And the winners are…

The winning numbers, reading from left to right, across the columns: 100 – 21 – 53.
(Number 14 was not chosen, so we picked the next two numbers in the sequence.)

Congratulations to the winners! Each of you will receive a copy of: A Little History: Photographs of Nick Cave & Cohorts 1981-2013 by Bleddyn Butcher.  I will email each of the winners to confirm, and will then forward your names and mailing addresses, along with your entry forms, to Clare Drysdale at Allen & Unwin’s London office.  She will organize the rest.

Thanks for participating, everyone!  It was fun to host this giveaway.

Here is the random number sequence generated on Sep 3, 2014. Click for larger view.



A Little History: Photographs of Nick Cave & Cohorts 1981-2013 by Bleddyn Butcher

A Little History: Photographs of Nick Cave & Cohorts 1981-2013 by Bleddyn Butcher
Out:  Sept 4th 2014.  Published by Allen & Unwin.  In stock at

Australian photographer Bleddyn Butcher has spent more than thirty years chronicling a legend.  Nick himself describes Bleddyn’s photos as ‘the props around which my memories collect.’ It’s understandable, considering Bleddyn’s uncanny timing, as when Bob Dylan showed up at Nick’s trailer at Glastonbury. Over the years, Bleddyn Butcher has made his bones as the quintessential Cave documentarian.  He has produced the most iconic images of Nick Cave ever photographed, the best of which are assembled in A Little History: Photographs of Nick Cave & Cohorts 1981-2013.

Every picture has a story attached, and Bleddyn recounts the behind the scenes details with a gleeful, dry wit (and a healthy respect for his subjects) that I think everyone will appreciate. In one story from the Berlin years, Bleddyn is at the Risiko with Nick and some friends. Blixa proceeds to set fire to Bleddyn’s brandy. In another, Bleddyn describes nearly falling out a window while trying to shoot the tight space of Eucrid’s lair at Yorckstrasse.  In another, he waits all day in the large ballroom at Hansa Studios, watching the natural light fade. In walks Nick, well after dark. Bleddyn sets up his light, and asks him to sit at the piano.  The result is the iconic silhouette of Cave bent over the baby grand at Hansa Studios, which for me, evokes the sorrowful essence of Your Funeral, My Trial. Indeed, flipping through the pages of ‘A Little History’ is like a watching a Kinetoscope of Nick Cave’s career, with a soundtrack running in your head. All of the cohorts and collaborators of the past thirty-odd years are represented, in what Nick Cave calls, a “book of rescued moments.”

A LITTLE HISTORY is a stunning collection of 100 photographs. The jacket cover photo is a well-chosen portrait of Nick during ‘The Singer’ period. The flip side of the jacket reveals a hidden poster of Nick, in his Maynard guise. And that’s just for starters. A LITTLE HISTORY will be equally prized by Cave aficionados and those who appreciate fine photography. It is the perfect coffee table book for Autumn 2014 and X-mas gifting. In stock now at

Review by Morgan Wolfe for Nick Cave Fixes blog, September 4, 2014.

View Nick Cave’s career in pictures , a set of Bleddyn Butcher’s iconic images.

Below, The Birthday Party performimg at The Moonlight Club, North London. October 1981.

Photograph by Bleddyn Butcher.  All rights reserved by artist.

The Birthday Party, LONDON OCT 1981. Photograph by Bleddyn Butcher

‘The band was an unruly beast, champing at every bit, straining at every leash.

Everyone had an opinion; they all had to be heard.’

-Bleddyn Butcher

A Little History: Photographs of Nick Cave & Cohorts 1981-2013

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London Exhibition – Photographs by Bleddyn Butcher

From September 4th till the 28th, Somerset House in London – United Kingdom will host an exhibition of Nick Cave photographs taken by Bleddyn Butcher. The exhibition will cover the period of 1981 to 2013 and will also coincide with the release of the the book: A Little History – Photographs of Nick Cave and Cohorts.

Entrance to the exhibition is free. For all practical information see the official website.

The book is available to pre-order on Amazon (UK) for £17.

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