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When We Rise Audiobook

When We Rise: My Life in the Movement

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Publisher's Summary

The partial inspiration for the forthcoming ABC miniseries from Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and executive producer Gus Van Sant, starring Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Carrie Preston, and Rachel Griffiths.

From longtime activist Cleve Jones, here is a sweeping, beautifully written memoir about a full and remarkable American life. Jones brings to life the magnetic spell cast by 1970s San Francisco, the drama and heartbreak of the AIDS crisis and the vibrant generation of gay men lost to it, and his activist work on labor, immigration, and gay rights, which continues today.

Born in 1954, Cleve Jones was among the last generation of gay Americans who grew up wondering if there were others out there like himself. There were. As did thousands of young gay people, Jones moved to San Francisco in the early '70s, nearly penniless, finding a city electrified by progressive politics and sexual liberation. Jones met lovers, developed intense friendships, and found his calling in "the movement".

Jones dove into politics and activism, taking an internship in the office of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, who became Jones' mentor before his murder in 1978. With the advent of the AIDS crisis in the early '80s, Jones emerged as one of the gay community's most outspoken leaders. He cofounded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and later the AIDS Memorial Quilt, one of the largest public art projects in history.

©2016 Cleve Jones (P)2016 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Cleve Jones is a history buff who has himself become part of history. He has been at the epicenter of the LGBT movement for over 45 years. Now, in When We Rise, Cleve takes us along on his personal journey in the fight for equal rights - a journey filled with humor, sadness, love and ultimately profound change." (Rob Reiner)

"Some people witness history; other actually make it happen. Cleve Jones, by planting himself boldly in the eye of the storm, has succeeded brilliantly at doing both." (Armistead Maupin, New York Times best-selling author of the Tales of the City series)

"Enlightening.... Unsparing.... Powerful." (Booklist)

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  • Jimmy McBride
    Baltimore, MD
    12/12/16
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    "It's a Blue Whale! Oh, Mary don"t ask!"

    I purchased the Audible version and have listened to it on my daily walks. From the second chapter I got sad knowing that I would eventually come to the ending and wouldn't be able to hear it for the first time ever again. Today, that day came and i'm missing it already. I would recommend the audio version as Mr. Jones is an engaging speaker and it's always great to hear someone reading their own work. It made my daily (sometimes monotonous) walks fly by.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    Colorado, USA
    04/12/16
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    "Inspiring!"

    I listened to Cleve's interview on Fresh Air w/ T. Gross. I was so captivated I then listened to Cleve's memoir. I was not disappointed. Many of the events happened in my childhood and were brought into full color and texture by Cleve's writing. The depth of the struggles and the remarkable courage to confront them is inspiring!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Candace Wheat
    29/03/17
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    "History"

    So many things we owe thanks for. This book shares many of those things. I am a better person for having listened. If you are interested in where we started and how we got here, look no further! 🏳️‍🌈

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    09/02/17
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    "Essential reading"

    A heart-rending historical and personal account of the gay rights movement and the AIDS crisis. This book is essential reading for any involved in politics or activism of any kind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cristina DiGioia
    24/01/17
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    "Required reading for every activist!"

    This memoir is at once both magnificently beautiful and absolutely heartbreaking.

    It begins with a colorful and fascinating recounting of his youth in San Francisco and his fearless and eye-opening travels abroad. I believe that he lived more life in his 20s than most of us will in an entire lifetime.

    Cleve then goes on to paint a picture of the terrible fear and devastation that AIDS brought to the community. It is impossible to read this section without tears.

    The post-AIDS crisis section is markedly more optimistic and provides a quick look at the political progress of the last decade or so.

    I have been an LGBTQ activist for over a decade, and I still learned so much from this book! Cleve Jones is a living civil rights legend, and I hung on every word of this brilliant memoir.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • LYNNETTE PEASE
    Jacksonville, FL
    14/12/16
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    "Be forewarned..."

    This is a memoir...not a history of the movement. Overall, it was good, especially the parts about the origins of the rainbow flag, the quilt, and the making of the movie Milk.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Brandon
    14/06/17
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    "Amazing"

    A beautiful memoir and I laughed and cried and learned a lot about my queer history from one of its witnesses and agitators and activists. Must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amy
    24/04/17
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    "wow, so great! moving and inspiring. Thank you"

    this was a wonderfully inspiring story told by such a great writer. Thank you for sharing your story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TQMiami
    Miami, FL USA
    19/04/17
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    "Great Story of Our History Through Cleve's Eyes"
    What made the experience of listening to When We Rise the most enjoyable?

    It was from a similar period I live through, so it resonated.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Love the story, but the voice of the narrator made it hard to concentrate due to lack of inflection, etc. Reading vs. Audio would be better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Armando Tejeda
    18/04/17
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    "Absolutely Amazing"

    This is what I wish I had known more about growing up. My heart breaks for how backwards we were and continue to be. Thank you Cleve for putting down on paper our story. And it was an added bonus to hear the man himself reading aloud and feeling those emotions come through. I'll be getting a hard copy of this book and a few for friends to pass along as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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