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When We Rise Audiobook

When We Rise: My Life in the Movement

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Publisher's Summary

The partial inspiration for the forthcoming ABC miniseries from Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and executive producer Gus Van Sant, starring Guy Pearce, Mary-Louise Parker, Carrie Preston, and Rachel Griffiths.

From longtime activist Cleve Jones, here is a sweeping, beautifully written memoir about a full and remarkable American life. Jones brings to life the magnetic spell cast by 1970s San Francisco, the drama and heartbreak of the AIDS crisis and the vibrant generation of gay men lost to it, and his activist work on labor, immigration, and gay rights, which continues today.

Born in 1954, Cleve Jones was among the last generation of gay Americans who grew up wondering if there were others out there like himself. There were. As did thousands of young gay people, Jones moved to San Francisco in the early '70s, nearly penniless, finding a city electrified by progressive politics and sexual liberation. Jones met lovers, developed intense friendships, and found his calling in "the movement".

Jones dove into politics and activism, taking an internship in the office of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, who became Jones' mentor before his murder in 1978. With the advent of the AIDS crisis in the early '80s, Jones emerged as one of the gay community's most outspoken leaders. He cofounded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and later the AIDS Memorial Quilt, one of the largest public art projects in history.

©2016 Cleve Jones (P)2016 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Cleve Jones is a history buff who has himself become part of history. He has been at the epicenter of the LGBT movement for over 45 years. Now, in When We Rise, Cleve takes us along on his personal journey in the fight for equal rights - a journey filled with humor, sadness, love and ultimately profound change." (Rob Reiner)

"Some people witness history; other actually make it happen. Cleve Jones, by planting himself boldly in the eye of the storm, has succeeded brilliantly at doing both." (Armistead Maupin, New York Times best-selling author of the Tales of the City series)

"Enlightening.... Unsparing.... Powerful." (Booklist)

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    Jimmy McBride Baltimore, MD 12-12-16
    Jimmy McBride Baltimore, MD 12-12-16 Listener Since 2006

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    "It's a Blue Whale! Oh, Mary don"t ask!"

    I purchased the Audible version and have listened to it on my daily walks. From the second chapter I got sad knowing that I would eventually come to the ending and wouldn't be able to hear it for the first time ever again. Today, that day came and i'm missing it already. I would recommend the audio version as Mr. Jones is an engaging speaker and it's always great to hear someone reading their own work. It made my daily (sometimes monotonous) walks fly by.

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    Laura Colorado, USA 12-04-16
    Laura Colorado, USA 12-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspiring!"

    I listened to Cleve's interview on Fresh Air w/ T. Gross. I was so captivated I then listened to Cleve's memoir. I was not disappointed. Many of the events happened in my childhood and were brought into full color and texture by Cleve's writing. The depth of the struggles and the remarkable courage to confront them is inspiring!

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    "Essential reading"

    A heart-rending historical and personal account of the gay rights movement and the AIDS crisis. This book is essential reading for any involved in politics or activism of any kind.

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    Cristina DiGioia 01-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Required reading for every activist!"

    This memoir is at once both magnificently beautiful and absolutely heartbreaking.

    It begins with a colorful and fascinating recounting of his youth in San Francisco and his fearless and eye-opening travels abroad. I believe that he lived more life in his 20s than most of us will in an entire lifetime.

    Cleve then goes on to paint a picture of the terrible fear and devastation that AIDS brought to the community. It is impossible to read this section without tears.

    The post-AIDS crisis section is markedly more optimistic and provides a quick look at the political progress of the last decade or so.

    I have been an LGBTQ activist for over a decade, and I still learned so much from this book! Cleve Jones is a living civil rights legend, and I hung on every word of this brilliant memoir.

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    LYNNETTE PEASE 12-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Be forewarned..."

    This is a memoir...not a history of the movement. Overall, it was good, especially the parts about the origins of the rainbow flag, the quilt, and the making of the movie Milk.

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    Casey M. Boswell 03-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Cleve tells our history like listening to a friend"

    simply loved this, nearly every word so familiar, every place talk about was my own, every struggle erily similar to my own life. Thank you Cleve for your dedication to people like me, to our community and for showing us despite the mountains you have been able to move, you are simply on of the gurls at heart....love love loved it.

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    Dale M. Ahrendt 03-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An incredible story of an amzing life"
    If you could sum up When We Rise in three words, what would they be?

    Touching, heart-wrenching, inspiring


    What did you like best about this story?

    Is is an inspiring story of a man that never stopped trying to do what was right, no matter what barriers he had to overcome. Even the deaths of his friends and community, and potentially his own.


    Which character – as performed by Cleve Jones – was your favorite?

    Cleve Jones himself. Hearing the emotion in his voice as he tells his story created a connection that helps you feel the events as they happen.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    He has been portrayed in film. But "The Generation that didn't give in, or give up" sums it up


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVED THIS BOOK. I admire the man and respect his story. It is a life I could never have endured, but thanks to him and many others of his generation, I won’t have to.

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    Pamela VanGuelpen 03-07-17
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    "Inspiring, stunning"

    I could not be more impressed by this captivating, inspiring and thoughtful memoir. Listening to the author's own voice as we relive the triumphs and heartbreaks of his life had me in tears along with him. I'm from the Bay Area and am truley inspirired to have him as my neighbor and learn of the important history and work that was done before I was born. If I can make a fraction of the difference he has had on our world, that will be success. I feel more hopeful than I have I quite a long time. I can not wait to listen to his voice again.

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    Zachary Carr 02-15-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Terrific memoir of a life in activism"

    And read powerfully by the author. Combines the personal and the political, the local and the global, all through interesting stories well told.

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    Michael Cook 02-07-17 Member Since 2011
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    "the right book at the right time"

    much to my surprise I needed to hear this book now in 2017. to remember the past 40 years and where I was during that time. to remember the trials the adversaries the triumphs the resets. the current generation may have to win battles that had previously been won. but they will know the past and that they are not breaking new ground

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