Nick Cave: Sinner Saint: The True Confessions, Thirty Years of Essential Interviews
by Mat Snow
Iconic drug-rock frontman, brutally poetic songwriter, cult novelist, and critically acclaimed screenwriter — Nick Cave is one of the most revered and singular artistic talents of the past three decades. This revealing collection of interviews tells the story of his 30-year career in his own words. Including his debauched years with the Birthday Party, the global success o...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 11th 2011 by Plexus Publishing
(first published 2011)
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I remember it was after my junior year of high school, and The Boatman's Call was just recently re-issued; I still owned my out of print copy, and I honestly was becoming dull from Kerouac's loquacious ramblings; I was not auspicious enough to fuck a graduating senior girl before she left for hopefully greater, and better things; the dying breaths of that year was something worse than neurosis, and I felt all those maladies. Buying this book from a record shop that day, I was eager to devour th...more
Feb 12, 2013 Simon rated it 4 of 5 stars
This book is very interesting reading for Nick Cave fans, especially those of younger generations like me. First, it does a good job of showing the Australian singer's unlikely metamorphosis from the batcave post-punk scene's closest equivalent of GG Allin (watch some Birthday Party live footage if you don't believe me!) to his generation's own Leonard Cohen-style spiritually inclined crooner type and further beyond that again. Second, it presents some first-hand evidence of where certain aspect...more
As a relative latecomer to the music of Nick Cave (I got into his music around 2000 or so), this anthology of interviews filled in a lot of the gaps I had about his earlier, wilder years. Since I wasn't a fan then (or more accurately, wasn't even aware of him), it was enlightening to go back and read about the early days in Australia, the Berlin years, the Brazil years, etc. Great stuff.