- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Press; Reprint edition (October 31, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0306825813
- ISBN-13: 978-0306825811
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 98 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A remarkably moving redemption narrative"--Pitchfork
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"[Tolhurst] is...an unsparing narrator."--Salon.com
"Compulsively readable... A fascinating chronicle not only of one man's disintegration and renewal, not only of two boys' unique friendship, but also of an incredibly important era in music."--Yahoo! Music
About the Author
Laurence "Lol" Tolhurst formed The Cure with Robert Smith in 1978. The Cure would go on to chart an impressive selection of achievements that includes selling over 27 million units worldwide and earning 40 Platinum and Gold Records. Lol, who continues to write and perform, makes his home in Los Angeles.
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The reason I have to deduct a star is that Lol's recounting of 1985-1989 seems insufficiently thorough. This can be blamed in part on Lol’s out-of-control alcoholism and diminishing role in the band, but there are three omissions I find particularly odd. First, while Lol discusses songs like Killing An Arab, Let's Go To Bed, The Walk, and Love Cats at length, he has nothing to say about any of the prolific songs which emerged during the 1985-1989 period like Inbetween Days, Close To Me, Just Like Heaven, or Lovesong, let alone the colorful videos Tim Pope made for Close To Me and Why Can’t I Be You? He mentions Robert's room catching fire during the Disintegration sessions, but stops just short of saying this was the inspiration for Pictures Of You. Nor does Lol state which of his, albeit few, ideas made it to the Disintegration album (Homesick is rumored to stem from one of his demos). Second, Lol doesn’t even mention Roger O’Donnell (“a midterm addition to the band”) until the book’s last chapter on the 2011 Reflections shows. In reality, Roger joined in 1987 because of Lol’s incompetence, and even filled in for Lol at shows where he was too drunk to perform. Third, I’ve read many articles describing Lol as the butt of vicious abuse by other band members in the late 80s- Robert even penned Shiver and Shake and Babble about him. Lol has nothing to say about this either.
That being said, do get this book if you’re a Cure fan, because you’ll probably learn something. I emerged with a newfound respect for both Robert and Lol. Robert, the enigmatic figure who’s “part of this world and also not part of it,” and someone who fought hard for his success, as well as Lol’s protection. Lol, someone who while not very technically proficient, served as the band’s “X Factor,” and likely kept Robert from disbanding The Cure altogether circa 1983/84.
Mr. Tolhurst is a talented writer. He's very clear and direct. You feel the wonder of a suburban kid propelled onto a big stage and the hopelessness of alcoholism. I love The Cure, and there's a lot of background here for fans like me who are less students of the men than the music. The book doesn't waste too much time on salacious details or get bogged down very much in band history, but you get an idea of how the band came together and built themselves to international acclaim. You also get a very moving testimony on the effects alcoholism and depression can have on a life. I've had several friends who have struggled with addiction of one sort or another. I've seen how it eats away anything else, leaving an empty hole. Tolhurst has obviously done quite a bit of soul searching before writing this, and it's an encouraging read. Struggling with depression and addiction can practically turn you into another creature altogether, and if you're fortunate enough to walk away from it alive and sane, you can find relationships with those you love and who love you irreparably damaged. Tolhurst has faced that, showed strength and courage turning it around and sharing his story no doubt will help many fighting their way out of similar holes.