By the time Rock Hudson’s death in alerted all America to the danger of the AIDS epidemic, the disease had spread across the nation, killing thousands of. “Shilts successfully weaves comprehensive investigative reporting and commercial page-turning pacing, political intrigue, and personal tragedy into a landmark. And the Band Played on: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic [Randy Shilts] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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Doctors, blood banks, and drug companies vied to make money as gays, drug users, and recipients of blood transfusions who got blood while blood banks argued against testing blood for the disease because it was expensive died.

This book really reminded me of so many things about the aIDS epidemic that I had forgotten or w This is a great book to read in conjunction with Oshinsky’s Bellevue, which details the history of medicine in general and includes a brief summary of the story told in this book.

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Open Preview See a Problem? As the years go on, those numbers jump to the hundreds, thousands, and then tens of thousands. The author small spoiler died not long after he finished this and you can feel the race against time he must have experienced, amd you read it.

And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic

And the Band Played On: It’s also where I learned that the best intentions can get playfd in the weeds- that people passionately devoted to an idea will serve that idea beyond all reason, that profit comes before people, and that it always takes a movie star to catch the public’s imagination.

I am reminded of the oft noticed phenomenon that when you have personal knowledge of a newspaper story, you are startled by its errors for example, if you were the one interviewedand then realize that the stories that you know nothing about are probably similarly inaccurate. He chronicled the contagion and the death from AIDS of many gay men, which should have shilte compelling, but their tales got lost amid the slough of other names thrown at me.

It was frustrating to see so many people doing nothing when so many plsyed suffering.

Writer Jon Katz explains, “No other mainstream journalist has sounded the alarm so frantically, caught the dimensions of the Shiots tragedy so poignantly or focused so much attention on government delay, the nitpickings of research funding and institutional intrigue”. Many of the victims most in many area’s are gay men. Interestingly enough, the main epidemiologist working at the Centers for Disease Control at the onset of AIDS had been in the field during the discovery of the Ebola virus.


A Drama and Questions”, Sciencepp. It took the diagnosis and death of Rock Hudson and the voice of Elizabeth Taylor, to push things tbe something resembling proper priority, five years after those first young men went to the doctor saying “I don’t feel well. Twenty-nine members of the American Legion died in at a convention in Philadelphia.

Here in the U. It is important to bad history, but this is not an easy book to read.

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Despite the fact that more people were dying from AIDs and it was spreading much more quickly, many medical professionals refused to acknowledge it, the media would not talk bad gay sex, and some people even outright suggested it was the wrath of god, punishing gay men for immoral behaviour. Especially crises that are most devastating to vulnerable communities i. Here we are, in October ofwatching the Ebola crisis finally hitting the U.

Traveling bqnd his airline-employee privileges, he spread it here from coast to coast. That is what I kept going through my head as I was reading this book.

Now, as I work from time to time in sexually transmitted MRSAI see a new need for this book, as both a motivator and as a historical lesson for the masses. Trivia About And the Band Play On a broader level, have our politicians and the media learned playev or will political expediency and newspaper sales still take predence over a rational response to any emerging crisis?

We read Shilts’ book as a text and avoided more technical writing because it lacked the humanity of a person caught in the streets at the beginning of the global epidemic. Lesbians and Gays in the U. But, those genealogies are strategically weaved in both in the Bible and in And the Band Played On to engender credibility by proving interconnections and, more importantly, illustrating a timeline of events. Nobody lifted a finger or spent a penny in those early da Shipts isn’t the best category for me to shelve this title, since the crisis continues, but it was the best I could do.


This book changed my life in the most literal sense imaginable.

Shilts died from complications of AIDS inage We have teams around the world whose job it is to quickly isolate and stop infectious diseases before they can become epidemics. In doing so, he has exposed the notion of objectivity as bankrupt, ineffective, even lethal”. Feb 03, Grumpylibrarian rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Every last friend he had at that time is now a statistic, a monument to a nation that just ad give a damn. Published April 9th by Stonewall Inn Editions first published And the Band Played On film.

It could happen bad.

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I didn’t know it was this pervasive, or this completely and utterly inhuman. Jan 06, Melody rated it it was amazing Shelves: Shilts decided to write And the Band Played On after attending an awards ceremony in where he was to receive a commendation for his coverage on AIDS. Like so many straight people, I had few contacts in the gay world when the AIDS epidemic began to take hold, and since as I now know, thanks bans Shilts almost no major newspapers or media were following the story, it wasn’t until the news broke about Rock Hudson that I began to understand what was happening.

Martin’s dense tomes, but in high fantasy, everyone fights for their lives, and some win and some die.

The Reagan administration that practically ignored the subject. But this banr showed me that I don’t know as much as I thought I knew.

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If feels too similar to the debates we have been having about the environment and global warming. The gay plague got covered only because it finally had struck people who counted, people who were not homosexuals.

All of their tales were incredibly touching. Aug 20, Ram rated it it was amazing Shelves: Men are dying and we in the press cough politely and rhe curtains of discretion across the truth.