And the Band Played On

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And the Band Played On: People, Politics, and the AIDS Epidemic (ISBN 0613298721) is a 1987 book written by San Francisco Chronicle journalist Randy Shilts, chronicling the early years of AIDS, with a special emphasis on alleged government indifference. The book won the 1988 Stonewall Book Award.

The book is an extensive work of investigatory journalism, written in the form of an extended timeline, with the events that shaped the epidemic presented as sequential matter-of-fact summaries. It includes extensive discussion of Gaëtan Dugas, the so-called "Patient Zero" of AIDS. This was based on an early AIDS study by Dr. William Darrow of the Centers for Disease Control. However, four years after the publication of Shilts' book, Dr. Darrow repudiated his study, admitting its methods were flawed and that Shilts' had totally misrepresented its conclusions.

And the Band Played On was used as the basis for a 1993 HBO movie of the same name, starring Matthew Modine as Donald Francis and Richard Masur as Bill Darrow, doctors at the Centers for Disease Control, and Alan Alda as real-life controversial viral researcher Robert Gallo.

Elton John's The Last Song was heard at the end of the film, appearing during a closing montage featuring many celebrities who died of "AIDS", such as musician Freddie Mercury, actors Rock Hudson, Anthony Perkins and Robert Reed, tennis player Arthur Ashe, nurse and AIDS poster boy Bobbi Campbell and fashion designer Willi Smith. [1]

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This page uses content from the Randy_Shilts article on Wikipedia, captured on 6 Feb 2006. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with the AIDS Wiki, the text of Wikipedia is available under the GNU Free Documentation License.