This September, prepare to immerse yourself in the world of goth subculture as Lol Tolhurst, co-founder and former member of The Cure, takes readers on a fascinating journey through the dark romanticism of goth subculture and its music in his latest book, succinctly titled GOTH—A History. Following the success of his memoir, Cured—A Tale of Two Imaginary Boys, Tolhurst’s new offering delves deeper into the misunderstood genre and culture that has inspired legions of gloomy outcasts since the 1980s.
Tolhurst’s GOTH is an engaging and entertaining historical memoir that examines the birth, development, and legacy of the goth genre and culture. The book takes readers on a thrilling ride through the world of iconic goth bands such as The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, and Joy Division, as well as the artists, places, and events that shaped the movement.
The book begins by exploring the origins of goth, delving into early art and literature that inspired the genre, including works by T.S. Eliot, Edgar Allan Poe, Sylvia Plath, and Albert Camus. Tolhurst also discusses the gothic forebears, highlighting the musicians who first played in punk bands before transitioning to goth.
Tolhurst introduces readers to the “Architects of Darkness”—the bands that established the genre’s roots, such as Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division, and The Cure. He then highlights the “Spiritual Alchemists,” bands like Depeche Mode and Cocteau Twins, who played a significant role in expanding the darkness of goth culture into mainstream consciousness. The book also chronicles the spread of the genre beyond its English origins to cities like New York and Los Angeles, demonstrating the global impact of goth music and culture.
Gothic fashion, an essential component of the movement, receives due attention in Tolhurst’s account. The book delves into the clothing that not only accompanied the music but also complemented and defined the subculture’s aesthetic, including elaborate hairstyles, black clothing, and distinctive makeup.
In “GOTH,” Tolhurst also examines the enduring legacy of goth music, illustrating its influence on various facets of contemporary culture, such as film, TV, visual arts, and social media. He emphasizes the relevance and importance of the goth movement, underlining its impact and why it still matters today.
With its unique perspective and insider accounts, “GOTH” promises to be an enthralling read for fans of the genre and those interested in the history and impact of the goth movement.