- Above: The Hardback book cover (click to enlarge)
Full Book Title: Never Enough: The Story of The Cure
Author: Jeff Apter
Year Of Publication: Paperback 2009 (Hardback originally published 2005)
Publishers: Omnibus Press; Revised edition edition (6 April 2009)
ISBNs: ISBN-10: 1847727395 / ISBN-13: 978-1847727398
This new edition brings The Cure's story right up to date to include details of Robert Smith's personnel changes and the band's 13th studio album. Author Jeff Apter traces their roots from middle-class Sussex documenting in detail their gradual rise to fame. This work details the full story of Robert Smith's defection to Siouxsie and the Banshees and his drug problems. Compiled from dozens of interviews, including exclusive discussions with co-founders Lol Tolhurst and Michael Dempsey and various members of the band, this work includes many photographs and a comprehensive discography.
From the Author
I've just received the following from Lol Tolhurst, one of the co-founders of the Cure: I waited many years for my side of The Cure story to be told and I am immensely pleased and relived that it has finally been reported in such a honest and reasonable manner. The Cure was (and still is to a certain extent) a very big part of my life and it was important to me to have my part of the story conveyed accurately without any bitterness or resentment because ultimately I am both humbled and grateful by what we did and I continue to be proud of that achievement. I cannot imagine how hard it is to get close enough to your subject to see the real story but I think you have done it admirably. Thank you for telling the true story."
Synopsis of UK Subs content:
Chapter 3 - pp76 - 77.
There is about a page of text covering the Cure's opening for the Subs at the Moonlight Club in West Hampstead in November 1978 (*). Robert Smith declared the gig as "a fucking glorious night" and there is an amusing take on hippy-speak! The Cure's Lol (Lawrence) Tolhurst was interviewed for this book and he reveals that Charlie Harper once asked him to join the U.K. Subs at a meeting in the Croydon Greyhound. According to the author, The Cure "were photographed outside Harper's house in Clapham Common for a Melody Maker feature which ran on March 24, 1979 (**) , Smith and Tolhurst stunning in their Miss Selfridge's jackets."
And cutting from Pete Davies' collection below:
** This doesn't look to be true, but there may have been another photo published with the article which is reproduced here.
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