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“So the first bit of lyric we pull out of the hat will be our new band name, right?”

By Lol Tolhurst

Editor’s Note: LaurenceLol” Tolhurst is a co-founder of The Cure—as its drummer, he helped write and record the band’s first four albums. In this excerpt from his new book, Mr. Tolhurst provides an insider’s account of the early days of the band and a revealing look at the artistic evolution of his childhood friend, the enigmatic Robert Smith.

We finally got a gig at the Rocket in May 1977. We were now all eighteen, so Fred, the Rocket’s landlord, wouldn’t fall afoul of the child work laws or something. Clever old Fred.

He actually didn’t ask…

Lol Tolhurst

Lol Tolhurst is a musician, writer and performer. He is best known as a founding member of the band that virtually invented alternative music, The Cure.

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