Lol Tolhurst, in conversation with Joe Wong, discusses GOTH: A History

Lol Tolhurst

The co-founder of The Cure and author of Cured delivers a fascinating deep dive into the dark romanticism of Goth music, a misunderstood genre and culture.

GOTH is an entertaining and engaging historical memoir, and a journey through Goth music and culture, exploring creative giants like The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, Joy Division, and many more great bands that offered a place of refuge for the misfits of the '80s and ever since. Written by Lol Tolhurst, co-founder of The Cure, this book offers a riveting retrospective of the genre's iconic movers and shakers, infused with stories from Tolhurst's personal trove of memories, as well as anecdotes about the musicians, magicians, and artists who made it all happen--the people, places, and things that made Goth an inevitable and enduring movement.

Starting with the Origins of Goth, Tolhurst explores early art and literature that inspired the genre and looks into the work of T.S Eliot, Edgar Allan Poe, Sylvia Plath, and Albert Camus, among others. He also outlines the path of Gothic Forebears and shows how many musicians played in punk bands before transitioning into Goth endeavors. Next, he introduces readers to the "Architects of Darkness"--Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division, and The Cure--the Godfathers of Goth who established the genre's roots. Following these early bands, Tolhurst discusses a group he calls the "Spiritual Alchemists," consisting of bands like Depeche Mode, Cocteau Twins, and more, who helped the darkness expand into the culture. He also tracks the expansion of the genre overseas, from England to New York, Los Angeles, and beyond. Gothic fashion was an important part of the movement as well, and Tolhurst discusses the clothing that accompanied and complemented the music. Finally, Tolhurst examines the legacy of Goth music, and shows how its influence can still be seen to this day across music, film, TV, visual arts, social media, and more.

As thoughtful and thorough as it is utterly bewitching, GOTH is a timeless testament to why Goth matters--and why it always will. (Hachette Books)

Joe Wong is a Los-Angeles-based composer, musician, producer, and podcast host.

As a composer, Joe Wong’s projects include: Master of None, Russian Doll, The Midnight Gospel, Will Trent, Lucky Hank, and Krapopolis.
Joe’s debut solo album, the psychedelic, orchestral Nite Creatures, was released to acclaim by Decca/Universal in 2020. His followup album, Mere Survival, is slated for a 2024 release.
Joe hosts and co-produces The Trap Set, a podcast/radio show about the lives of musicians. Over the course of over 300 long-form conversations, the show has revealed the life stories of a diverse group of icons. The exhaustive roster of guests includes punk luminaries like Ian MacKaye; cult legend Drumbo; Cuban jazz virtuoso Ignacio Berroa; pop superstars such as Sheila E. and Phil Collins; goth pioneers such as Lol Tolhurst. 
Joe co-produced Fred Armisen’s Grammy-nominated Netflix special Standup For Drummers.

Signing Guidelines:

  • Your purchase of GOTH from Book Soup is your RSVP but does not guarantee a seat for the discussion before the book signing.
  • Select "in-store pickup" if you plan to attend the event.
  • Please arrive early as we are expecting a capacity crowd. Once we reach capacity we will hold an overflow line outside until the book signing begins.
  • Lol will sign one additional item so long as a copy of GOTH: A History is purchased from Book Soup. Receipts will be checked in line.
  • Lol will not sign drum heads.

Event date: 
Thursday, September 28, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Book Soup
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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Goth: A History By Lol Tolhurst Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306828423
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Published: Hachette Books - September 26th, 2023

Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys By Lol Tolhurst Cover Image
ISBN: 9780306825811
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Published: Da Capo Press - October 31st, 2017