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Nick Cave

About

Nicholas Edward Cave (born 22 September 1957) is an Australian singer, songwriter, poet, lyricist, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional actor. Known for his baritone voice and for fronting the rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Cave's music is generally characterised by emotional intensity, a wide variety of influences and lyrical obsessions with death, religion, love and violence.Born and raised in rural Victoria, Cave studied art in Melbourne before fronting the Birthday Party, one of the city's leading post-punk bands, in the late 1970s. They relocated to London in 1980. Disillusioned by life there, they evolved towards a darker and more challenging sound that helped inspire gothic rock and acquired a reputation as "the most violent live band in the world". Cave became recognised for his confrontational performances, his shock of black hair and pale, emaciated look. The band broke up soon after moving to Berlin in 1982, and Cave formed Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds the year after, later described as one of rock's "most redoubtable, enduring" bands. Much of their early material is set in a mythic American Deep South, drawing on spirituals and Delta blues, while Cave's preoccupation with Old Testament notions of good versus evil culminated in what has been called his signature song, "The Mercy Seat" (1988), and in his debut novel, And the Ass Saw the Angel (1989). Also in 1988, he appeared in Ghosts... of the Civil Dead, an Australian prison film which he co-wrote and scored.

The 1990s saw Cave move between São Paulo and England, and find inspiration in the New Testament. He went on to achieve mainstream success with quieter, piano-driven ballads, notably the Kylie Minogue duet "Where the Wild Roses Grow" (1996), and "Into My Arms" (1997). Turning increasingly to film in the 2000s, Cave wrote the Australian Western The Proposition (2005), composing its soundtrack with frequent collaborator Warren Ellis. The pair's film score credits include The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), The Road (2009) and Lawless (2012). Their garage rock side project Grinderman has released two albums since 2006. In 2009, he released his second novel, The Death of Bunny Munro, and starred in the semi-fictional "day in the life" film 20,000 Days on Earth (2014). His more recent musical work features ambient and electronic elements, as well as increasingly abstract lyrics, informed in part by grief over his son Arthur's 2015 death, which is explored in the documentary One More Time with Feeling (2016) and the Bad Seeds' 17th and latest album, Ghosteen (2019).

Cave maintains The Red Hand Files, a newsletter he uses to respond to questions from fans. His work is the subject of academic study, and his songs have been covered by a wide range of artists, including Johnny Cash ("The Mercy Seat"), Metallica ("Loverman") and Snoop Dogg ("Red Right Hand"). He was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007, and named an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017.

Articles

August 11, 2022

Nick Cave and Jarvis Cocker announced for Cheltenham Literature Festival 2022

Bono and Mel C will also feature at events during the October festival The post Nick Cave and Jarvis Cocker announced for Cheltenham Literature Festival 2022 appeared first on NME.

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July 26, 2022

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis announce full Australian tour dates

The first tour of their homeland as a duo kicks off this November The post Nick Cave and Warren Ellis announce full Australian tour dates appeared first on NME.

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July 22, 2022

Nick Cave says parents of ‘Love Island’ contestant helped him through tragedy of son’s death

"These people are as good as people get, and they love their son, Luca" The post Nick Cave says parents of ‘Love Island’ contestant helped him through tragedy of son’s death appeared first on NME.

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July 8, 2022

Warren Ellis on His Odd-Couple Relationship With Nick Cave and the Power of Vulnerability

The Bad Seeds multi-instrumentalist reflects on how he and Cave grew over lockdown, a process documented in the film This Much I Know to Be True, which begins streaming this week

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July 6, 2022

Nick Cave wants your footage for “ambitious” new ‘Seven Psalms’ film

The project will serve as "a kind of spiritual portrait of the world at this time" The post Nick Cave wants your footage for “ambitious” new ‘Seven Psalms’ film appeared first on NME.

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June 22, 2022

Secret Machines announce new EP ‘Day 21’ and reissue of 2008’s ‘Dreaming Of Dreaming’

Hear a newly released of the song 'Dreaming Of Dreaming' featuring Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' Jim Sclavunos The post Secret Machines announce new EP ‘Day 21’ and reissue of 2008’s ‘Dreaming Of Dreaming’ appeared first on NME.

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June 20, 2022

Nick Cave: “Intolerance of opposing ideas indicates a lack of confidence in one’s own thoughts”

He answered fan questions about free speech and Jesus Christ in his latest blog post The post Nick Cave: “Intolerance of opposing ideas indicates a lack of confidence in one’s own thoughts” appeared first on NME.

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June 17, 2022

Cala Mijas Festival adds Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Nina Kravitz and more to line-up

The new Spanish festival is the brainchild of Bilbao BBK Live organisers The post Cala Mijas Festival adds Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Nina Kravitz and more to line-up appeared first on NME.

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June 15, 2022

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds set to headline MEO KALORAMA Festival

The band have joined the growing line-up for the new Lisbon festival The post Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds set to headline MEO KALORAMA Festival appeared first on NME.

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June 15, 2022

An animated Nick Cave to star in new TV series ‘Before They Were Gods’

Cave is set to appear as an animated version of himself alongside Swedish rocker Thåström The post An animated Nick Cave to star in new TV series ‘Before They Were Gods’ appeared first on NME.

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June 14, 2022

Animated Nick Cave to Star in New TV Show Before They Were Gods

In the bizarre series, a fictionalized Cave philosophizes with the Swedish rock star Thåström

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June 5, 2022

Nick Cave dedicates ‘I Need You’ to his sons at Primavera Sound

"They’re probably over there waiting for Bauhaus to begin" The post Nick Cave dedicates ‘I Need You’ to his sons at Primavera Sound appeared first on NME.

