The Art of Nick Cave: New Critical Essays

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John H. Baker
Intellect Books, 2013 - Music - 282 pages

Known for his work as a performer and songwriter with the Birthday Party, the Bad Seeds and Grinderman, Australian artist Nick Cave has also pursued a variety of other projects, including writing and acting. Covering the full range of Cave's creative endeavors, this collection of critical essays provides a comprehensive overview of his multifaceted career. The contributors, who hail from an array of disciplines, consider Cave's work from many different angles, drawing on historical, psychological, pedagogical, and generic perspectives. Illuminating the remarkable scope of Cave's achievements, they explore his career as a composer of film scores, scriptwriter, and performer, most strikingly in Ghosts of the Civil Dead; his work in theater; and his literary output, which includes the novels And the Ass Saw the Angel and The Death of Bunny Munro, as well as two collections of prose. Together, the resulting essays provide a lucid overview of Nick Cave's work that will orient students and fans while offering fresh insights sure to deepen even expert perspectives.

 

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Contents

Cave the Songwriter
9
Into My Arms Themes of Desire and Spirituality in The Boatmans Call
11
The Performance of Voice Nick Cave and the Dialectic of Abandonment
27
The College Professor Says It Using Nick Caves Lyrics in the University Classroom
45
A Beautiful Evil Thing The Music of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
61
Murder Ballads
77
ExecutionerStyle Nick Cave and the Murder Ballad Tradition
79
In Praise of Flatout Meanness Nick Caves Stagger Lee
97
Influences
173
Nick Cave and Gothic Ghost Stories Fucked Organs Spectral Liturgy
175
The Singer and the Song Nick Cave and the Archetypal Function of the Cover Version
189
Nick Cave The Spirit of the Duende and the Sound of the Rent Heart
203
Sacred and Profane
217
There is a Kingdom Nick Cave Christian Artist?
219
The Time of Our Great Undoing Love Madness Catastrophe and the Secret Afterlife of Romanticism in Nick Caves Love Songs
239
From Cute Cunts to No Pussy Sexuality Sovereignty and the Sacred
261

Film and Theatre
113
You Wont Want the Moment to End Nick Cave in the Theatre from King Ink to Collaborating with Vesturport
115
Welcome to Hell Nick Cave and Ghosts of the Civil Dead
137
People Just Aint No Good Nick Caves Noir Western The Proposition
155
Notes on Contributors
277
Back Cover
283
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John H. Baker is a lecturer in English literature at the University of Westminster.

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