Book Of Love


At that point in the AIDS crisis in the late 80s, so many people in our world were just dropping off, and it was a gay issue and a downtown artists' issue, so we felt like doing what we could on that level

Ted Ottoviano,

Book of Love is an American synthpop and electronic band, formed in 1983 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and later based out of New York City. Led by vocalist Susan Ottaviano, the band also includes keyboardists Ted Ottaviano, Lauren Roselli and Jade Lee. The band gained its first exposure as the opening act for two Depeche Mode tours in 1985 and 1986. The group has been described by the Houston Press as “forward thinking” for lyrics dealing with sexual orientation and gender roles. The group’s largest exposure on pop radio was with the song “Pretty Boys And Pretty Girls”, one of the first songs to openly address the AIDS epidemic. In February, 2001 – sixteen years after its first dance chart entry – Book of Love had its first number-one hit on the US dance chart.