Elton John to Pen Personal Account of His Experiences With AIDS
Wed, 11 Jan 2012 13:07:27
The Associated Press reports that Elton John will write a personal account of his life experiences as a gay man during the AIDS epidemic, including his friendship with Queen frontman Freddie Mercury who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1991.
John founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation almost 20 years ago to raise funds to help fight the disease, and proceeds from the book Love is the Cure: Ending the Global AIDS Epidemic will go to the charity.
Publishers Hodder & Stoughton promised that the book will be a "very personal story of ... Elton's life during the AIDS epidemic, including his agony at seeing friend after friend perish needlessly."
John also addresses Ryan White, an American boy who became a "poster child" for HIV/AIDS when he was banned from school in the 1980s. John was actually with White in the hospital when he died in 1990. He was just 18.
"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," John said. He continued, "Why are we not doing more? This is a question I have thought deeply about, and wish to answer -- and to help change -- by writing this book."
The book will be published in July 2012, coinciding with 2012 XIX International AIDS Conference to be held in Washington DC.
Will you read Love is the Cure?