Coming of age in Thatcher's Britain in the late '70s and early '80s was really tough, especially if you lived in Crawley. But against the grinding austerity, social unrest and suburban boredom, the spark of rebellion that was punk set alight three young men who would become one of the most revered and successful bands of their generation: The Cure.
Cured is a memoir by Lol Tolhurst, one of the founding imaginary boys, who met Robert Smith when they were six. Lol threads the genesis of The Cure through his schoolboy years with Smith, the iconic leader of the group, and the band's most successful era in the 1980s. He takes us up to the present day, a riveting 40 years since the band's inception. The band's journey to worldwide success is woven into a story not only of great highs and lows but also of love, friendship, pain, forgiveness and, ultimately, redemption on a beach in Hawaii.
Cured highlights those parts of the creative journey that are not normally revealed to fans, incorporating many firsthand recollections around Lol's personal odyssey. From suburban London to the Mojave Desert, Cured brings an acute eye for the times to bear on a lifelong friendship, with tales of addiction and despair along the way. Cured is the story of a timeless band and a life truly lived.
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As a lapsed Cure fan who's been to see them 5 or 6 times years ago I wasn't sure if this would be that interesting to me but I absolutely loved it from start to finish. In particular it's wonderful how Lol's love for Robert leaps out from Lol's words again and again.
It was heartbreaking to hear the details of their fallout and I couldn't stop the tears rolling down my cheeks when they made up.
There are numerous moments of deep sorrow and many of soaring joy, both had me crying, I wanted to give Lol and Robert a huge hug after listening- and the rest of The Cure and the other characters!
I loved it I loved it I loved it.
I have of course been revisiting the music since I started the book and I've remembered why I love it so much.
"An unimaginable tale well told by one boy."
Anyone who has grown up with the Cure: listened to the music ; gone to concerts will love this book. Robert Smith always comes to the fore but Tolhurst is, probably, 2nd when it comes to the band this book reminds of the fact many players were involved throughout the band's history. Smith, rightly given prominence but this restores Tolhusrt to its history. It explains his own rise and drink lead downfall- dismissed eventually from the Cure. Tolhurst's account is warm, funny review of time in the band and after. Offers lovely glances of other members, Smith, Gallup, et al. Also provides an honest look into his own ironic disintegration and inability to deal with the times and lack of input later on. One may want some dirt? There is none. Cured is Tolhurst' s tale of redemption.
"Fantastic memoir and insight into the creative process"
if you're looking for name dropping, bitchiness or salacious rock and roll excess then this isn't for you. That said it's a fascinating insight, particularly, the early years and formation of the Cure. What I liked about this book was the author's complete honesty and finally complete acceptance of the part they played through the highs and the lows. What I also like is that the story comes full circle and there is redemption in the end. This book also confirms something I've always thought in that Robert Smith, Lol Tolhurst etc are thoroughly nice blokes and that for them it was/is all about the music and creative process not like so many bands now where it's about being famous. Love this book.
Just finished listening and what a cracking listen that was! Wonderfully written and performed, Lol paints some stunning feelings of nostalgia in the earlier chapters and relays what feels a very personal (and at times unflattering) recount. A fascinating story, especially for fans.
"A story of redemption"
Great book for any cure fan, first half in particular.
Second half is a great story of survival and redemption. I ended up going back and listening to each album as it was discussed.
The head on the door is a classic.
"Thoughtful,well told and felt totally honest."
Yes as Lols reading of the book really added to the feel of the story throughout.
Lols total honesty and humour.
Cured - one musicians journey through time,relationships and the music business
One of my favourite audio books ever and I have read and listened to hundreds of autobiographies - Thanks Lol.
"A Fascinating Gift for Cure Fans."
As many other Cure fans over the world and over time, I've always wanted to know more about this secretive and media shy band. That's part of the intrigue beyond the music.
Lol writes and reads a fascinating account of the beginnings and journey of the band through to the 2011 Reflections tour and beyond. All of it is in itself a reflection. Written from a place of reconciliation with his brothers, my life-long heroes, and his demons, this book has opened my eyes to a few truths about The Cure and Lol's relationship with Robert Smith (I love them more than ever).
Lol tells the story with emotion and with the experience of having been there; on tour, in the studio, the darkest moments and the brightest. It's funny because many chapters are underscored by an album being written, recorded and toured.Because I am what may be considered a hardcore Cure fan, Lol forces me to look back over my life which has been punctuated by album releases and venues where I saw the Cure live. Many of these are mentioned in the book and sometimes the nostalgia is overwhelming. I remember much of it from my fan's eye view.
All of the characters! They are all real and a part of my history. Learning more about them through Lol's words after so long makes me very happy. Decades of collecting information and reading interviews with the band provide a slanted view of the reality, and it is the nature of music industry and the media engine to amplify the mystery.These are real people, who I love from a distance and now they have a more solid shape in my mind.
Everything. Who else could read it?! I missed Lol when he left the band; he was part of the furniture after all. When I saw them on the Reflections tour, and he stepped onto the stage, I was so happy for him, for Simon and Robert and most of all for me. There were tears.Listening to Lol is enjoyable and painful. There were many times where I wondered if his emotions would overcome him. I welled up more than a few times and was right there with him, wishing that he could get his mind to stop defeating him when he was in such an amazing place.Lol reminds me that living in the moment is the most important thing, that fame and money aren't everything when deep down Other Voices are making bad choices.
Yes. I listened compulsively over three days. Cure fans are going to feel the same, and the text will often be analysed I am sure to verify nuggets of information about the band, recording process, etc.
However, I would urge anybody who is battling with themselves from day to day to listen to Lol's story so far.Everything is subject to change, but sometimes you have to go back to go forwards and ultimately you are right where you are, right now.
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