Cover art by Steve Wacksman
“This is an exceptional anthology, a beautiful piece of art, a serious account of one man’s life work and a great example of the possibilities of new media in the 21st Century.” – Dr Nathan Wiseman-Trowse, The University of Northampton
“It’s hard not to get too excited about this text because I am. Read Write [Hand] is a blast of fresh intellectual air.”
– Dr Paul Lumsden, Grant MacEwan University, USA
…While the project is designedly aimed at a particular audience, one of its strengths is that it also helps address reasons for the traditionally divisive nature of Cave’s work. Despite its rather embarrassingly “Dad-joke” title, Read Write [Hand] is, additionally, an important text, post-Harry Potter VIII, in that it posits the timely question of whether Cave’s reign as the apotheosis of the alternative rock star is over.
– Dr Karen Welberry, Cultural seeds: Essays on the Work of Nick Cave (Ashgate, 2009).
Read Write [Hand]: A multi-disciplinary Nick Cave reader is a provocative new e-collection of illustrated essays, accompanied by illustrative online mixtapes, which interrogates Nick Cave’s literary undertones and emphases, false-starts and fixations, achievements and overall credentials. Taking as its starting-point the notion that his work – as both songwriter and Writer – represents an extraordinarily rich nub of musical-literary intersection, this unique volume represents an attempt to explore Cave’s interdisciplinarity via its own multidisciplinarity. Featuring essays by Robert Brokenmouth and Prof. Nick Groom, poetry by Roddy Lumsden and John Clegg, cover artwork by Steve Wacksman and a new version of Cave’s ‘Bring It On’ by Cypress Grove & the Signifiers.
– Editor: Sam Kinchen-Smith Silkworms Ink (2011)
Includes: ” ‘There’s a Devil Crawling Along Your Floor’: Love + Lust = Madness in Cave’s videos ” by Morgan Wolfe (2011). Illustrated by Marisa Redburn.
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Review Read Write [Hand]: A multi-disciplinary Nick Cave reader by Dr Karen Welberry, co-editor of Cultural Seeds: Essays on the work of Nick Cave (Ashgate, 2009)
The essays in this collection cover topics ranging from analysis of Cave’s interest in the divine (Kevin E.G. Perry, Peter Webb), the cinematic quality of many of Cave’s lyrics (Cypress Grove) and the inter-textuality of much of his work (Nick Groom, Nicolas Pillai, Ashlee Elfman), through a close reading of a ‘Green Eyes’ as poetry (Phil Brown) and the recurring trope of ‘Loverman’ (Morgan Wolfe), to various challenges issued to Cave by those concerned about a change of direction in his work (Spring Offensive, Sam Kinchin-Smith)… It is, however, the two close readings, ‘But a Matter of Faith: Cave’s Lyrical Accomplishment and Poetic Scrutiny’ by Phil Brown and ‘”There’s a Devil Crawling Along Your Floor”: Love + Lust = Madness in Cave’s videos’ by Morgan Wolfe, which really shine in this anthology. Brown, a teacher and poet, tackles the perennial question is whether it is just or fruitful to treat lyrics as poetry–a question especially pertinent in contemporary contexts in which collections of lyrics not only sell well but are part of the secondary school curriculum. Although he comes down on the ‘unjust’ side of the debate, Brown offers a scintillating discussion of the shifting narrative voice and interpretive possibilities of Cave’s ‘Green Eyes’ lyric, which he convincingly argues is the lyric most suited to such a poetic analysis. Wolfe, a blogger with long-standing interest in both Cave and his past collaborator, Blixa Bargeld, contributes a fascinating survey of the appearances of a character she denotes the ‘Loverman’ in Cave’s work. Focusing on the depiction of this character in the official music videos, Wolfe identifies an uncanny maturation of the Loverman motif, almost unerringly assisted or provoked by the presence of Bargeld. Regardless of whether the reader completely agrees with this psycho-mythic reading, the detailed scrutiny of mise en scène here is impressive and wonderfully thought-provoking.
– Karen Welberry, January 9, 2012, (extracted from full review at Lonely Little Cloud )
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