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"On a damp September morning in 1964, my mother threw Robert Smith and me together. A bus had been arranged to take children from the outlying areas to St. Francis of Assisi School in Crawley. On our first day of school, Robert and I stood at the designated stop at Hevers Avenue with our mothers, and that's when we met for the very first time. We were five years old."
So began a lifelong friendship that 14 years later would result in the formation of The Cure, a quintessential postpunk band whose albums - such as "Three Imaginary Boys", "Pornography", and "Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me" - remain among the best loved and most influential of all time.
As two of the first punks in the provincial English town of Crawley, Lol Tolhurst and Robert Smith didn't have it easy. Outsiders from the start, theirs was a friendship based initially on proximity and a shared love of music, from the punk that was raging in nearby London to the groundbreaking experimentation of David Bowie's Berlin Trilogy. First known as The Easy Cure, they began playing in pubs and soon developed their own unique style and approach to songwriting, resulting in timeless songs that sparked a deep sense of identification and empathy in listeners, songs like "Boys Don't Cry", "Just Like Heaven", and "Why Can't I Be You?," spearheading a new subculture dubbed "Goth" by the press. The music of The Cure was not only accessible, but also deeply subversive, challenging conventional notions of pop music and gender roles while inspiring a generation of devoted fans and a revolution in style.
Cured is not only the first insider account of the early days of the band, it is a revealing look at the artistic evolution of the enigmatic Robert Smith, the iconic lead singer, songwriter, and innovative guitarist at the heart of The Cure. A deeply rebellious, sensitive, tough, and often surprisingly "normal" young man, Smith was from the start destined for stardom, a fearless nonconformist and provocateur who soon found his own musical language through which to express his considerable and unique talent.
But there was also a dark side to The Cure's intense and bewildering success. Tolhurst, on drums and keyboards, was nursing a growing alcoholism that would destroy his place in The Cure and nearly end his life. Cured tells the harrowing and unforgettable story of his crash and burn, recovery, and rebirth. Now, more than a quarter century sober, Tolhurst looks back on those days with clear-eyed honesty, delivering an inspiring account of his redemption and the process of coming to peace with The Cure and its continuing legacy.
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By Amazon Customer on 10-24-16
Would you listen to Cured again? Why?
I've started it over already
What was one of the most memorable moments of Cured?
The younger stories were great to hear. It's hard to imagine Lol or Robert fighting skinheads!
What about Lol Tolhurst’s performance did you like?
He seemed genuine in his performance. You could tell this meant a lot to him.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, but of course it's to long for that.
Any additional comments?
As a Cure fan I'm biased admittedly. But I thought this book was really well done. It puts a new light on the songs up through Disintegration for me and I'll take any reason to go back and listen to those albums. Nice job Lol!!! Write more!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Goobs on 10-24-16
Thank you Lol!
As someone who grew up around alcoholism going back several generations this was a very inspiring story of not only breaking that cycle, but truly being a very present father. That Lol could come back from that not only for himself, but for his son, and his future is fantastic. Thank you for all the beautiful music, and this incredible story. It has meant so much to me in my life, and am glad you have sorted all your demons.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful