The Cure: Ten Imaginary Years

Posted By: leonardo78
The Cure: Ten Imaginary Years

The Cure: Ten Imaginary Years by Barbarian, Steve Sutherland, Robert Smith
1988 | ISBN: 0946391874 | 144 pages | DJVU | 15,8 MB

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.