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Bad Seed by Ian  Johnston
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Oct 29, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011, biographies, music
Read from February 04 to 07, 2011

Whilst I approached this book as a fan of Nick Cave's work, there's always a fear that a biography will be either a smear job or a sycophantic fan's ramblings. This book is neither of those: it presents a timeline of Cave's work with a warts and all approach, balancing the good stuff with the character flaws.

There are lots of direct quotes, both from Cave and his associates, making the book feel real and engaging.

There are some wonderful insights into his methiods of wroking and how he diversified into writing books and appearing in films.

There are awkward moments throughout the book, but it deals openly and honestly with a complex character and how he has interacted with other talented individuals to produce a staggering body of work.

Like him or not, anyone would have to concede that he's a prolific artist, who has battled through tough times (some of them self imposed granted!) to produce some startling music.

The book has added a lot to my appreciation of his work.

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