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Elton John
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17 July 2012

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.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (17 July 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1444757008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444757002
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. (Bill Clinton)

'Heartbreaking and inspiring... truly unforgettable' (The Star)

It is gripping, emotional reading, penned beautifully by Elton. (Mail on Sunday)

This is a well researched, thoughtful book that should be required breading for anyone involved in the fight against any horrible disease, especially one that carries the stigma Aids still does. It provides a lesson in how to fight both illness and prejudice. Sir Elton has every right to be proud. (Sunday Express)

Engaging (Sunday Times)

Sincere, impassioned... powerful, persuasive... He is convincing in his belief that the eradication of AIDS is not an impossible dream. (The Herald)

What makes this book so important and readable is Elton's eloquent voice as an activist... Even if you know all the facts and figures, he has a way of presenting them and his case in such a simple and clear headed way. .. You'll be hard pushed to find such a compassionate and pragmatic case for the eradication of AIDS through basic human compassion. (Gay Times)

The book provides a lesson in how to fight illness and prejudice. Sir Elton John has every right to be proud (International Express)

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The first ever book by music legend Sir Elton John is the personal, passionate and illuminating journey of his fight to end the AIDS epidemic.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book about AIDS 21 July 2012
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you care about AIDS, buy this book! 30 July 2012
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A greater understanding 22 Aug 2012
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This is a marvellous book written by an icon. Elton's honesty is a revelation. It has given me a far greater understanding of HIV & the AIDS pandemic than anything I've read before. Love really is the cure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars incredible! 18 Aug 2012
By charlie
im a die hard elton john fan and know everything about his life and his music, however i wasent sure about buying this book as im interested in him more than i am on the aids epidemic so i wasent going to buy this book. But i bought it for holiday and could not stop reading, once youve red the first page you cant take your eyes off.

this books is eye opening and gives you some terrible facts but explains where the EJAF are in almost beating the fight against aids.
defiently worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book! 11 Aug 2012
By Lynette
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This is an incredible written book, written by a generous and amazing man. I hope this raises even more awareness, productivity and hope for every person who has been affected by HIV/AIDS.
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