Nick Cave (born 22.09.1957)
Nick Cave is an Australian musician best known for fronting the band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
Nick Cave: Childhood
Nick Cave was born in Warracknabeal in Victoria, Australia. His parents are Dawn, a librarian, and Colin Cave, an English teacher. He later moved to Wangaratta.
He was raised an Anglican and sang in a choir but he was often in trouble at the local school he attended.
He was sent to the boarding school Melbourne's Caulfield Grammar School where he also joined the choir there.
At age 19, his father died in a car accident and he found out from his mother when she picked him up from a police station after getting arrested for burglary.
He fine art at the Caulfield Institute of Technology but soon dropped out in favour of a music career and started using heroin.
Nick Cave: Musical career
Nick Cave's first band The Birthday Party began in 1973 with his boarding school friends: guitarist Mick Harvey, drummer Phill Calvert, guitarist John Cochivera, bassist Brett Purcell and saxophonist Chris Coyne.
The line-up changed several times and later included Tracy Pew and Rowland S. Howard, and in 1977 they were named The Boys Next Door before they changed it to The Birthday Party in 1980.
The band split up in 1983.
Soon after, Cave formed Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds; a band which has released 15 studio albums and whose biggest selling single was 1995's 'Where the Wild Roses Grow' featuring Kylie Minogue.
Cave has done much solo touring since the 1990s accompanied by Warren Ellis on violin and accordion.
In 2006 he formed the band Grinderman with fellow multi-instrumentalists Warren Ellis, Martyn P. Casey and Jim Sclavunos. The name was inspired by a Memphis Slim song.
The band had only released two albums; their self-titled debut and 'Grinderman 2'; before disbanding in 2011.
His songs have been used in the soundtracks of several movies including 'Dogs in Space', 'Batman Forever', 'Dumb & Dumber', 'Scream', 'Hellboy', 'Shrek 2' and 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' as well as several of Wim Wenders films including 'Wings of Desire', 'Faraway, So Close!', and 'Until the End of the World'.
He has worked on original soundtracks for 2005's 'The Proposition', 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford' and 'Lawless'.
He has collaborated with a variety of artists such as Shane MacGowan, The Flaming Lips, Johnny Cash, Marianne Faithfull, Current 93 and Chris Bailey.
Nick Cave: Other career ventures
Nick Cave has released several books. His first was 'King Ink' in 1988 which was collection of lyrics and plays.
In 1989, he released his first novel 'And the Ass Saw the Angel' which was followed by his second novel 'The Death of Bunny Munro' in 2009.
Cave has written screenplays and made appearances in several films. In 1998, he appeared opposite Blixa Bargeld in 'Dandy' and later 1989's 'Ghosts ... of the Civil Dead', 1991's 'Johnny Suede' with Brad Pitt, 2005's 'Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man' and he and the rest of the Bad Seeds were in 'Wings of Desire'.
He has written the screenplay for 'The Proposition' as well as 2012 film 'Lawless' which stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain and Gary Oldman.
Nick Cave: Personal life
Nick Cave has dated several people including Anita Lane who he recorded with on a few occasions, Brazilian journalist Viviane Carneiro with whom he has a son called Luke and PJ Harvey in the '90s.
He also has a son called Jethro who lived with his mother Beau Lazenby and who only met Cave when he was 7 or 8.
He married Susie Bick in 1999 and they have twin sons called Arthur and Earl. They live in Brighton and Hove in England.
He is the godfather to the late Michael Hutchence's only child, Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily Hutchence Geldof.