Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Tale of an Imaginary Boy

Meeting one of the founders of The Cure was something I never thought I would do in my life, yet thanks to The Booksellers at Laurelwood, I did.

I was introduced to the Goth scene during my years at university; during my time, it was known as the Second Wave of Goth - bands like Rosetta Stone, Switchblade Symphony, Machines of Loving Grace (yes, they were Industrial), The Shroud and many others. When I went to my first Goth Night, I felt as though I had slipped into another world, one in which people didn't look at me like I was some freak, or that I was trying to "be" something else. I was simply a young woman who liked a lot of black and read a lot of vampire and other novels. The Goth subculture may have evolved with more cyber influences, yet the feeling, the music, is still the same. Goth is very much a state of mind. Being an Elder Goth is awesome! But I digress.

(Letter to Elise)

Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys is the story of Lol Tolhurst, co-founder of The Cure. Within this quick yet highly insightful read is the rise and fall and rise again of one of the most influential bands in the history of music. To some, The Cure was just a Goth band. To many others, they were what they felt yet didn't know how to express it. From their debut album, Three Imaginary Boys, to 4:13 Dream, The Cure's music has been a place where people who think outside of the norm could feel understood. The founders came from a small suburban town in England and dreamt of escaping. Through their music, they were able to do so. Cured is about The Cure, as seen and experienced through Tolhurst, who went to Hell and back several times on a wave of alcohol. Yet, after many years of abusing himself, he finally found the strength to clean himself up and return to what he loved - music.


This memoir is a short read yet you will never listen to The Cure's music the same way again. While reading the book, I listened to Three Imaginary Boys and Pornography as well as some of my favourite Cure songs like 39 and Letter to Elise. I hate to sound cliche, but they really are works of dark and intelligent art. Tolhurst spoke about his friendship with Robert and that they are still friends to this day. Tolhurst, like Robert, were and still are people who are not meant to be in cubicles. They were meant to make the imaginary so very real.

Excellent read, Mr. Tolhurst. Thank you for visiting Memphis!


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