Following the success of 2017’s critically acclaimed graphic novel Nick Cave: Mercy on Me, award winning Reinhard Kleist is back in 2018 with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: An Art Book. The previous, glorious international bestseller was endorsed by the main man himself, stating the novel was “closer to the truth than any biography, that’s for sure.” And Nick’s thoughts on Kleist’s latest works? “A complex, chilling and completely bizarre journey into Cave World.” You cannot argue with that.
Presented in an LP sized hardback, the book provides visually stunning and dark perspectives into Nick Cave’s career on wax, stage and beyond. Stagger Lee, The Good Son and Deanna are given a comic book reimagining against vast full colour portraits alongside brush pen sketches from the German artist’s warped mind.
I wouldn’t say I’m a Nick Cave fanboy or anything but three weeks ago I named my new-born daughter Eliza Rose. There were no connotations towards Murder Ballads, honest! As Tender Prey spins on the turntable, coffee after coffee follows cigarette after cigarette, and I’m lost in Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: An Art Book – a coffee table book par excellence for any disturbed and discerning music connoisseur. Ginge Knievil