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Author Topic: And The Band Played On  (Read 1253 times)

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Offline wolfter

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And The Band Played On
« on: March 15, 2012, 03:12:23 PM »
The first time I watched this movie, I almost couldn't deal with my emotions.  I decided to get it from the library again after all these years.  Even though I've hardened over time, I again was overwhelmed with emotion.

I'm sure there are other threads about this movie, but another can't hurt.  I managed to not cry through the entire thing this time....I must be growing emotionally.

Complacency is the enemy.  ;)  Challenge yourself daily for maximum  return on investment.

Offline liketheboat

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Re: And The Band Played On
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2012, 04:08:27 PM »
I just read that book for the first time a few weeks ago. Amazing read! I highly reccomend it to anyone that is interested in the early days of the AIDS epidemic.
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Offline bmancanfly

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Re: And The Band Played On
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2012, 04:12:18 PM »
I thought the book was great.  Couldn't put it down.  I'd also highly recommend it to anyone interested.
"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."

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Re: And The Band Played On
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2012, 05:13:53 PM »
It was a good book.  The author does spend quite a bit of time focusing on Gaetan Dugas though.  Part of it seemed a little accusatory.  The section where he describes gaetan in the bath house telling his trick "i have aids and now so do you" after turning on the lights and showing his Kaposi sores.  I read a review later that said that was made up and never happened.  Kind of felt like he was doing the blame game.  Which continues today.  Does the movie spend a lot of time on this?

Wow, this thread is kind of like book club
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Offline wolfter

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Re: And The Band Played On
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2012, 11:38:29 PM »
I spent the entire day thinking through my own history after watching this again. 
There were many relevant points made that finally allowed me to realize that many communities were devastated early on that will never be written about. 

The "straight" press didn't mention this problem and therefore many of us in our small ass communities only had our religious leaders to guide us. 

We had our own version of patient zero here in our small little community.  What wasn't be told was that the entire nation was at risk.  I'm awed at the reality looking back.  For such a small community, we had a high mortality rate from this disease that wasn't even named. 

Of all the obits that I look at, only one cites AIDS.  I knew so many who died of mysterious diseases and cancers.  We had so many who died from suicide that didn't fit the profile of someone who would.  Those stories will need to be told to put an accurate face on this disease. 

We had a guy we grew up that moved to the big LA in the late 70's and returned about the time I was graduating from highschool.  I never slept with him, but I slept with most of the people he did. 

But we weren't at risk.  Yet our small village has witnessed the disease and seen many fine people die way too young. 

And Bug, if criticism is all you got from this story, there's not much more I can add that can help deal with the horrible crisis we endured.


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Offline jackfrost

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Re: And The Band Played On
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2012, 04:57:02 PM »
I just finished reading the book, I couldn't put it down.

Offline surf18

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Re: And The Band Played On
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2012, 05:44:27 PM »
i just read it on vacation via kindle and it was great. i too couldn't put it down. sad though very sad. the death of that guy gary walsh pushed me to tears.
like i said in a previous post i couldn't even begin to imagine what it was like to live as a gay man during that time. terrible. though bath houses sounded like fun. haha

Offline rjoh

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Re: And The Band Played On
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2012, 05:49:05 AM »
I read the book shortly after it was first published and can remember being very angry with everyone involved.....doctors, activists, politicians, you name it.

When the movie came out, I remember watching it and some of those same feelings came out, with one new feeling.....I cannot watch any movie with Alan Alda again. His role as Saint Gallo has permanently been etched in my brain.

I just watched it again last week. It is still powerful.

I am currently reading a book "My Own Country" by Dr. Abraham Verghese, an ID doctor of Indian heritage that chronicles his own experiences through the early days of the epidemic in a small Tennesee town. It is informative and a good read.


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