April 12, 2024

The Cure encyclopaedic biography set for autumn 2023: ‘Curepedia: The A–Z of The Cure’

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White Rabbit, a UK-based music book imprint, will release a book titled “Curepedia: An A-Z of The Cure” on November 9th. The book is a comprehensive biography of The Cure, written by music writer Simon Price, with a foreword by Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai and illustrations by Andy Vella, the designer behind The Cure’s visual identity for the past three decades.

The Curepedia offers an extensive portrayal of their legacy, politics, image, and cultural influences. These influences range from existentialist writers like Albert Camus to Mervyn Peake’s decaying Gothic castle in the Gormenghast series, as well as exploring the profound literary, musical, and cinematic connotations behind their single “A Forest.”

Curepedia provides a complete overview of The Cure’s body of work, delving into miscellaneous trivia, detailed analysis of their discography, films, concerts, and appearances, as well as biographies of both current and former band members.

Presented in an A-to-Z format, Curepedia covers everything from the band’s albums like “Pornography,” “Disintegration”, and “Wish”, to lesser-known releases like “Blue Sunshine” by Robert Smith and “Glove”, the group featuring Steve Severin of Siouxsie and The Banshees.

Simon Price is a British music journalist known for his work at Melody Maker and the Independent on Sunday. He expresses his admiration for The Cure, stating, “The Cure are the biggest alternative rock band on the planet, and their magnificent body of work continues to inspire successive generations of musicians and music lovers. Writing a book about them is an honor.”

Foreign rights for Curepedia have already been sold to Dey Street Books (USA), Sexto Piso (Spain), and Heyne Hardcore (Germany).

The book will be available in different editions, including a hardback, a paperback, and audio. A special deluxe edition limited to one thousand copies will feature alternative cover artwork, a bespoke slipcase, ribbon marker, and integrated full-color A-to-Z chapter headings. This edition also includes additional prints and a signed bookplate insert.

You can expect this:

  • Alternative original cover artwork
  • Housed in a bespoke slipcase
  • With a ribbon marker and 26 integrated full colour A-Z chapter headings
  • Complete with interior pages printed in red and black ink and bespoke C-U-R-E lettered endpapers
  • This edition also comes with four additional prints (C-U-R-E) from original mixed media print in an envelope
  • Plus a bookplate insert signed by Simon Price and Andy Vella
  • All artwork, design and packaging is by Andy Vella, celebrated artist and longtime Cure collaborator (as part of Parched Art)
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Bernard Van Isacker is the Chief Editor of Side-Line Magazine. With a career spanning more than two decades, Van Isacker has established himself as a respected figure in the darkwave scene.

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