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Nick Cave has been performing music for more than forty years and is best known as the songwriter and lead singer of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, whose latest album Ghosteen was widely received as their best work ever. Cave's body of work also covers a wider range of media and modes of expression including film score composition and writing of novels. His recent Conversations events and Red Hand Files website have seen Cave exploring deeper and more direct relationships with his fans.
Nick Cave on Cave Things:
I am essentially a songwriter. Yet, people who understand my stuff know that it doesn’t end there. There has always been a strong, even obsessive, visual component to the process—a compulsive rendering of the lyric as a thing to be seen, to be touched, to be examined. I have always done this—basically drawn my songs—for as long as I’ve been writing them. Cave Things is an attempt to bring these visual ideas to the world. Cave Things is situated beyond merchandise but stops before art. I have no interest in making art—rather Cave Things are the incidental residue of an over-stimulated mind.
Song writing is largely performed in a state of deep unease that needs its points of reprieve. This is the purpose of Cave Things—when the pressure of song writing gets too much, well, I draw a cute animal or a naked woman or a religious icon or a mythological creature or something. Or I take a Polaroid or make something out of clay. I do a collage, or write a child’s poem and date stamp and sticker it, or do some granny-art with a set of watercolour paints. Cave Things is a shop that sells playful, therapeutic, mysterious, subversive objects that sits in a place entirely of its own.
December 2021 Debut of the Month | Anyone familiar with the works of the book’s author Nick Cave will know this question is one explored extensively in his song-writing, mostly through characters responding to some form of turmoil. In The Little Thing this is also the case as we follow a tiny being who is frustrated and even distressed by the process of trying to understand what it is. Cave’s drawings are simple and vibrant alongside dialogue from those trying to help on this journey of self-discovery. In the end what is discovered is that it’s OK to simply accept yourself for what you are, even if exactly what that is remains a mystery! What is more important is who you are, how that feels, and what a wonderful thing it is to find kindred spirits and simply be. This is a lovely and intelligent book to share with your own little things that is sure to reassure, spark discussion and encourage acceptance and inclusion, written by a man who wouldn’t know how it felt to ‘fit in’. The Little Thing will be available exclusively via Cave Things, Nick Cave’s online shop : cavethings.com/products/the-little-thing
A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Stranger Than Kindness is a journey in images and words into the creative world of musician, storyteller and cultural icon Nick Cave. This highly collectable book invites the reader into the innermost core of the creative process and paves the way for an entirely new and intimate meeting with the artist, presenting Cave's life, work and inspiration and exploring his many real and imagined universes. It features full colour reproductions of original artwork, handwritten lyrics, photographs and collected personal artefacts along with commentary and meditations from Nick Cave, Janine Barrand and Darcey Steinke. Stranger Than Kindness asks what shapes our lives and makes us who we are, and celebrates the curiosity and power of the creative spirit. The book has been developed and curated by Nick Cave in collaboration with Christina Back. The images were selected from 'Stranger Than Kindness: The Nick Cave Exhibition', opening at the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen in June 2020.
Una novela tan inclasificable como portentosa, un autentico regalo literario. Bunny Munro vende cosmticos puerta a puerta y aprovecha su actividad para seducir y desplumar a todas las mujeres solitarias que se le ponen a tiro. Cada una de sus jornadas por la costa meridional inglesa es una expedicin delirante movida por su lascivia y lastrada por la presencia de su hijo de nueve aos, al que no puede dejar con nadie desde que su madre se suicidara. El da a da de Bunny, acompaado de Bunny Jr., es una continua sucesin de escenas surrealistas salpicada por todos los oscuros placeres que permtese tan excntrico vendedor de cosmticos. Juntos caminarn hacia un final tragicmico y convulso, el nico colofn posible a su existencia.La muerte de Bunny Munro es una autntica maravilla literaria, ms all del inters que pueda despertar la figura, polidrica y fascinante, de su autor."e;Bunny es un antihroe de proporciones picas, un alcohlico decrpito, una mancha de nicotina, un monstruo constantemente alimentado de cocana en busca de una aventura pripica o de lo que l denomina, en un momento de lirismo no atpico, "e;el jodido Valhalla de los coos"e;."e;Sean O'Hagan, The Guardian"e;Cave bebe de estilistas como Nabokov o John Updike, pero en la crudeza, las resacas y la obsesin por el sexo del personaje que ha creado resuenan las historias de Bukowski."e;El Pas"e;Prapo, vendedor, muerto; quiz Bunny Muro no sea un hombre cualquiera, pero todos los hombres deberan leer este libro. Debern leerlo entre lgrimas y puntos de sutura."e;David PeaceLa muerte de Bunny Munro no solo es una lectura maravillosa, sino tambin desgarradora. Cave escribe sus novelas igual que las letras de sus canciones, a golpes de sangre, azufre y rayos. Ataca al corazn y a la mente, es capaz de poner a sus lectores de rodillas."e;Neil Labute"e;En esta novela lo verdaderamente importante no son las tesis de Cave, sino la calidad de la prosa y esa combinacin magistral de comedia negra y sentimiento."e;Matt Thorne, Independent"e;Nick Cave vivir eternamente porque tiene al diablo aterrorizado."e;Rolling Stone
The Sick Bag Song is an exploration of love, inspiration and memory. It began life scribbled on airline sick bags during Cave's 22-city journey around North America in 2014. It soon grew into a restless full-length contemporary epic. Spurred by encounters with modern day North America, and racked by romantic longing and exhaustion, Cave teases out the significant moments, the people, the books and the music that have influenced and inspired him, and drops them into his sick bag.
