In a series of discussions with journalist Sean O'Hagan, we meet an older, reflective theologically-probing musician, drawn to the Christian qualities of mercy, atonement and forgiveness.
After Anita Lane died, former collaborator Nick Cave said she “despised the concept of the muse but was everybody’s”. Meera Atkinson highlights her achievements – with help from those who knew her.
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Nick Cave’s ongoing letters to fans, begun after a period of intense mourning over the death of his son, have much to say about suffering, mercy and meaning-making.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at Primavera Sound Festival on June 1 2018.
To quote Nick Cave, “Plagiarism is an ugly word for what, in rock and roll, is a natural and necessary … tendency … and that is to steal”.
Australian rock musician Nick Cave.
Rock artist Nick Cave finds poetry in the darkness - his song “Jubilee Street” is an example.
Nick Cave performing with The Bad Seeds in Budapest in June. His song lyrics, with those often melancholy, churchy organ chords, are dripping in references to what might be called sacredness.
The enquiry into sacredness is not over, it’s just beginning for the 21st century, and in wildly disparate modes and places. In music, Nick Cave, Hozier and Dr G. Yunupingu have led the way.
Screenshot from Distant Sky (2018).
The film of Cave’s first tour since the death of his son is powerful and evocative.
Songwriters such as Nick Cave (pictured) and the late Yolngu star Gurrumul have often drawn on the scriptures in their work.
In less than two generations, the proportion of Australians who never pick up a Bible has leapt to seven out of ten. But a robust biblical literacy can help us decode creative works and understand the past.
Nick Cave’s notebook, now on display in the Australian Music Vault.
A new, permanent exhibition, which pays tribute to Australian popular music, represents a coming of age for our industry.
A scene from the TV mini-series, ‘Mars’.
The recently broadcast TV mini-series, “Mars”, combines fiction and nonfiction in a way that places them in balance. This kind of combination is likely to feature in more television series and films.