Debut book deal: Elton John writing about personal experiences with AIDS epidemic
Sir Elton John is swapping his microphone for pen and paper – he's signed up to write his debut book.
And the Rocket Man is using the deal to educate the masses by reflecting on his personal experiences with the global AIDS epidemic.
The singer has signed an exclusive deal to publish the tome, with proceeds from sales going to his Elton John Aids Foundation, which he launched in 1992.
Book deal: Sir Elton John has signed a deal to publish his first book to raise money and awareness about the global AIDS epidemic
Sir Elton is set to release Love Is The Cure: Ending The Global Aids Epidemic in July, to coincide with an international Aids conference in Washington, DC.
In the book the singer will open up about losing friends, including late Queen rocker Freddie Mercury, and he's hoping it will help kill the stigma surrounding the disease.
He says: '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.
Philanthropist: The Rocket Man will give proceeds from the sale of the book, which is to be released in 2012, to his Elton John Aids Foundation
'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 non-fiction book is described as 'the very personal story of Sir Elton's life during the Aids epidemic, including his agony at seeing friend after friend perish needlessly'.
Elton will publish the book through Hodder & Stoughton, while an audio book will also feature his voice.
HIV/AIDS has claimed 60 million lives, and there are 34 million HIV-positive people in the world today.
For every two people who start treatment, another five contract HIV.