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.