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King Ink

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  698 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Author and singer/songwriter Cave's first book, which collects early lyrics from his recordings with The Birthday Party and the Bad Seeds (up to and including the Bad Seeds' record, "Your Funeral, My Trial"), short stories and short plays. Cave's dark vision, coupled with his strong connections to primitive folk and blues music, and murder ballads in particular, has yielde ...more
Paperback, 193 pages
Published December 3rd 2005 by 2.13.61 Publications (first published May 19th 1988)
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Anthony Vacca
Jun 04, 2014 Anthony Vacca rated it it was ok
King Ink is a piece of Nick Cave miscellanea recommended for only the most pathological of fans—meaning me. This book is primarily composed of lyrics, collecting the material from his formative years as the snotty, rabid pack leader of The Birthday Party, up through the first three albums he released under his own name and with the accompaniment of the indispensible backing band, the Bad Seeds. As much as I enjoy these early outings from Cave—as erratic and messy as they can be—the lyrics on the ...more
Ian "Marvin" Graye
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Meanwhile a record review I published on May 9, 1983 (in the University of Queensland student magazine "Semper") and reviews of "Prayers on Fire" and a live Birthday Party performance from some time in 1982 (published in 1982 in my fanzine, "X-CHANGE"):

The Boys Next Door (The Birthday Party) - "Hee Haw" CBS (1979/1983)

In 1979 The Boys Next Door decided that their new music was so different from their old, that they should change their name to the Birthday Party.

May 16, 2016 Voja rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
koliko god voleo kejva, muzičkog megacara, ovoj zbirci ne mogu da dam veću ocenu. zbirka sadrzi tekstove s pocetka karijerekoji bas i nisu dovoljno dobri da bi se citali van muzike.
Sep 18, 2009 Kasandra rated it it was ok
On the one hand, Cave's got talent in the blues form, and some of his lyrics are wonderful. On the other hand, his themes tire easily and get awfully repetitive, and his misogynistic view of women makes me sick like no one since Bukowski (and at least Bukowski is funny at times). I also tire easily of his obsession with violence. So... if you're a fan, you'll like this. If you're not, you'll likely find it very hard to get through. It was ok. I would have given it only one star but the lyrics ar ...more
Chris Herdt
May 25, 2008 Chris Herdt rated it did not like it
I love Nick Cave, but this book is basically garbage. It's nice to have the lyrics to the songs (although you can look those up easily enough on the net), but the one act plays are truly atrocious. "Greasy-Hot-Rod-Cream" is good for a laugh, at least.

The single best thing in this book, in my opinion, is "Thistles in the Soul." "Thistles" describes Nick Cave's first introduction to Einsturzende Neubaten. He is clearly enraptured by their performance, which he sees in a Dutch hotel on a lobby TV,
Dec 31, 2007 RandomAnthony rated it really liked it
Shelves: music
Musicians as writers...c'mon, now, who are you kidding? Nick Cave is the exception who proves the rule. This book, along with his novel and screenplay work are the real deal. This book of lyrics is full-on strong on its own, too. Mr. Cave deserves literary respect. No joke.
May 28, 2009 Libby rated it really liked it
Shelves: madness, musicology
The ravings of a lunatic genius. Nobody does dark, bloody lust like Nick Cave. A lovely whores breakfast of Cave miscellany.
Nov 23, 2008 Jenny rated it really liked it
Nick Cave is freaking amazing... he is just brill.
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Great poetry.......a piece of it included to the soundtrack of The Proposition which Nick Cave did.
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Nicholas Edward Cave is an Australian musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter, and occasional actor. He is best known for his work in the rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and his fascination with American music and its roots. He has a reputation, which he disowns, for singing dark, brooding songs which some listeners regard as depressing. His music is characterised by intensity, high ener ...more
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