Well, excuuuussee me. Not only has Nick Cave been recognized as an official ‘Counter Culture Icon‘ – he’s just been awarded a PhD.
According to today’s Australia Sun Coast Daily, Nick Cave has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws, from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, where he once studied Fine Art.
Not everyone was pleased at the news.
In a 1997 interview, Nick claimed he dropped out because his teacher was unable to appreciate his then-obsession with ‘sleazy art.’
Cave’s recent remarks about Monash University:
“I’d come out of Caulfield Grammar School, which was very sports-orientated and to be interested in arts at the time was swimming upstream. To suddenly go into this environment where there were a lot of like-minded people talking about art was incredible for me.
“I sat around and talked with a lot of third year students in the park and didn’t really hand in a lot of work… but what I learnt from those conversations was enormous. I’m eternally grateful that I failed because it pushed me into a different area. You learn what you love in those years.”
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis will collaborate on yet another film score. This time it’s for John Hillcoat’s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel, The Road.
Last, there’s an interview with Nick Cave in the March 2008 issue of PLAN B – Issue 31. Available here.
Later, Cave Fiends.