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Nick Cave (born 22.09.1957) Nick Cave is an Australian musician best known for fronting the band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
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 studied fine art at the Caulfield Institute of Technology but soon dropped out in favour of a music career and started using heroin.
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.
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.
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.
They've been working on yet another movie project.
Bad Seeds members Nick Cave and Warren Ellis reunite for yet another film soundtrack, previewing two new songs from the forthcoming Halle Berry drama 'Kings'. It will be their eleventh score that they have composed together for a movie, though they have also worked on television and theatre soundtracks.
Nick Cave at BFI London Festival
The musical dream team will be dropping their 16-track score to the Deniz Gamze Ergüven-directed 'Kings' this Spring, featuring the melancholy orchestral numbers 'Saying Goodbye' and 'Waking Up' which are now available to preview ahead of the film launch.
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The performance took place during his 60th birthday bash in Dublin.
Shane MacGowan celebrated his 60th birthday in style this week with a concert that featured a number of seminal performers from Bono to Johnny Depp. Perhaps the most stand-out moment of the evening, however, was Shane's heart-warming duet with Bad Seeds singer Nick Cave.
Shane MacGowan on his way to hang out with Bono in Dublin
The Pogues frontman turned 60 on Christmas day, and almost a month later has honoured the milestone with a sell-out show at the National Concert Hall in Dublin on Monday (January 15th 2018). He left most of the performing to his guests, but he did appear for a couple of musical numbers.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' new career spanning retrospective Lovely Creatures is a monolithic document of a monumental career in music. Covering the years from 1984 to 2014 (post-Birthday Party up to the Push the Sky Away LP) with no Birthday Party, no Grinderman, no soundtrack work or guest appearances, just straight Bad Seeds goodness. If you want an easily digestible guide, this probably isn't it: the deluxe edition contains 45 songs, a hardback book and a 2-hour DVD. If you have the time to spare this collection, the rewards are plenty.
The retrospective kicks off with a double header which more or less sum up the two distinct areas of the Bad Seeds' sound: From Her to Eternity is all bluster, with free jazz drums, dissonant guitars and a demonic Screamin' Jay Hawkins-esque vocal delivery. This is followed by In the Ghetto, a fairly faithful Elvis cover which highlights Cave's talents as a balladeer.
As one might expect from such a highly-regarded musician, the brilliant songs keep flowing, from those better known: People Ain't No Good, Where The Wild Roses Grow and Red Right Hand are all present and correct, as is Stagger Lee, a song worth the price of admission alone.
'Skeleton Tree' hits the road this year.
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds will supporting their sixteenth studio album 'Skeleton Tree' with a 29-date UK and European tour which is due to kick off in the Fall of this year. It will mark the group's first European tour in three years and will span 18 countries.
Nick Cave will tour Europe for the first time since 2014
One year after the release of 2016's 'Skeleton Tree', Nick Cave and his band will be embarking on an 8-week tour over the September, October and November months. They'll first be taking themselves to the Bournemouth International Centre on September 24th, and will finish their Europe tour at the Faliro Sports Arena in Athens, Greece on November 16th. They will then play a one off gig at the Menorah Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel on November 19th.
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Whilst 2016 has been too full of tragedy and sad loss it has also undoubtedly been a bumper year in terms of album releases.
There is no way to aptly mark the passing of some of the very best artists of any generation but in amongst the untimely deaths has come some inspirational and ground breaking music.
My albums are all ones I have enjoyed immensely and continue to play. Whilst Radiohead, M.I.A, Peter Doherty and many others may have missed the cut it wasn't really a difficult choice this year. It may not be all that eclectic but there are some great albums in there. Nick Cave's Skeleton Tree is not only this years best album but also an album that is rapidly becoming one of my all time favourites, it's just so good.
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The singer opens up about his child's death in new documentary trailer.
Nick Cave talks candidly about the death of his teenage son for the first time in the new trailer for his documentary 'One More Time With Feeling'. He explains how such tragic circumstances can change a person, and it seems his ordeal has had a profound effect on how his 16th studio album 'Skeleton Tree' has developed.
