Watch: Tony King on the AIDS crisis in 1980s New York
By Tony King, 2 March 2023
Tony King, author of The Tastemaker, lived through an era of seismic social, technological and cultural transformation.
Tony experienced these defining moments as an influential figure in London and New York’s gay scenes. Despite his success in the music business, he would soon learn that a glittering career couldn’t shield him from heartbreak. Tony was a witness to the AIDS crisis and the devastating consequence it had on New York’s gay community. Here, he talks about witnessing the beginning of the crisis in the 1980s, the devastating experience of watching close friends die, his own diagnosis with HIV, and the lasting impact of that period in his life.