Summary

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.
©2016 Laurence A. Tolhurst (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By J Lusk on 13-07-17

Good read but some reservations

Great book, filled in most gaps about the Cure's early years. Lol is a great writer, perhaps nobody could of done a better job. My concern is the chapter where Andy Anderson gets sacked for umm basically being black and Andy having to deal with overt racism from hotel staff, which was apparently inconvenient to the band. If that's not what really happened, well Lol did not explain the situ well. My other comment is that Lol did not explain what it was like watching the Cure from 91 to the present day, he covers such a small proportion of the Cure's history and given by the time he wrote this book, he had made up with the band, why didn't he try and at least cover those missing years in some way, even as an observer or vicariously with conversations with the current band members? That aside, a great read, and encourage every Cure fan to do so

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2 out of 5 stars
By M. Richards on 08-05-17

Cured? Bored!

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It's not that I disliked the book but, compared to other musicians' memoirs, this is quite a bland read. It has its moments, but they are too few and far between to make this book a worthy purchase for anyone other than an obsessive fan of the band. Lol himself sounds bored throughout.

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