The very first in-depth biography on Smith explores nearly thirty years of one of rock’s most enduring and influential characters. Formed as The Easy Cure in 1976 by school friends Robert Smith, Lol Tolhurst and Michael Dempsey, The Cure were one of the first post-punk bands to inject pure pop back into post-Pistols rock.
In their third decade they remain relevant and connected, when many of their contemporaries are reduced to nostalgia packages and worse. Throughout a career filled with paradox and evolution, endless personnel changes, and side-projects including stints with Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Glove, iconic frontman Robert Smith has kept awake and alive to changes in the music scene around The Cure. His relentless musical reinvention has also ensured that The Cure have enjoyed stellar international success. This full-length, extensively researched biography also analyses in depth the ‘goth’ subculture and its relationship with The Cure.