THE SICK BAG SONG chronicles Cave's journey with his band the Bad Seeds on a twenty-two-day, North American tour. It is a highly personal account that blends memories, musings, poetry, lyrics, flights of fancy and road journal. Drawing inspiration from Leonard Cohen, John Berryman, Patti Smith, Sharon Olds, folk ballads and ancient texts, THE SICK BAG SONG takes the form of an epic quest, turning over questions of inspiration, creativity, loss, death and romantic love. It is also a companion piece to his feature documentary 20,000 Days on Earth. THE SICK BAG SONG explores and develops the mystique of Nick Cave. The book began its life scribbled onto airline sick bags, which are reproduced in the book alongside the text.
The world is a hard place to be good in... Struggling to keep a grip on reality after his wife's death, Bunny Munro does the only thing he can think of: with his young son in tow, he hits the road. An epic chronicle of one man's judgement, The Death of Bunny Munro is also an achingly tender portrait of the relationship between father and son.
The complete collection of Nick Cave lyrics spanning his entire career, from 1978 until 2013, revised and updated by the cult rock star 'He is an Australian artist like Sidney Nolan is an Australian artist - beyond comparison, beyond genre, beyond dispute' - from Nick Cave's induction into the Australian Hall of Fame This complete collection of Nick Cave's lyrics spans his entire career, from his writing for The Birthday Party through the highly acclaimed Murder Ballads and The Boatman's Call to recent work with Grinderman and his 2013 album, Push the Sky Away. Brought together in one volume, these lyrics make up one of the most outstanding achievements of contemporary music. Switching between the cynical and the sanguine, the defeated and the defiant, Nick Cave deals in love, war, beauty, children, romance, rejection, Pethedine, poetry, pants, money, flowers and so much more ... From the bestselling author of And the Ass Saw the Angel and The Death of Bunny Munroe this definitive collection will be adored by Nick Cave fans everywhere. 'His lyrics deal with passion on the edge, and are peopled with mad bayou preachers, black-hearted lovers and killers. His language is rich, poetic, apocalyptic' Guardian 'Richly poetic creations which live a second life on the page ... Essential reading' Vox Nick Cave was born in Australia in 1957. He moved to London with his band The Birthday Party in 1990 and four years later he formed The Bad Seeds, with whom he has made 15 studio albums. In recent years he has made two albums with his other band, Grinderman. In 1999 he curated and directed the Meltdown Festival at London's South Bank Centre. He has also written the soundtrack for a number of successful films including The Assassination of Jesse James, Lawless and The Proposition. His novel And the Ass Saw the Angel was an international bestseller, Time Out's Book of the Year, and was reissued in the Penguin Essential series. His second novel The Death of Bunny Monroe was published in 2009. He lives in Brighton with his wife and two children.
And the Ass Saw the Angel - Nick Cave's classic Gothic novel, in its full and original form Outcast, mute, a lone twin cut from a drunk mother in a shack full of junk, Euchrid Eucrow of Ukulore inhabits a nightmarish Southern valley of preachers and prophets, incest and ignorance. When the God-fearing folk of the town declare a foundling child to be chosen by the Almighty, Euchrid is disturbed. He sees her very differently, and his conviction, and increasing isolation and insanity, may have terrible consequences for them both... In 2009 Cave released a cut-down version of his novel but this reissue restores the full uncut text, as first published in 1989. Compelling and astonishing in its baroque richness, Nick Cave's acclaimed first novel is a fantastic journey into the twisted world of Deep Southern Gothic tragedy. This book will be adored by readers of Will Self, William Faulkner and Falnnery O'Connor, as well as fans of the cult rock star everywhere. An explosion of linguistic brio and Gothic grotesquery, horrifying, funny and tragic' Michel Faber, Guardian 'As if a Faulkner novel had been crossed with Whistle down the Wind and then narrated by a stoned blues musician ... heady' Daily Telegraph Nick Cave was born in Australia in 1957. He moved to London with his band The Birthday Party in 1990 and four years later he formed The Bad Seeds, with whom he has made 15 studio albums. In recent years he has made two albums with his other band, Grinderman. In 1999 he curated and directed the Meltdown Festival at London's South Bank Centre. He has also written the soundtrack for a number of successful films including The Assassination of Jesse James, Lawless and The Proposition. His novel And the Ass Saw the Angel was an international bestseller, Time Out's Book of the Year, and was reissued in the Penguin Essential series. His second novel The Death of Bunny Monroe was published in 2009. He lives in Brighton with his family.
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