Nick Cave by Polly Borland
Death of Bunny Munro
Nick Cave finally got his book deal signed and the publisher is Canongate! Speaking about the newly acquired rights to Cave’s novel is Canongate publisher and managing director Jamie Byng: “Nick is one of the great forces in contemporary culture—not just an outstanding musician and singer, but also a superb writer, be it of lyrics, screenplays, music scores or novels,” said Byng. “This novel is going to shock and amaze a lot of people.”
According to Bookseller.com (12 September 2008), “Cave’s forthcoming book will trace “the fortunes of one man and his son on a road trip around the south coast of England following the suicide of his wife”.
Hmm. The new novel’s preliminary synopsis sounds like it was inspired by Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, a book that Cave said made him cry (I agree – reading that one was an emotional experience). Speaking of which, remember that Nick and Warren Ellis are composing the film score for the The Road, starring Viggo Mortensen, directed by long-time friend John Hillcoat. The Road‘s tentative release date is November 26th.
See also: Canongate buys new Nick Cave novel (Guardian.co.uk)
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds are touring the USA as I write this post.
The band played Hollywood Bowl on 17 September. One concert attendee noted that the 10.45 pm curfew was something Cave didn’t take kindly to. In order to get their set done, the band didn’t leave the stage for the requisite encore, but played straight through. The sound was excellent and the set was tight. Best of all, Nick was in a very good mood, and had fun with the front row crowd, according to twohoos at NC&tBS DF, who noted: “he seemed to relish every minute — and so did we”.
Interview with Nick, from the L.A. Times Music Blog, posted before the show:
Hollywood Bowl Set List:
1. Night of the Lotus Eaters
2. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
4. Red Right Hand
5. Into My Arms
6. Midnight Man
7. The Mercy Seat
10. The Ship Song
11. We Call Upon The Author
12. Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry
13. Hard On For Love
14. Stagger Lee
I have an insider who plans on attending the October NYC show, and she has promised full disclosure, so stay tuned for that one! (*Winks* to Laura!)
*Don’t forget – Nicky turns 51 years old on Monday, September 22nd. Many Happy Returns, Nickster. You are our FAVORITE LOVER!