The Book ‘Curepedia: An A-Z of The Cure’ Is Coming Soon

MAD TV, (aka MADTV), The Cure (Robert Smith, center), 1995-2009 (photo ca. late 1990s).
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The Cure is one of the most beloved New Wave goth bands of all time and is currently touring. This September, a book titled Curepedia: An A-Z of The Cure is coming out to delight fans, offering a look behind the scenes at the band’s history and their influence on music, pop culture, art and politics, as well as trivia and a detailed analysis of their discography, films, songs and the band members, which have changed over the years. The book features illustrations by designer Andy Vella, who has worked with the band for over 30 years.

Curepedia showcases the band’s past and present in an A to Z format. The writer, Simon Price, shared that the book, according to the press release, “goes beyond the music in this mammoth biography, offering a detailed analysis of The Cure’s wider cultural impact on British male mental health, toxic masculinity and stoicism in the face of emotional trauma with an essay on ‘Boys Don’t Cry.’ Over the years, the song has become more than a pop song, but an antidote to the ‘English stiff upper lip’ mentality and an anthem for male sensitivity.”

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 04: (Editor's Note: Multiple exposure made in camera) Robert Smith of The Cure performs during Lollapalooza 2013 at Grant Park on August 4, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois

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The book is being released by the publishing company White Rabbit. The founder of White Rabbit, Lee Brackstone, shared, “I have wanted to work with Simon Price for many years. He is one of the great British music writers of his generation, and I know many people who value great pop culture writing will celebrate, finally, the arrival of a big project from such an influential writer. The mythology, mystique and music of The Cure has never been covered in a satisfying biographical way; Simon’s approach will fill the vacuum and please the legions of fans around the world.”

THE CURE: ANNIVERSARY 1978-2018 LIVE IN HYDE PARK, (aka THE CURE: ANNIVERSARY 1978-2018 LIVE IN HYDE PARK LONDON), The Cure, from left: Reeves Gabrels, Robert Smith, Simon Gallup front center), Roger O'Donnell, 2019

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The Cure remains one of the top alternative rock bands in the entire world, and they have been rocking since 1976. The book promises to be both factual and fun, something that all Cure fans will surely treasure. In honor of the book release and this iconic band, let’s go over some of the ReMIND staff’s favorite songs.

A Forest — Seventeen Seconds (1980)

Charlotte Sometimes (Single — 1981)

One Hundred Years — Pornography (1982)

Love Cats — Japanese Whispers (1983)

Just Like Heaven — Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (1989)

Pictures of You — Disintegration (1987)

Actually, this whole album and its B-sides are phenomenal!

Friday I’m in Love — Wish (1992)


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