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Top 5 MUST-HAVES for the Nick Cave fan

1. And the Ass Saw the Angel by Nick Cave:
This 1989 novel tells the story of Euchrid Eucrow, a mute hero born into the desolate, escape-less, backwoods Ukulore Valley. Cave’s use of words is beyond vivid. It’s nightmare inducing. His novel is deeply disturbing, beautiful, and his manipulation of dialect recalls A Clockwork Orange and Trainspotting.


2. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: The Road to God Knows Where/ Live at the Paradiso:
The first feature, a film by Uli M. Schueppel, stars Cave, Blixa Bargeld, and the other Bad Seeds throughout an American tour in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Not your typical road video, it’s unconventionally filmed and seamlessly edited. Live at the Paradiso has some of the best performances of his career - “Jack the Ripper”, “The Mercy Seat”, and an epic “Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry” are all here.


3. Abattoir Blues Tour:
Thirsty reviewed this collection in May, and felt the need to mention it yet again. Two DVDs and two CDs with rarities such as “Wild World” mixed in with classics like “Deanna” and “The Weeping Song”. Also has a video documentary of the “Bring It On” video shoot, featuring Blixa Bargeld.


4. The Life and Music of Nick Cave: An Illustrated Biography:
Rare photographs and a complete history of the man in a gorgeous coffee table book. More than one hundred pictures, most of them full page. A favorite shows Cave in his study writing his novel, surrounded by locks of hair and doll heads for inspiration.


5. Bad Seed: The Biography of Nick Cave:
A paperback version, for when you can’t carry the coffee table book with you. An easy read, with great history and more unseen photographs. The entire back story of The Birthday Party is explained, as is Nick’s relationship with his muse Anita Lane and his work with no-wave/experimental artist Lydia Lunch.




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