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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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Five Examples Of Pop Stars Becoming Authors

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Eagle-eyed indie fans will have seen the hilarious news that Morrissey has been nominated for the ‘Bad Sex Award’ by The Literary Review this week. His first fictional work ‘List of the Lost’, arriving two years after 2013’s notorious ‘Autobiography’, received wildly mixed reviews from most critics.

The nominated passage of ‘erotic’ prose contains the memorable phrase ‘bulbous salutation’. He may be lauded as the lead singer of The Smiths and as a solo artist, but it’s unlikely that his fiction will be remembered in quite the same way, if this is anything to go by.

However, success on the stage doesn’t necessarily preclude a rock star from enjoying successful pursuits as writers. Here are some other, more accomplished examples of rock stars writing prose instead of lyrics.

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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.

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Nick Cave Performs Live In Concert

Nick Cave - Nick Cave performs live in concert at the Royal Concert Hall at Royal Concert Hall - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Sunday 26th April 2015

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Celebration Of The 60th Anniversary Of Allen Ginsberg's Howl With Music, Words And Funny People

Nick Cave - Shots of a variety of stars as they Celebrated the 60th anniversary of Allen Ginsberg's Howl with music, words and funny people which was held at The Ace Hotel Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 7th April 2015

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LFW AW15 - Pam Hogg - Front Row

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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Music Legend Marianne Faithfull To Celebrate 50th Career Anniversary With Tour

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In celebration of her career's 50th anniversary, Marianne Faithfull is set to release a brand new single, 'Late Victorian Holocaust', at the end of September, 2014. The single is set to serve as the fifth album on her upcoming 20th studio album, entitled 'Give My Love to London'. 

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Marianne Faithfull began her music career at the age of 17

'Give My Love to London' is due for release on the 11th November, 2014, with a celebratory tour beginning a month earlier in October. The tour will celebrate her career which has so far spanned five decades, beginning when she was just 17 years old in 1964. The beginning of her career, between the years 1966 and 1970 were spent in a well-publicised relationship with Mick Jagger. 

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20,000 Days On Earth Review


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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Nick Cave's '20,000 Days On Earth' Could Be Finest Movie Of 2014

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Nick Cave's talent for songwriting had never been disputed. In fact, many would consider the Australian amongst our generation's most talented songsmiths and so it came as no surprise that his screenwriting debut, 2007's The Proposition, was heralded as a sharp, sprawling epic.

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Cave's new movie, 20,000 Days on Earth, has been in development for some time. The musician co-wrote and stars in the film, about a fictional 24 hours in the life of the Bad Seeds man. It premiered in-competition in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in January, winning two awards. And now, on the eve of its bow in the cinemas, critics agree that 20,000 Days on Earth is one of the most intriguing movies of the year.

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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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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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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ original score for the French film, Loin des Hommes, is out now. Full details
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Watch the new exclusive film created to celebrate the publication of Nick Cave's new book - The Sick Bag Song. The film is the fourth in a series of five films created by 20,000 Days on Earth directors Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard.
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