Audie Award Nominee, Nonfiction, 2013
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.
Born in Scotland, in 1982 I'm off a generation where HIV and AIDS are every day acronymns and for the most part people have gotten over the fear, and the presumption that you have to be a gay man to contract HIV or that not all gay men are HIV positive.
However even though we all now think we know the truth - and if you don't listen to this book - what I didn't know is the struggle that HIV and AIDS victims still have with access to proper medical care and support in the community. The facts and figures - and yes they apply to the so called "Developed countries" too, will enrage you and shame you for your ignorance, the triumphs and tragedies of the people he talks of will break your heart and reduce you to tears.
A well told tale and an insight both into the life of Elton himself and the people who have touched his life.
So enjoyed listening to this audiobook. Elton's narration was perfect, spoken with depth and warmth and from the heart.
Great to better understand how his foundation works and insights into his life.