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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press; Revised edition edition (April 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847727395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847727398
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Apter spent five years as Music Editor of Australian Rollilng Stone and has been writing professionally for 20 years. He is a contributor to Vogue and GQ magazines and also writes for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Bulletin and Australian Hi-Fi. His music books include biographies of Jeff Buckley, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, No Doubt and Dave Grohl - all published by Omnibus Press. He lives in Sydney with his wife and children.

More About the Author

In a career spanning more than 20 years I've written 15 commercially and critically well-received books, including biographies of 'Shirley' Strachan from Skyhooks and Dragon's Marc Hunter.

I also co-wrote the recent Kasey Chambers memoir, called A Little Bird Told Me, and worked with Mark Evans of AC/DC on his bestseller, Dirty Deeds. Kasey's book was part of the '50 Books You Can't Put Down' / Get Reading program in 2011, while Mark's book made NPR's best music books of 2011 list.

In 2005, I worked with test cricketer turned commentator Michael Slater on his book, Slats.
My other books include studies of Jeff Buckley (which has been adapted for a feature film), the Finn brothers and Keith Urban. My books have been translated into numerous languages. I was ghostwriter on a project called In Harm's Way, the story of a former Australian soldier and his attempts to emancipate two children in Lebanon.

My latest book, a biography of Johnny O'Keefe, is out now through Hachette Australia and has been really well received. It was the Sydney Morning Herald's Pick of the Week in their August 10 issue; likewise The Age and the Canberra Times. It was also selected as one of Dymocks key books for Father's Day 2013. I'll have another music-related book on the shelves before the end of 2013, entitled Up From Down Under: How Australian Music Changed the World.

I'm a senior writer for Oz Rolling Stone (where I was on staff for several years) and also write for South Coast Style and the Sydney Morning Herald. I was the music reviewer for The Bulletin for many years and was a senior writer for Vogue. I also contribute to on-line mag the Hoopla.
I'm on Facebook and can also be reached through this site. I'm represented by literary agency Curtis Brown.
See www.jeffapter.com.au and
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chasing-the-Dragon-The-Life-and-Death-of-Marc-Hunter/345514765467426

Customer Reviews

The author really did his research.
Christopher J. Lopa
It doesn't lend a lot of credibility to the rest of the book.
Rich Latta
For Cure fans alike this book is a MUST read!!!
Gregory Orozco

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mary A. Groves on September 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
It's nice to have a Cure biography and there is a heck of a lot of history to go through. In a way it's nice to have the book to make sense of all the different line-ups, who did what when, and how and why everyone came to be in the band.

Also the story in the beginning about Robert's brother taking him to the Isle of Wight festival is priceless. I won't say anymore here so that you'll go get the book!

It probably could be better but there's still enough good info in there for Cure fans that they won't be dissapointed. Another important thing to mention is that he interviewed Lol Tolhurst, and some other former members, so you get more than one perspective on the old days, which is cool.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Orozco on October 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A Great!! GREAT! Book. Starting from when Lol Tolhurst, Mike Dempsey, Simon Gallup, and Robert Smith joined and from other band join ins and outs. Talks an awful lot of Robert Smiths life as a child with his childhood friend and former bandmate Lol Tolhurst. Incredible book!! There is alot more tho that I would have wanted to see. THe author cut off at some songs when introducing an album to speed up the book. Alot of songs were left unspoken of which kinda ticked me off but other than that I LOVED it!!

For Cure fans alike this book is a MUST read!!! It's great! Don't hesitate, buy it!! You will love it!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rich Latta on June 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
From a fan's perspective, it's disheartening to read a biography on the Cure with so many mistakes, especially easily correctable ones pertaining to the discography. It doesn't lend a lot of credibility to the rest of the book. A few times the author Jeff Apter starts talking about a subject as if he's already mentioned it and he hasn't. He often launches annoying, unnecessary barbs at Robert Smith as well. Interviews with disgraced former band member Lol Tolhurst were the main source of material for NEVER ENOUGH which should tell you something. The Cure sanctioned book 10 IMAGINARY YEARS is sited repeatedly, so you may as well go straight to that source even though it came out back in 1988 because it's a fun, informative book about the Cure's first years. Robert Smith himself contributed many fascinating bits of inside information and they aren't always rose-tinted either. When NEVER ENOUGH tackles the Cure's later years without 10 IMAGINARY YEARS to rely on, there is far less inside info. Interestingly, Apter notes that Banshees bassist and former Smith collaborator Steven Severin would only consent to an interview for payment. He should've paid because the book could've really used his input. As it stands, the book does provide some interesting information about life in the Cure, but considering the lack of care that went into this hack job, I don't think we can trust it to be the truth.

rating: not recommended, or marginally recommended to the Cure fan who wants to learn more about the band and doesn't mind slogging through misinformation and boring descriptions of Cure albums.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By @serendipitousP on October 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
i am a diehard cure fan since about 1985, but this book told me so much info i really feel like i did my homework! excellent stories, amazing detailed, fairly balanced on controversial issues, great photos. if you wish you'd been in on the cure during their teenage years, this book will fill you in to a serioius level. truly entertaining read.

i'd recommend this highly...but please avoid In Between Days: An Armchair Guide to the Cure unless you really just want to read discographical info.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By deipnosophist on March 28, 2013
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I will keep this review brief as one word sums up the quality of this book's prose, information and 'texture' : FABULOUS. I have read a lot of music biographies and I rate this as one of the best (and as bonus, it is on occasion, laugh-out-loud funny). For anyone who likes The Cure, just buy it. I am a similar age to the founding members of the band and found myself relating so much to what socially, and whom, musically influenced them. Listen, this is a great story. Five stars, unequivocally.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Lopa on March 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book was absolutely amazing. I have been a serious Cure fan for over 25 years and I must say this book was a fantastic read. The author really did his research. Its definitely a must read for anybody who wants to know the whole story or at least all that the author could get out of the boys.I'll probly read it again there was so much info. The behind the scenes of a band whose career has spanned over 30 years in detail like you can't imagine.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pbrennan on August 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
I got the impression that Robert Smith had a minimal input on this book and consequently although well researched and interesting it appears to do little more than explain the complex network of line up changes that have occurred over the 30+ years of the Cure's existence and the albums they recorderd.

There is a footnote how Steve Severin demanded 200 pound appearance money to give an interview and this was declined. However as Smith was a Banshee throughout the Join Hands tour in 1979 and spent 19 months as part of the band in the early 80's and was involved with the production of Blue Glove and Hyena, it seemed odd that 200 quid was too high a value for the insight that Severin could have provided.

The band were amazingly prolofic with output and touring and despite the multiple line up changes the original nucleus of the band has always kept friendships and have all enjoyed multiple tenures in the various line ups.

I did enjoy the fact that it was not all Robert Snith and found the characters of Gallup and Tolehurst were sufficiently prominent to make the reader view them as very much a part of The Cure and not just Robert Smith's backing band.

Smith does come accross as an individual that knows very much what he wants to do and is not interested in compromise.The way that he handles the sacking of the various band members seemed very cold and at times almost cowardly but the same memebers have been wiling to return and still retain ties.

He is clearly very strong willed and if ever he does commit more to any biography, I am sure that he can add some intersting and amusing tales about the tours and the 6 year LSD bender with Severin, I did find the book lacking in that level of detail.
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