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Darker with the dawn : Nick Cave’s songs of love and death

ISBN: 9781538160350
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Origin: US
Release Date: December, 2023

Book Details

From his early work with The Birthday Party to the future sounds of Ghosteen, Nick Cave has rewritten the language of rock ‘n’ roll. Darker with the Dawn uncovers the history and deeper meanings behind Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ most well-known songs from “Tupelo”, “The Mercy Seat”, “Red Right Hand”, “Stagger Lee”, “Into My Arms”, to “Higgs Boson Blues” and beyond. The book explores Nick Cave’s life in music drawing upon his inspirations of the Bible, Greek myth, and literature, as well as his enduring passion for gospel, blues, and progressive rock. Steiner reflects upon Cave’s journey from his childhood in Australia, struggles with drug addiction, his young fascination with the nightmare landscapes of America’s wild west and the southern gothic towards a reckoning with his own sense of Christian spirituality. In a career spanning four decades Cave’s songwriting has moved from the saints and sinners of the traditional murder ballad to piano-based heartbreak songs, deconstructed garage rock and ambient fever dreams delivered through minimalist electronica. Adam Steiner dives into the world of a complex songwriter who, in his universal expressions of love and death, continues to speak to us of the light and shade of humanity.