Nick Cave gets candid about son's death
The black and white trailer for the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds film is laid over eerie violin and light piano as Cave talks about personal identity. He expresses that while most people don't expect to change significantly in their lifetime, rather simply adapting and improving, sometimes life can present crises that transform a person.
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Arthur Cave and a friend took the hallucinogenic drug for the first time earlier on the day of his death in July.
The son of rock singer Nick Cave was found to have taken the hallucinogenic drug LSD before falling to his death from a cliff earlier this year, a post-mortem inquest has heard.
15 year old Arthur Cave, one of the singer’s twin sons, suffered a fatal brain injury when he fell from the top of a cliff near Brighton onto the Orvingdean underpass on July 14th this year. He was alive but badly injured after the fall, but died later in the evening at the Royal Sussex County hospital.
The inquest also heard testimony from the teenager’s friend (who cannot be named for legal reasons), who said that he and Arthur had taken the powerful hallucinogen together for the first time. DC Vicky Loft, who read the friend’s statement, said that he had researched the drug and its effects but found little about the potential negative effects.
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Arthur Cave, 15, tragically died soon after falling from a 60ft cliff near Brighton on Tuesday.
Rock singer Nick Cave’s teenage son has died in hospital after falling from the top of chalk cliffs near Brighton.
15 year old Arthur Cave was airlifted to Royal Sussex county hospital on Tuesday (July 14th) after walkers found him with life-threatening injuries at around 6pm at the foot of a 60ft. drop below the Ovingdean Gap. Those who found him attempted to administer first aid and quickly rang for emergency services.
Nick Cave with his sons Arthur and Earl in 2012
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Susie Bick and Nick Cave - Various stars of film and television were photographed on the red carpet as they arrived for the the EE British Academy of Film and Television Awards which were held at The Opera House in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th February 2015
Nick Cave - Various stars of film and television were photographed on the red carpet as they arrived for the the EE British Academy of Film and Television Awards which were held at The Opera House in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th February 2015
Far from the standard biographical documentary, this is a strikingly artistic exploration of the life of musician, actor and writer Nick Cave, assembled with the rhythms and energies of his work. It's such an inventive approach to filmmaking that it's both gripping and surprisingly moving, shot with a lush visual style that weaves in Cave's distinctive, provocative music and earthy humour.
The film follows Cave over the course of one day, which he has calculated is his 20,000th. Born in rural Australia, Cave is now 56, and lives in Brighton, England, with his wife Susie Bick and their cheeky twin sons Arthur and Earl. Over the course of this day, Cave reminisces about his life as he goes through his usual routine: writing his next script, working with his songwriting partner Warren Ellis and watching TV with his boys. On this day, he also visits the recording studio, talks about issues from his childhood with noted psychoanalyst Darian Leader, trawls through his archive and offers lifts to friends and collaborators like Kylie Minogue, Ray Winstone and Blixa Bargeld.
There are moments when we can feel Cave and filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard straining to find a clever way of inserting the usual documentary elements, so the film sometimes feels a bit belaboured. For example, Cave's archive is a cluttered basement full of old documents, photos and videos that are projected on to the walls as archival clips. This may be contrived, but it's also bracingly original, as is turning the usual to-camera interviews into revelatory conversations with the man himself. And the songs are performed in jam sessions, practice rooms and beautifully shot stage pieces. For his part, Cave goes through this odyssey with deadpan wit and refreshing transparency, opening up about his personal life, creative processes and the tricky balance between fame and artistic integrity.
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It's Nick Cave, in all of his leftfield, curmudgeonly glory.
20,000 Days On Earth: no it's not a gun-totin' new action movie about an alien invasion, it's a drama about a day in the life of Nick Cave. The pseudo-documentary supposedly charts the rocker's 20,000th day on Earth.
The 56 year-old Australian musician narrates the film, which features scenes of him writing on a typewriter, going to therapy, spending time with Kylie Minogue and Ray Winstone, having food with fellow Aussie musician Warren Ellis, and hanging out with his son watching Scarface.
Anyone looking for a humdrum, fly-on-the-wall experience of a typical Cave day will be disappointed: the film does examine his songwriting process, live show performances and various celebrity friendships but it's creative in its narration, echoing Cave's own idiosyncracies.
Date of birth
22nd September, 1957
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