Lol Tolhurst From The Cure Unplugged and Totally Uncut
For the first time in the band’s forty-year history, here is the incredible story of The Cure—virtual inventors of alternative music—from someone who was there at the very beginning. Because Robert Smith prefers to let the band’s songs speak for themselves, Cured is the only insider memoir of the group that’s helped generations navigate their angst-filled teen years.
A founding “imaginary boy,” Lol Tolhurst threads the genesis of The Cure through his adolescence with Smith, the iconic leader of the group, to their stratospheric rise as one of the most influential, critically acclaimed, and commercially successful bands of modern times. After forming in 1976, Lol and The Cure racked up an impressive number of achievements that includes selling over 27 million units worldwide and earning 40 Platinum and Gold Records in the U.S., Europe and Japan. The band’s journey to global success is woven into a story that reveals the highs and lows of the lifelong friendship between Lol and Robert, who met at age five on their first day of school together in Crawley, England, 1964.
For both diehards and the uninitiated, Cured highlights the parts of a creative trek that are not normally revealed to fans, as Lol takes readers on his personal odyssey from suburban London to the Mojave desert and across the miles of love, addiction, pain, forgiveness and redemption.
“This is a record of the things that have kept me awake at 4 a.m., the precious flowers of the past blooming in the dark corners of memory,” writes Lol. “I have tried my best to capture whatever that light shone on. I hope it illuminates events for you as much as it has for me.” Cured is the story of a timeless band and a life truly lived.
Pearl Thompson, who played guitar for The Cure and created the majority of the band’s album art, had a hand in designing the book’s cover art.
LOL TOLHURST BIO
Lol Tolhurst is a musician, writer and performer.
He is best known as a founding member of the band that virtually invented alternative music, The Cure. Formed in 1976, The Cure is one of the most influential, successful and critically acclaimed bands of its generation.
As The Cure’s drummer, Lol toured the globe many times over, supporting the ground-breaking albums Three Imaginary Boys, Seventeen Seconds, Faith and Pornography. He took on keyboard duties in the mid-eighties until his departure from the band in 1989, at the time of their masterwork Disintegration.
In the early nineties, Lol relocated to Southern California where he continues to write, record and tour with his own band, Levinhurst.
More recently, 2011 saw a momentous reunion tour with his former bandmates and Lol performing with The Cure again for the first time in over twenty years.
He lives in Los Angeles.