Heartbreaking....A resounding message of hope."--The Miami Herald

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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780316219907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316219907
  • ASIN: 0316219908
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Elizabeth Rosenthal on July 30, 2012
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If you want a book about Elton's life, with all the gossip, the music, the costumes, the flowers, the feathers, the tiaras, the tantrums, the ups, and the downs, not to mention his genius, you will have to look elsewhere. This book is not for you. But if you are interested in Elton's charitable endeavors, or the AIDS epidemic, or the social and health issues that face humanity, or if you would like to support the Elton John AIDS Foundation, you should buy this book (proceeds from which benefit the EJAF) and read it.

Elton John should be commended for making his first book not a self-congratulatory autobiography but a plea for help in his chief passion, the fight against AIDS. Yes, Love is the Cure contains many autobiographical elements. Elton explains how his young friend, AIDS victim and activist Ryan White, unwittingly placed the musician on the path to recovery from life-threatening multiple addictions. This, in turn, enabled Elton to do what he wishes he'd done sooner - become a volunteer, activist, and fundraiser extraordinaire to rid the world of AIDS and the mass suffering, social and economic disruption, and terrible deaths it causes.

We read how Elton took many valuable lessons from his own experiences - before, during and after rehab - and applied them to his work against AIDS. For example, through his leadership, the EJAF has been very aggressive in reaching out to marginalized populations, including not just men who have sex with men, but sex workers, intravenous drug users, prison inmates, and the desperately poor, in countries around the globe. EJAF monies are funneled to local organizations in such diverse places as South Africa and Ukraine designed to meet very specific needs.
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Elton John is the rarest of celebrities. He is one of a handful of famous people who's talent and appeal allows them to remain an A list star decade after decade. We all know of his musical genius. I've always been fascinated by his larger than life...well ..life. I remember seeing him being interviewed by Tom Snyder many years ago on that late late night talk show. He admitted his "bi-sexuality" during that interview. It was a different time and it was scandalous to say the least. It was big news and of course the judgement and homophobia was quick to follow. It was at that moment that my admiration for Elton John began. Years later he became one of the very first celebrities to advocate for those suffering from HIV and AIDS. He and Elizabeth Taylor were the first and the biggest stars to tackle a very unpopular cause. His personal friendship and support for Ryan White and his family as well as his founding of The Elton John AIDS Foundation showed he will willing to walk the talk. My respect for Elton grew stronger. When he came out as a gay man, knowing the possible effects on his career, my respect for him grew even stronger. When he married his longtime partner David and later became a father, my respect and admiration, well you know -.
I've always wanted to know more about the man behind the public persona. I really never thought he would write an autobiography. Although he's been prolific as a performer and philanthropist, and has been interviewed many times, he has kept a great deal of his private life out of the public eye. He's certainly outspoken on almost any subject (and anybody) that he has an opinion on. He's done outrageous and provocative things and has offended countless celebs with his brutal honesty. But there was for me a great curiosity about what made him tick.
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I'm an Elton fan but wasn't sure whether to buy his first book. It's not an autobiography, but a book about AIDS; its impact on Elton (and friends tragically lost), the work that his foundation and others have done to combat the disease- in the face of obstacles- and what needs to be done to erase it.

Elton describes movingly how his life was turned round from a low point of drugs, alcohol and bulimia by Ryan White, a boy with AIDS he befriended who was atrociously treated in his home town in the USA. It was only with Ryan's death that Elton cleaned up his life and made a belated but significant effort to combat AIDS, setting up the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Elton is proud of its work and the many international projects it has funded, but goes beyond self-congratulation to address issues of stigma as well as social, governmental, institutional and corporate responses. He praises various heroes in the struggle as well as criticising some (in politics, religion and business) whose bigoted, ignorant or greedy attitudes have exacerbated the problem.

Since for Elton "AIDS might as well stand for "Appalling Indifference to the Disenfranchised in Society"" the cure for the problem involves a wholesale shift from stigmatising various marginalised groups to compassion and love for fellow human beings- a cure that is certainly achievable with genuine will.

I'm very glad i've read the book. It's not the work of a self-serving celebrity dabbler but of someone who is highly informed, involved and committed to the cause. Elton is to be commended for being so articulate, persuasive and finally inspirational on a subject dear to his heart.
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