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by Barbarian,Steve Sutherland,Robert Smith

The insight watching it all slide by...The open true and dreaming story of the curve. The authorized! the official! the real! and the only.Truth and lies from the mouths that count and the reasons why and the reasons why not. The answers, the explanations, the obscurities and the ways to skin a cat.
Download The Cure: Ten Imaginary Years epub
ISBN: 0946391874
ISBN13: 978-0946391875
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Music
Author: Barbarian,Steve Sutherland,Robert Smith
Language: English
Publisher: Omnibus Pr & Schirmer Trade Books (June 1, 1990)
Pages: 144 pages
ePUB size: 1443 kb
FB2 size: 1247 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 395
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I am a huge fan of The Cure. So when I learned of this book that was published over twenty years ago, I had to read it. Initially this was no easy task because it was difficult to find. A used copy showed up on Amazon and I snatched it.

The book is physically large and filled with great photos of The Cure's early years. Contrary to other reviews I have seen, the book does contain color photos though they are outnumbered by the black-and-whites. For some reason the text is intent on establishing The Cure as a classic heavy drinking/drugging band. I am unsure why because most fans (myself included) love The Cure for their music and phenomenal lyrics. In this regard I would have liked to learn more about the songs, what inspired them and how they were written. Alas, it is not until we get to The Top album that much attention is paid to song meanings. A few snippets address Camus and Killing an Arab, but that is about it. There is nothing about the whole drama that unfolded between The Cure and Penelope Farmer, author of "Charlotte Sometimes (The New York Review Children's Collection)," when the song of the same name was released. (I analyzed the lyrics vs the book on my Cure blog - [...]) There is not a word about "The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy" and its impression on Robert Smith and a number of the band's songs. An entire section could have described the video shot in the insane asylum and what Robert found there. Sigh.

Many bad reviews of The Cure are included in the book and a quarter of a century later appear comical given the wild success of the band. A number of these clippings are so small that one needs a magnifying glass to read them. The exclamation point is used like it is going out of style. But these are small annoyances.

"The Cure: Ten Imaginary Years" is a must for any fan of The Cure. Just the photos alone make it worthwhile, especially those of a beanpole Robert Smith. If you only know Just Like Heaven and Boys Don't Cry, however, you will likely be disappointed by this book. Now, if only The Cure would publish "Twenty Imaginary Years," or better yet "Thirty Imaginary Years!"
Gold as Heart
So great to read about stories behind many songs that soundtracked a good portion of my life and still continue to do so. Book is full of interesting information from the band and Robert himself. Some cool press clippings and tid-bits, it's very Cure, very eclectic; I loved it. The book ends with Kiss me Kiss Me Kiss me being released, so you never get to masterpiece that is Disintegration, and I would love to read about how that all came about, since it was the album that started me on The Cure and the one that I think is just about a handful of musically perfect creations from the first note to the last. I am hoping that part two of the book will come out. Even so, I had such fun couple of afternoons sifting through the book and listening to each album parallel to reading about it. What a great band, what great music legacy they created, and what interesting driving/creative force Robert Smith is. Always loved him, always will. Recommended for fans, or newcomers to their music.
All I can say is thank goodness there is a such thing as satellite radio with wonderful stations such as XM Channel 44 titled 1st Wave. This is the station that already played some of my longtime favorites such as Siouxsie and the Banshees and Kate Bush. It also re-accquanted me with great alternative bands like Echo and the Bunnymen, The Smiths, New Order, and most notably The Cure. The Cure was one of those bands I always seemed to know, yet not. The few tunes that made it to my long ago American Top 40 radio immediately caught my attention as a kid in the 80's, and, strangely enough, I've never not known who Robert Smith was. I must have caught a quick snapshot of him in one of the trillion teeny bop magazines out at the time. I somehow never forgot The Cure's lead vocalist and songwriter. It must have been the Edward Scissorhand aesthetic, which I always found intriguing. Here lately, however, I really began to wonder about this character and his band. By this time I had become very familiar with older singles such as "Killing An Arab", "A Forrest", and "Three Imaginary Boys", and wondered how in the world this band evolved from a rather stark punk sound to the more complex rhythms encountered on tracks such as "Pictures Of You" and "Fascination Street". I decided I needed a good, straight forward guide to answer some questions. I was very happy to find what I was looking for in "Ten Imaginary Years". True, it only covers the first ten years, but jam packed full of interviews of all the members and a great many photos. What I found extremely helpful was the frankness of this biography. It wasn't written to kiss the band's rear. It was very honest in the fact that many critics hated them for not being radio friendly, then questioned integrity when a lighter more juanty tune did break through to the Top 40 charts. On the opposite end, however, this biography was not written as tabloid fodder. Personally, I'm sick and tired of has-been rockers who decide they need pages of a book to spew all their long ago drug induced escapades and groupie trash in order to make the next mortgage payment. Of course, as a group of young guys in the 80's, drugs were around, excessive drinking happened, but as far as information involving significant others, all the members were quite discreet. Bravo! It's about the music these guys have created in their first ten years together, which are, no doubt, some of the most definitive songs of the post-punk era, not how many pieces of trash from the audience came along to the after parties. Again, Bravo! Highly recommended for any Cure-ious fan.
So far pretty good. Lots of first person quotes, like you sat in a room with these guys and interviewed them. Lots of illustrations like newspaper clippings.
Great insight into the formative and developing years of the enigmatic Cure. Members flow in and out and around Robert Smith as his and their visions evolve, and as they deal with increasing success and fame. Written as a series of direct quotes from the key people involved, including those who left or came back and why. You get a good feel for the intensity, passion, fun and problems directly from the members. A4 size with plenty of early photos this is a great read and bookmark for the early years of this great band.