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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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Nick Cave is one of my favorite singer/song writers of all time. He is eloquent, beautiful, sensual, dark, violent, obsessive, visionary and so much more! He has been on the scene for thirty years and every album is a surprise, none sound the same. My husband gave me this book for my birthday. It has a short preface but is otherwise a collection of interviews over his whole career. It is rough reading at first. Throughout the 1980s interviews he is snarly to the journalists (though I have read s ...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.
It's entertaining to see how each journalist attempts to describe Nick Cave's enigmatic presence. My favourites include: 'a feral farm boy', 'a puffy, pock-cheeked, swollen-lidded Halloween pumpkin', 'rail-thin and besuited' and 'proto-Goth lunatic.' Unfortunately, it seems that none of them can do him justice. His answers are often unpredictable, transcending what the less-informed journos were expecting, and can be affable and explosive within the same space of time. This collection gets repet ...more
Oct 09, 2014 Simon rated it really liked it
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
Great compilation of interviews with Nick Cave up to the Lyre of Orpheus inc, Boys Next Door and The Birthday Party. Also some good background to his anti-journo epic "Scum" and even an early review by award winning writer Michael Faber (Crimson Petal and White. You get the whole gamut form Cave stoned and gouching out during interviews to his new found sobriety and caring family man. A must for any fans out there.