This new edition brings The Cure's story right up to date to include details of Robert Smith's personnel changes and the band's 13th studio album. Author Jeff Apter traces their roots from middle-class Sussex documenting in detail their gradual rise to fame. This work details the full story of Robert Smith's defection to Siouxsie and the Banshees and his drug problems. Compiled from dozens of interviews, including exclusive discussions with co-founders Lol Tolhurst and Michael Dempsey and various members of the band, this work includes many photographs and a comprehensive discography.
In a career spanning more than 20 years I've written 15 commercially and critically well-received books, including biographies of 'Shirley' Strachan from Skyhooks and Dragon's Marc Hunter.
I also co-wrote the recent Kasey Chambers memoir, called A Little Bird Told Me, and worked with Mark Evans of AC/DC on his bestseller, Dirty Deeds. Kasey's book was part of the '50 Books You Can't Put Down' / Get Reading program in 2011, while Mark's book made NPR's best music books of 2011 list.
In 2005, I worked with test cricketer turned commentator Michael Slater on his book, Slats.
My other books include studies of Jeff Buckley (which has been adapted for a feature film), the Finn brothers and Keith Urban. My books have been translated into numerous languages. I was ghostwriter on a project called In Harm's Way, the story of a former Australian soldier and his attempts to emancipate two children in Lebanon.
My biography of Johnny O'Keefe, out through Hachette Australia, has been really well received. It was the Sydney Morning Herald's Pick of the Week in their August 10 issue; likewise The Age and the Canberra Times. It was also selected as one of Dymocks key books for Father's Day 2013. Up From Down Under: How Australian Music Changed the World was released in November 2013.
I'm a senior writer for Oz Rolling Stone (where I was on staff for several years) and also write for South Coast Style and the Sydney Morning Herald. I was the music reviewer for The Bulletin for many years and was a senior writer for Vogue. I also contribute to on-line mag the Hoopla.
I'm on Facebook and can also be reached through this site. I'm represented by literary agency Curtis Brown.