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'ten imaginary years' (barbarian/sutherland/smith)
« on: August 28, 2007, 18:08:21 »
'ten imaginary years' by lydie barbarian, steve sutherland and robert smith
first edition 1988 by fiction/zomba books (UK)

ok i guess this book obviously needs no introduction.
'if you only have one cure book then get this one' - yet the eternal question seems to be: will it ever be updated and re-published?
this one still stops around '87...  :roll:
'twenty imaginary years' (or why not 'twentyfive') would be very welcome companion to have.
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Re: 'ten imaginary years' (barbarian/sutherland/smith)
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2007, 18:11:07 »
does anyone know whether this has been translated to any other language?
even when this one's almost official (at least semi-official), i just find it strange if this one was never chosen for to be translated whereas some other cure books (and a lot inferior ones!) have been translated.
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Re: 'ten imaginary years' (barbarian/sutherland/smith)
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2007, 02:18:38 »
OH MY ROBERT! I mean...GOD! :eek:Robert actually WROTE a book on The Cure and I don't have it???

Shame on me! I've gotta search EBAY, man!

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Re: 'ten imaginary years' (barbarian/sutherland/smith)
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2007, 04:11:03 »
There are 10 specimens of this book in France which are dedicated by Robert. they were to be gained in a French émmission, “the children of the rock'n'roll”, Barbarian was invited.
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Re: 'ten imaginary years' (barbarian/sutherland/smith)
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2007, 11:22:24 »
OH MY ROBERT! I mean...GOD! :eek:Robert actually WROTE a book on The Cure and I don't have it???

Shame on me! I've gotta search EBAY, man!

yes you have to get it NOW dude!!!  :rocker

maybe you noticed it already, but anyway here's one ending today:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/THE-CURE-TEN-10-IMAGINARY-YEARS-GLOSSY-PHOTO-BOOK_W0QQitemZ170142301385QQihZ007QQcategoryZ86003QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

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Re: 'ten imaginary years' (barbarian/sutherland/smith)
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2007, 23:54:11 »
Ten imaginary years is in my opinion one of the best books about The Cure.
This is a must have. You can also get it e.g. from the amazon marketplace  :)
Good luck Carnage Visor  :smth023



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Re: 'ten imaginary years' (barbarian/sutherland/smith)
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2007, 00:45:46 »
There are 10 specimens of this book in France which are dedicated by Robert. they were to be gained in a French émmission, “the children of the rock'n'roll”, Barbarian was invited.

That was funny you translated the name of the tv show... :lol: I'm not sure it was Les Enfants du Rock though but something called Planète Rock.

Otherwise, yes, there's a French edition (since Barbarian was a French journalist !) too. But I don't think the book was published elsewhere (apart from UK and France). That French edition has been out of print for almost 2 decades (but you can find old copies sometimes).

Robert Smith supervised the 10 Imaginary Years book, that's why he's credited as author. He actually censored a few things apparently. :-D But it's greatest book on the band, because it feels like you're at a bar with them (the exagerated bits, I love them !). :lol: It's nice to have their words/opinion directly.

On an eventual book's follow up, I think the planned dvds pack relating the band history will probably replace that.


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Re: 'ten imaginary years' (barbarian/sutherland/smith)
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2007, 09:24:29 »
I just finished reading this book, I got it from the links to Amazon via curefans.com!!!

I can definately say there are quite a lot of things I never really knew about The Cure and Robert Smith, just from this book!  I wish it didn't just stop there.. I wish it kept going on... so many quotes and different opinions.  :smth023

I can say this truly.. I admire Mary for staying by Robert's side during the formative years of the band!  Imagine if it all fell apart.. there'd be no Cure!!

This book ROCKS   :rocker
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Re: 'ten imaginary years' (barbarian/sutherland/smith)
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2007, 16:09:55 »
THIS BOOK WAS TRANSLATED INTO SERBIAN ALSO
BUT IT WAS POORLY DESIGNED AND IT HAD VERY FEW PICTURES

WHAT IS WORSE I BOUGHT IT FROM ONE OF THOSE BARGAIN BOXES
OBVIOUSLY DIDNT SPUR MUCH INTEREST IN THE 90'S SERBIA

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Re: 'ten imaginary years' (barbarian/sutherland/smith)
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2007, 14:42:37 »
I've got in 1990 and it's a real treasure.
Yes, it's strange that nobody translated this great book vs other languages.
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Re: 'ten imaginary years' (barbarian/sutherland/smith)
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2007, 15:39:47 »
I've got in 1990 and it's a real treasure.
Yes, it's strange that nobody translated this great book vs other languages.

what languages would the curefans want or prefer to be translated into?  just a possibility..
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Re: 'ten imaginary years' (barbarian/sutherland/smith)
« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2007, 19:46:20 »
I've been on a mission for a few years to find this book.  I've gone to new, used and independent book stores alike and haven't had any luck.  I refuse to pay $50 or something ridiculous off of Amazon, but I'm really DYING to read this.  If it's even 1/2 as great as "Learning How to Die" (the Wilco biography by Greg Kot - a revelation, I must say) then I may have to at least shell out $30.

I'd really like to see this get re-issued along with a wave of album remasters.  That might be nice.
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Re: 'ten imaginary years' (barbarian/sutherland/smith)
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2007, 20:48:38 »
I've been on a mission for a few years to find this book.  I've gone to new, used and independent book stores alike and haven't had any luck.  I refuse to pay $50 or something ridiculous off of Amazon, but I'm really DYING to read this. 

the links that amazon offers for used/out of print books can often be completely ripoff-ish.  :smth011
instead, try ebay and i assure you'll find a copy pretty easily - and with a lot nicer price.
for instance, i don't think these are completely bad deals:

http://cgi.ebay.com/The-Cure-Ten-Imaginary-Years-Barbarian-Steve-Sutherl_W0QQitemZ330179689096QQihZ014QQcategoryZ378QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/THE-CURE-TEN-IMAGINARY-YEARS-UK-BIOGRAPHY-BOOK_W0QQitemZ120170556020QQihZ002QQcategoryZ268QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem

and those are buy-it-now prices. if you have patience to keep on eye on some of the auctioned ones (like this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/THE-CURE-TEN-IMAGINARY-YEARS-OFFICIAL-BIOGRAPHY-p-b_W0QQitemZ140177142319QQihZ004QQcategoryZ274QQrdZ1QQssPageNameZWD2VQQcmdZViewItem

and you might very well get it even cheaper than that.
there are usually several copies being auctioned at all times. and if not, then just wait a few days and one or two auctions will pop up.

good luck!
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Re: 'ten imaginary years' (barbarian/sutherland/smith)
« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2007, 23:14:33 »
Thanks Marika... you're right, those aren't bad deals at all.  I didn't really check Ebay before because of a previous bad experience, but I think I'll have to strongly consider it now!
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Re: 'ten imaginary years' (barbarian/sutherland/smith)
« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2008, 19:13:51 »
I read it a few years ago when I was just getting into the band and obsessed with them. I live in Pennsylvania and I ordered a copy to read through the local library. It arrived all the way from the Houston Public Library and it was one of the best band biographies I've read.  :D


 

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