Kicking Against the Pricks: An Armchair Guide To Nick Cave

Nick Cave is the only artist to emerge from the post-punk era whose music and career can truly be compared with legends such as Bob Dylan or Van Morrisson, with a string of highly-acclaimed albums including (with The Birthday Party) Junkyard, Murder Ballads, The Boatman’s Call and his most recent epic, Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus.

Leaving Australia and first band Boys Next Door, Cave became part of a maelstrom unleashed to awestruck London audiences in the late seventies. Although his new band, The Birthday Party, were sometimes less a musical project than a brutal, chaotic nightmare threatening to break the boundaries of Punk itself, they were a burning example nobody followed; one that nearly consumed this newly crowned Godfather of Goth.

Miraculously, Cave survived, formed the Bad Seeds and went on to challenge his audience at completely obliterate that Goth tag; as a bluesman with a gun in one hand and a Bible in the other; a vamp-ish torch singer with echoes of Vegas-era Elvis and a sensitive writer of love songs.

Kicking Against The Pricks chronicles the diverse personalities and musical landscapes that Cave has inhabited, with penetrating commentary on all his themes and influences. His memorable collaborations and forays into other media are covered too: extraordinary duets with Kylie Minogue, PJ Harvey, Shane MacGowan, the acclaimed novel And The Ass Saw The Angel, film appearances such as Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire, and his stint as Meltdown 1999 curator.

Kicking Against The Pricks also assesses the unique contribution of his incomparable band, the Bad Seeds – for the first time ever in print. Ultimately, it confirms Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds as a compelling, challenging and always-relevant musical force and Cave himself is seen to be a 21st Century man-for-all-seasons. (Back cover, Kicking Against The Pricks. Helter Skelter Publishing, 2005)

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