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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (228 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elton John Narrator: Elton John Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”

Sales of Love Is the Cure benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “Sir Elton John doesn’t just talk the talk; he walks the walk. His Elton John AIDS Foundation, which was founded a full twenty years ago, has raised and donated more than a quarter of a billion dollars to fight the disease. In this book, which will benefit that worthy charity, the beloved singer offers a candid, powerful personal account of the effects of this forty-year plague on his friends and associates, famous and not famous.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestseller (extended list)
  • A 2013 Audie Award Finalist for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrew Huang | 1/16/2014

    " Very personal book from Elton about AIDS and his involvement and lack of involvement as the crisis unfolded. It's a good glimpse as to what makes Elton tick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sam | 1/16/2014

    " Well-written; VERY focused on the policial situation surrounded the AIDS crisis. Strongest when it gets away from this and goes into Elton's personal experiences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Manisha | 1/4/2014

    " I really love Elton John and what a huge activist he is for AIDS. I wasn't crazy about his writing style but love the passion and dedication he has to this cause and how knowledgeable he is on it. I also loved all the little vignettes about his own life and the lives of people that he was touched by. I would give it a 3.5ish (for mostly the repetitive writing) but because it is Elton John and how gloriously great he is, and how he doesn't really need to do anything if he doesn't want to, I have to go with the 4. Very interesting and informative read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sadie | 10/29/2013

    " I would have liked more information and insight into Elton John's life but I respect his efforts at AIDS advocacy, awareness, and eradication. A book that clearly shows his passion for AIDS and he accurately addresses why AIDS isn't already eradicated. It affects marginalized populations disproportionately. (Lots of info. for a sermon). "

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About the Author

Sir Elton John is one of the most esteemed, beloved, and bestselling songwriters, performers, and recording artists in history. His monumental career has spanned five decades, during which time he has sold 250 million records worldwide. His single “Candle in the Wind 1997,” a tribute to his friend Princess Diana, is the bestselling single in Billboard history. He has received numerous Grammy Awards, an Academy Award for The Lion King, and several Tony Awards. In 1998 Queen Elizabeth knighted him, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, and in 2004 he received the Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contributions to American culture and excellence through the performing arts. The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), founded in 1992, has raised $275 million to fight the AIDS epidemic and help those affected by it. EJAF has supported hundreds of projects in fifty-five countries.