The New York Times - January 8, 2012
Fans of Elton John, below, will have to wait a little longer for
his memoir of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. But his publisher is
expected to announce Monday that Mr. John, 64, has signed up to
write his first book, about his experience in fighting AIDS. The
book, titled "Love Is the Cure," will be "the very personal
stories of Sir Elton's life during the AIDS epidemic, including
his agony at seeing friend after friend perish needlessly," said
his publisher, Little, Brown & Company. Mr. John had long
wondered why greater effort was not made to cure the disease.
"Why are we not doing more?" he wrote in an e-mail from his
publisher. "This is a question I have thought deeply about, and
wish to answer -- and to help change -- by writing this book." Mr.
John, a longtime AIDS activist, founded the Elton John Aids
Foundation in 1992. Michael Pietsch, the publisher of Little,
Brown, will edit the book, to be released in July. A number of
musicians, including Keith Richards, Patti Smith, Pete Townshend
and Sammy Hagar, have lined up in recent years to write memoirs.
Robert Barnett, the Washington lawyer who represented Mr. John in
the deal, said that Mr. John had no such plans.