Elton John to remember Queen’s Freddie Mercury in his book about AIDS

Singer says he hopes 'to break down social barriers and to build bridges of compassion

Elton John has announced that he is to write a book, which will be a collection of memories and meditations on the fight against AIDS.

The book, which is set to be titled Love Is the Cure: Ending the Global AIDS Epidemic, will be published in July and will include John’s memories of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991 from an AIDS related illness. The book will also include John’s memories of Ryan White, a teenage activist who fought a high profile legal battle against his own US high school after they tried to expel him upon discovering he was HIV positive.

Elton John wrote of his plans for the book: “AIDS 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.”

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.”

Elton John recently revealed that he wants Justin Timberlake to play him in a biopic about his life.

Speaking about Rocketman, the planned film of his life, John said of his choice to play him: “I’ve got a wish list of people. Number One on my wish list is Justin Timberlake, because he played me before in a David LaChapelle video of ‘Rocket Man’ and was superb.”