This past week has been all about The Cure for me. I've loved them since my early teenage years and continue to buy their albums as they are released. Jeff Apter's Never Enough: The Story of The Cure captures the ups and downs of their 30+ year career - from the early days in middle-class Crawley, through the coke & booze-fueled Faith/Pornography sessions/tour, to the platinum years of Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me and Disintegration, and ends with 2004's self-titled album.
All of it is here: the recording sessions and subsequent tours, the breakdown and sacking of original member Lol Tolhurst, Robert Smith's dual duties with The Cure and Siouxsie & The Banshees and Smith's psychedelic side-project with Banshee Steven Severin, The Glove - all in its decadent glory. A humorous footnote appears about Apter's interview request to Severin that was rejected when the former Banshee requested an 'appearance fee' for his memories to be used in the book. Apter was able to secure a lot of insight with interviews with former members and band associates, including Tolhurst and original bassist Michael Dempsey.
I really enjoyed Never Enough. There were a few minor mistakes, such as a few year mixups and song title spellings, but I assume those are corrected in the revised edition*. Definitely a great read for fans of The Cure. If I remember correctly, the last book I read about them was called Ten Imaginary Years, that focused on the first ten years of the band.
* My review is based on the hardcover version, originally published in 2005. A revised edition was released in paperback format on April 6, 2009.
Published by Omnibus Press - 352 pages.
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