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Founding member of The Cure talks about alcoholism, recovery

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It took writing a book for Laurence “Lol” Tolhurst to realize the life he’s had.

As a founding member of English band The Cure, Tolhurst worked hard, toured the world and lived a life of luxury.

Laurence "Lol" Tolhurst is a founding member of The Cure and recently wrote "Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys. " (Courtesy Of Josh Telles)

Laurence “Lol” Tolhurst is a founding member of The Cure and recently wrote “Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys. ” (Courtesy Of Josh Telles)

Until it came crashing down on him in 1989.

Battling an alcohol problem, Tolhurst left the band.

And through it all, he and the band’s lead singer, Robert Smith, remain friends.

“Our relationship did get strained,” he says. “But we’ve known each other since we were 5 years old. We’ve been through a lot.”

Tolhurst is on a tour for his book, “Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys.” He will participate in a book event at Bookworks at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7.

The book is told through Tolhurst’s memories.

He spent the majority of 2015 writing the book.

“I rented myself a little office about a mile from where I live in California,” he says. “For five days a week, four to five hours a day, I worked. Some days I wrote 1,000 words. Others it was 2,000. Really, most of my time was spent thinking about what I was going to write and retrieving the memories. I didn’t keep any journal of any sort when I was younger. I was an existentialist and living in the moment. It sounded pretty good at the time.”

A founding “imaginary boy,” Tolhurst threads the genesis of The Cure through his adolescence with Smith, the iconic leader of the group, to their stratospheric rise as one of the most influential, critically acclaimed and commercially successful bands of modern times.

After forming in 1976, The Cure racked up an impressive number of achievements that include selling more than 27 million units worldwide and earning 40 platinum and gold records in the U.S., Europe and Japan. The band’s journey to global success is woven into a story that reveals the highs and lows of the lifelong friendship between Tolhurst and Smith, who met on their first day of school together in Crawley, England, in 1964.

But there was also a dark side to The Cure’s intense and bewildering success.

Tolhurst suffered from worsening alcoholism that would destroy his place in The Cure and nearly end his life.

He is most proud that the book tells the story of his crash-and-burn, recovery and rebirth.

“It’s been very cathartic,” he says. “I didn’t realize everything I’ve been through until I saw it written. Then I’d think to myself, ‘Did that really happen?’ And now I’m moving forward and living a new life.”

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