THE ILLUSTRATED MAN OF ROCK & ROLL | NICK CAVE – THE FRUIT OF A BAD SEED

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Nick Cave is The Illustrated Man of Rock ‘n’ Roll.  If you focus too hard, his works become tattoos that leap to life and pull you into the story of his tried and troubled soul – on a self-imposed path that’s been traveled long and hard.  You see the young anarchist punk who dyed his hair jet black (and still does), thumbing his snub nose at the clowns of conformity.  You see the angst-filled artist holed-up in his Berlin bedsit – walls covered with tattered images of religious icons and pornography, whilst penning And The Ass Saw The Angel. You see the addict stabbing the needle into his hungry vein in an attempt to satisfy the starving artist’s soul.  You see an aging artist, now reformed, reaching climax.  You see and feel the man to the point of it being inwardly personal, downright uncomfortable – and even painful at times… Don’t dare stare at the illustrated man.

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10 thoughts on “THE ILLUSTRATED MAN OF ROCK & ROLL | NICK CAVE – THE FRUIT OF A BAD SEED

  1. This is great! I recently discovered nick cave’s art and really enjoyed this post.
    Also, great blog. I discovered it after reading “Hells Angels” and have returned every day.

  2. I just saw Grinderman in Toronto for the first show of the tour. They were crazy good. Really wild and really into it. I prefer Grinderman over seeing him with the Bad Seeds. He seems a lot more interactive and loud.

  3. Best description of Nick Cave I’ve ever heard is “half Elvis, half Nosferatu”. If you can find it, listen to a speech he gave at some university, entitled “The Secret Life of the Love Song,” in which he describes his art and the art of writing in general. Brilliant stuff.

  4. Going through a bit of a Nick Cave obsessive-phase at the moment, and was hoping to see him on here one of these days. As always, superb content. What a way to end a Friday! Thanks JP. :)

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