Love Is The Cure on Life, Loss, And The End Of AIDS by Elton John

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In the 1980’s, in the heart of the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic, Elton John watched helplessly as friends too numerous to count, succumbed to this frightening illness.  It wasn’t until he was in a waiting room one day and read an article on Ryan White, the young boy born a hemophiliac, who contracted AIDS through blood transfusions and then was attacked by the school district and parents of students who did not want him to return to school and put (as they thought at the time) their own children at risk of contacting AIDS.

Elton John was furious about the treatment of Ryan White.  While working on cleaning up his own addiction to drugs at the time he conquered this and befriended White and his family.  This began Elton Johns campaign to help others move beyond the stigma of AIDS. 

Love is the Cure is about Elton’s work through The Elton John AIDS Foundation that has raised over $275 million dollars as of the date of this book to fight the disease worldwide.  Impressively, Elton’s campaign has done wonders in third world countries where AIDS is extremely high due to rape, and unprotected sex. 

 

 

I have huge compassion for people with AIDS.  I am a part of a local camp that raises money for AIDS awareness and have met wonderful people through this.  People that I am proud to call my friends. 

When I seen Elton’s book I knew I had to listen to it to hear his thoughts on AIDS.  For the most part, I liked what he said.   It was interesting to listen to this audio, narrated (BRILLIANTLY) by him, as he talked about the early years of AIDS his lack of attentiveness, and to now all that is being done around the world and what has yet to be done. 

Elton had and has powerful connections to Presidents, Musicians, and Actors.  I was impressed to hear all that Bill Clinton has done in the war against AIDS.  I was also saddened as Elton John talked about some of the brilliant people who lost that war, Freddie Mercury (QUEEN), Rock Hudson, Liberace, Anthony Perkins, Issac Asimov, Robert Reed, just to name very few…

Elton’s book is factual, and it is personal.  I am always stunned by the numbers, 34 million people as of 2010 who has been reported as having AIDS, that number is in fact considerably greater as some states to this day do not report AIDS cases and  many never seek treatment and go undiagnosed. 

An eye-opening look at the battle that while not as talked about as it once was, is still being fought to this day. 

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Posted on February 23, 2013, in audio review and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I’m a huge Elton John fan (especially his work from the early 1970s and his recent stuff. Not so much his disney years). I think what he has done here is admirable and I hope this book raises awareness. But I could never listen to Elton read an entire book to me. His speaking voice makes me want to punch things.

  2. I have a friend who has AIDS. It is a subject I do not hold lightly, and think this would be an eye-opening read for some who maybe are somewhat still uneducated or ignorant due to lack of knowledge or of knowing a person infected. I’ll be sure to watch for this book.

  3. Did the book make the distinction in those numbers between those who are HIV Positive vs. those with full-blown AIDS? It is encouraging that some with positive HIV can live indefinitely without the disease progressing, with the help of some medications that have been developed in recent years. This sounds like a great book.

  4. I’m sure that this story was greatly impacted by his own narration. Being a teen in the late 80’s and also having a best friend that was gay, was very eye-opening and scary for me. It is amazing how far we’ve come but also sad that we have so much further to go…

    • Well put Stacy. I used to think that we much be way more educated now because we don’t talk about AIDS like we used to, but when I talk to people I realize that we are still so uneducated… so far to go, as you said :)

  5. AIDS is truly a sad epidemic, especially in Africa where a lot of the victims are children.

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