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- Posted on Jan 9th 2012 5:00PM by Jason MacNeil
According to Reuters, 'LOVE IS THE CURE: Ending the Global AIDS Epidemic' will be published by Hodder & Stoughton and will be a "very personal story of Elton's life during the AIDS epidemic, including his agony at seeing friend after friend perish needlessly." An audio book version will also be released with John providing the voice for it.
The book, which will be published this July to coincide with the 2012 XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., will include his relationships with the late Queen singer Freddie Mercury who died from AIDS-related illness in 1991.
In a TV interview from a few years back, John recalled spending time with Mercury during his final days. "When he was sick, when he was dying, I used to go around and see him. I was one of the few people who did. I couldn't stay there very long, only about an hour at time, because I found it so painful, so traumatizing, to watch him. He was so brave," John recalled. "He was still spending money and buying things at auction right up to the moment he died, which I thought was hilarious and the kind of thing i probably would do. That Christmas, after he died, I got a present delivered to me."
John's book will also feature Ryan White, the American teenager John befriended after White was banned from school due to the illness. John was with the 18-year-old White when he died in 1990.
"I would gladly give my fame and fortune if only I could have one more conversation with you," the friend who changed my life as well as the lives of millions living with HIV," John wrote in a letter to White in 2010, commemorating the 20th anniversary of his death.
"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," the singer said regarding the book. "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."
John established his AIDS Foundation in the U.S. in 1992 and the following year in Britain. According to the charity's site, the U.S. and British charities have raised over $225 million to support projects in over 50 countries.
The singer -- who is nominated for an upcoming Academy Award for Best Original Song -- has a handful of South American dates next month before a string of dates in Las Vegas as part of his ongoing show the Million Dollar Piano at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.