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Goth: A History

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781529424300

Price: £25

ON SALE: 21st September 2023

Genre: The Arts / Music / Music: Styles & Genres

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Goth is an entertaining and evocative personal history of Goth music and culture, told by a true insider. Lol Tolhurst explores the godfathers of goth who established the genre’s roots – THE CURE, which he co-founded with Robert Smith, contemporaries SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES, BAUHAUS, JOY DIVISION – plus many more great bands that offered a place of refuge for the misfits of the 80s and ever since.

Lol offers a fascinating deep dive into the movers and shakers of goth, imbued with his personal memories as well as those of fellow musicians, magicians and artists who make goth such an inevitable and enduring movement. Along the way he examines acts such as DEPECHE MODE and COCTEAU TWINS who helped the darkness expand. 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 and social media.

As thoughtful and thorough as it is utterly bewitching, Goth is a timeless testament to why Goth matters – and why it always will.

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An alluring mix of strangeness and vulnerability
Irish Business Post