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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.



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Nick Cave Returns To Europe For 2017 Fall Tour


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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 CaveNick 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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Andrew Lockwood's Top Ten Albums Of 2016


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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.

Regina Spektor, Slaves and James Blake

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree Album Review


There are too many lives taken too early in many walks of life but, with the possible exception of the armed services, none more so than in Rock 'n Roll. Early, often tragic, unfortunate, untimely and ultimately futile death has seemingly been a staple of the profession from its earliest incarnation. It's almost an expected given from time-to-time. Line-ups change because of it, the artists in question often take on another type of, celebrated/lauded/deity status and record companies release endless re mastered collections so that we can fully appreciate 'our' loss.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree Album Review

The tragedy of the unexpected early death of one's son or daughter to an artist is a far rarer thing and as such is more of an unknown. Nick Cave has always been, in my eyes at least, such a strong, powerful, confident and authoritative person. Yes he's capable of creating beauty, baring his soul, capturing love and longing and expressing it brilliantly but always with a certain swagger, an inner belief and a natural charisma. The death of his fifteen year old son, Arthur, has so obviously changed that in so many ways on his, and the Bad Seeds, latest release, 'Skeleton Tree'.

Although 'Skeleton Tree; was started prior to Arthur's passing it is clear in every aspect of the record that each song is somehow channelling Nick's grief. From the opening bars of the vibraphone on 'Jesus Alone' and through very last mournful word that Nick utters the darkness of death is not far away. His sorrow, frustration, confusion and anguish are audible throughout; if not literally in lyrical form, then in his often stark rendering of the songs in his performance. Nick has always been capable of swerving between the tender and the tormented but on 'Skeleton Tree' he sounds older, his vocal is not so polished and at times he sounds fragile. There is a brittle seam that runs through his new record that ultimately captures its emotional sensitivity and its portrayal of such a sad loss. Nick has himself questioned whether his voice is strong enough, and it's not as strong as it is on any of his previous 15 studio albums, but it is no less effective, emotive, soulful or engaging. His ability to lift, suspend or arrest your sensibilities is undiminished as he works through a series of songs that, by his own admission, have a rawness that is more stark and unfinished than most of his previous back catalogue.

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Nick Cave Admits He 'Changed' Following Son's Death


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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.

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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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Nick Cave's Son Ruled To Have Taken LSD Before Fatal Cliff Fall


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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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Nick Cave's Son Dies After Tragic Cliff Fall


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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 and sonsNick Cave with his sons Arthur and Earl in 2012

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Nick Cave - Celebrities attends Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Private View at the V&A museum in London. - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 12th March 2015

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Bobbie Gillespie and Nick Cave - London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015 - Pam Hogg - Front Row at London Fashion Week - London, United Kingdom - Monday 23rd February 2015

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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

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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

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20,000 Days On Earth Review


Excellent

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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A Week In Movies: Hudson Wows New York, Planes And Pudsey Premiere, Plus New Trailers For Cave, Knightley And Witherspoon


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Zach Braff & Kate Hudson at the Wish I Was Here premiere

A sleek and sexy Kate Hudson wowed the red carpet at the New York premiere of her new film Wish I Was Here. She was accompanied on the night by director-cowriter-star Zach Braff as well as costars Donald Faison, Ashley Greene and Joey King. The film is about a 35-year-old man trying to figure out his life, career and family. Look through the full premiere gallery here.

In Los Angeles, Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Hal Holbrook, Erik Estrada and Brad Garrett were on hand for the premiere of their new animated film Planes: Fire & Rescue, which was held to benefit the L.A. Fire Department. Also in attendance were musicians Kesha, Ludacris and country singer Brad Paisley. Watch the trailer for Planes: Fire & Rescue here.

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'20,000 Days On Earth': Trailer Released For Intriguing Nick Cave Docu-Drama


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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.

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Contactmusic.com's Top Albums Of 2013


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Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampire in the City

Vampire Weekend 'Modern Vampire in the City' - 'Modern Vampires in the City' makes it three for three for the New Yorkers and their latest release could very well be their best yet. It shows evolution for the band, but they have retained that essential quality that made 'Contra' and their self-titled debut such wonderfully upbeat and genuine pleasures to listen to each time. 'Modern Vampire in the City' is also the release that marks Vampire Weekend as a band that should be taken seriously, but one who you can still have immense fun with. 'Diane Young' is yet another indie floor filler, standing shoulder to shoulder with previous bangers 'A-Punk' and 'Cousins.' Where the album really excels, however, is when VW reach out to new quarters and sound completely inimitable. The yelps of 'Ya Hey' bring fun to a song that essentially deals with the theme of lost conviction, the graceful 'Hanna Hunt' erupts in the most complete song released this year and album opener 'Obvious Bicycle' sets the whole thing in motion with its refreshingly angelic melodies and steady, train-like clunks that lie beneath all the splendour. Vampire Weekend are no longer the Brooklyn minions rattling at the gates of eminence, the gates have been swung open for them and the welcoming committee should have made them feel rightly at home. 

Hookworms - Pearl Mystic

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Nick Cave - Nick Cave and Susie Bick Wednesday 22nd August 2012 The premiere of 'Lawless' at ArcLight Cinemas

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Nick Cave

Date of birth

22nd September, 1957

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

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Nick Cave Movies

20,000 Days on Earth Movie Review

20,000 Days on Earth Movie Review

Far from the standard biographical documentary, this is a strikingly artistic exploration of the life...

20,000 Days On Earth Trailer

20,000 Days On Earth Trailer

In true Nick Cave style, the lines between real-life and fiction are blurred in a...

Lawless Movie Review

Lawless Movie Review

Director Hillcoat and musician-turned-screenwriter Cave previously worked together back home in Australia on the dark...

The Proposition Movie Review

The Proposition Movie Review

The opening of John Hillcoat's The Proposition wastes no time getting you in the mood....

Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man Movie Review

Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man Movie Review

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