It was a little over a year ago when I first heard that Lol Tolhurst was writing his memoir from his wife Cindy Levin, as the three of us were having lunch in a cafe near their hometown of Venice. To then hold the book, "Cured - The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys," with it's purple and black artwork, and picture of Lol and his childhood friend, Robert Smith, felt like Christmas. Like finding a secret treasure, especially for Cure fans, but also for those who enjoy reading one person's journey though life. The highs and the lows. Captivating tales to break heartstrings or to laugh out loud while reading alone in a cafe (with people looking at you sideways).
"People don't expect us to have any levity. They expected us to be super serious," Lol said during his appearance and interview with Lyndsey Parker at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. "The thing is, what you have to understand is, we were always serious about what we did. We took what we did very seriously, but we never took ourselves that seriously."
Thursday morning I wake up in LA and realize the insanity of my predicament. Did I really just put ninety bucks on my credit card and commit to spending two days, outdoors, in the desert, with masses of sweaty bodies in a field of grass? My destination is Indio, CA. at the Empire Polo Field to attend the two day Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Through a little research, the Californians let me know it will be at least ten degrees hotter when I head south. I honestly consider selling one of my passes because the quest for good music seem to have blinded the rationality of my senses. But this is an old mission, one I’ve been trying to fulfill since 1999, so I won’t be giving up easily.
It was 1999 when I first heard other's experiences about an amazing electronic festival that took place out west. In it’s first year, Coachella brought mainly electronic musicians and DJs, and over the past four years it has evolved to have more of a rock oriented vein. At first the sales and attendance were dismal. But by 2001 Goldenvoice (the California company that puts Coachella on www.goldenvoice.com ) finally broke even. 2003 was the year Coachella solidified its reputation and more major musical acts committed to playing for this year: Radiohead, The Cure, The Pixies, Kraftwerk and Flaming Lips led it to be the first year that Coachella has sold out, presale, in its five year history.