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'The Cure wasn't a band...it was a family,' Cure co-founder on the perils of stardom




Cover of Lol Tolhurst's
Cover of Lol Tolhurst's "Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys."
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The music of the '80s was dominated by the Second British Invasion. Bands such as Duran Duran and Culture Club dominated the radio and MTV airwaves.

The Cure was also part of that wave, hitting the peak of success in 1989 with the release of the album, Disintegration.

It was also a time of turmoil for the group as lead singer Robert Smith asked childhood friend Laurence "Lol" Tolhurst to leave the band they started together as kids. Tolhurst was battling drug and alcohol addiction, which led him to take legal action against the band he co-founded. Lol Tolhurst's tells his story in his new book "Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys".

It's been more than a quarter of a century since Lol left The Cure, but he explained why now was the best time to tell his story, how the music touched those who felt like outsiders and more.

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