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Nick Cave

 B i o g r a p h y

Nicholas Edward Cave (born September 22, 1957) is a musician, songwriter, poet, author, and actor. Cave was born in Warracknabeal , Australia, the son of (librarian) Dawn and (English-teacher) Colin Cave, brother of Tim (b. 1952), Peter (b. 1954) and Julie (b. 1959). In 1989 his first novel was published: And The Ass Saw The Angel, which also greatly influenced and was influenced by the first few albums of the Bad Seeds.


In high school, Cave met Mick Harvey , with whom he founded his first band, The Boys Next Door. The band changed their name to The Birthday Party at about the same time as they moved to London. In 1983, after moving to West Berlin, The Birthday Party disbanded and Cave and Harvey went on to form the first version of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds with guitarist Blixa Bargeld (from Einstürzende Neubauten), Anita Lane, guitarist and keyboard-player Barry Adamson (formerly of Magazine) and guitarist Hugo Race .

This line-up recorded their debut album, released in 1984, From Her To Eternity, though over the years the line-up would change to at times include: Kid Congo Powers, Roland Wolf, Martyn P. Casey (current), Conway Savage (current), Thomas Wilder (current), Warren Ellis (current), Jim Sclavunos (current), James Johnston (current).

Cave moved to São Paulo, Brazil, where he married Viviane Carneiro in 1987. The two have a son, Luke, born 1991. In spring of 1993, Cave moved back to London. He now lives in Brighton, and is married to actress Susie Bick, with whom he has twin sons, Arthur and Earl. Nick Cave's music is featured in several of Wim Wenders' movies, including Wings of Desire (where Cave also appears, doing a live performance), Until the End of the World, and Faraway... So Close . Cave also co-wrote and acted in Ghosts... of the Civil Dead , a 1989 independent movie. Also in 1989, Cave published his novel And the Ass Saw the Angel, to critical acclaim.In 1996, Cave and The Bad Seeds released an album, Murder Ballads, as the title suggests an album full of songs about murder. A duet with Kylie Minogue, "Where The Wild Roses Grow", was a mainstream hit.

After the release of the 2003 album Nocturama Blixa Bargeld announced he was leaving the band to devote more time to Einstürzende Neubauten, hence leaving Mick Harvey as the only surviving founding member of the band other than Cave himself. "The Proposition", a film written by Cave, directed by John Hillcoat and starring Guy Pearce, is currently under production in Queensland.

Official site: www.nickcave.com 

 A l b u m s

Your Funeral... ... my Trial (Mute Records, 1986)
Murder Ballads (Mute Records, 1996)
Push the Sky Away (Bad Seed Ltd., 2013)