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June 3, 2022

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds kick off summer tour with first show in four years

Cave lost his son Jethro just weeks ago The post Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds kick off summer tour with first show in four years appeared first on NME.

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June 1, 2022

Watch an exclusive clip of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ ‘This Much I Know To Be True’ featuring Marianne Faithfull

The film will come to the MUBI streaming service next month after a previous one-night-only run in cinemas The post Watch an exclusive clip of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ ‘This Much I Know To Be True’ featuring Marianne Faithfull appeared first on NME.

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May 31, 2022

The 37 Most Anticipated Albums of Summer 2022

New releases to look forward to in the coming months, from Angel Olsen, Lizzo, Bartees Strange, Nick Cave, Soccer Mommy, Black Midi, Beabadoobee, Jack White, Perfume Genius, Maggie Rogers, and others

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May 31, 2022

Full line-up for Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ All Points East show announced

Spiritualized, Kae Tempest, Robert Glasper and more have been added to the line-up The post Full line-up for Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ All Points East show announced appeared first on NME.

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May 25, 2022

The Smile added to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ All Points East show

The Radiohead supergroup will perform alongside Cave and co. in Victoria Park as well as Michael Kiwanuka, Sleaford Mods, Japanese Breakfast and more The post The Smile added to Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ All Points East show appeared first on NME.

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May 24, 2022

Nick Cave Thanks Fans for Support Following Son Jethro Lazenby’s Death

The singer-songwriter broke his silence on his website The Red Hand Files.

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May 24, 2022

Nick Cave Thanks Fans for ‘Kind Words’ and Support Following Son Jethro’s Death

"These letters are a great source of comfort and I’d like to thank all of you for your support," Cave wrote

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May 24, 2022

Nick Cave thanks fans for their support after death of his son Jethro

Cave has lost two sons in the space of seven years The post Nick Cave thanks fans for their support after death of his son Jethro appeared first on NME.

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May 23, 2022

Watch the video for Party Dozen’s Nick Cave-featuring single ‘Macca The Mutt’

Cave’s appearance marks the first time Party Dozen have featured another artist on a song The post Watch the video for Party Dozen’s Nick Cave-featuring single ‘Macca The Mutt’ appeared first on NME.

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May 21, 2022

Beck, Animal Collective, Jeff Tweedy and more join birdsong compilation

Other names involved in the charity project include Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Elvis Costello, Florence Welch and Matthew McConaughey The post Beck, Animal Collective, Jeff Tweedy and more join birdsong compilation appeared first on NME.

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May 17, 2022

Florence Welch on “trying to embody” Nick Cave and Iggy Pop on new album

Watch the singer explain how she referenced her idols in Florence + The Machine's latest album The post Florence Welch on “trying to embody” Nick Cave and Iggy Pop on new album appeared first on NME.

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May 12, 2022

Party Dozen share new single ‘Macca The Mutt’, featuring Nick Cave

The noise rock duo's new album 'The Real Work' arrives in July The post Party Dozen share new single ‘Macca The Mutt’, featuring Nick Cave appeared first on NME.

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May 10, 2022

Director Andrew Dominik says new Nick Cave film “shows what he has learned about loss”

The director talks to NME about new film 'This Much I Know To Be True', Cave's efforts with The Red Hand Files, his relationship with Warren Ellis, and "the voice of eternity" Marianne Faithfull The post Director Andrew Dominik says new Nick Cave film “shows what he has learned about loss” appeared first on NME.

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May 9, 2022

Nick Cave Announces Death of His Son Jethro Lazenby at 30

"We would be grateful for family privacy at this time."

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May 9, 2022

Nick Cave’s Eldest Son, Jethro Lazenby, Dead at 31

Cave confirmed the death of his son, although did not provide a cause of death

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May 9, 2022

Nick Cave’s Son Jethro Lazenby Has Died

The 31-year-old model is Cave’s second loss of a child in recent years

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May 9, 2022

Nick Cave’s son Jethro Lazenby has died, aged 31

"We would be grateful for family privacy at this time" The post Nick Cave’s son Jethro Lazenby has died, aged 31 appeared first on NME.

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April 26, 2022

Watch new clip from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’s upcoming documentary

The film is released in cinemas next month The post Watch new clip from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’s upcoming documentary appeared first on NME.

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Discs

Seven Psalms

July 1, 2022

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La Panthère Des Neiges (Original Soundtrack)

December 17, 2021

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Les Cerfs (Single from "La Panthère Des Neiges" Original Soundtrack)

December 15, 2021

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We Are Not Alone (Single from "La Panthère Des Neiges" Original Soundtrack)

November 23, 2021

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Where the Wild Roses Grow

August 27, 2021

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CARNAGE

February 25, 2021

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LITANIES

December 4, 2020

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Litany of Gathering Up

November 20, 2020

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Litany of Godly Love

November 6, 2020

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Litany of The Forsaken

October 9, 2020

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Ensemble Resonanz & Charly Hübner: Sweetheart Come

September 25, 2020

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Cosmic Dancer

April 29, 2020

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Wind River (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

August 4, 2017

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War Machine (A Netflix Original Film)

May 26, 2017

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Mars (Original Series Soundtrack)

January 1, 2016

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Hell Or High Water (Original Soundtrack Album)

January 1, 2016

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Far from Men (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

May 19, 2015

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West Of Memphis (Original Soundtrack)

June 23, 2014

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Lawless

August 28, 2012

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The Road (Original Film Score)

November 22, 2009

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The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford

September 17, 2008

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The Proposition (Original Soundtrack)

January 1, 2005

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The Story - And the Ass Saw the Angel (Reading with Music)

January 1, 1998

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What A Wonderful World

November 30, 1992

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