Item description for The Life And Music Of Nick Cave by Maximilian Dax...
The book covers and combines both the personal development of the person Nick Cave and the history of his career. To a large extent, Nick Caves biography records and represents an entire generation and its attitudes towards life. The book is meant to depict parts of the puzzle Nick Cave, places them in their chronological biographical context and deals with deeper-going questions. Next to the text passages the book works with approx. 50% visuals - concert, band, back-stage and private photos. A comprehensive collage with newspaper cuttings with as much unpublished photographic material as possible and the artist's drawings which have never before been published shed a completely new unusual light on the person Nick Cave.
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The Life and Music of Nick Cave Feb 8, 2008
I enjoyed the book but I found it hard to read because of the tiny font and the actual physical size of the book made it rather awkward to handle. I think the book would have been enhanced if the photos had had a description of who the people are, where they were taken and what context the photo was in.
A Lovely Visual Coffee Table Book Jan 12, 2007
While I haven't delved too deeply into the text, from what I can tell, it leaves a bit to be desired. The written portion of the book isn't too specific and reads like a bland list of what Nick did each year.
However, the reason I bought this book, and the reason I give it four stars anyway, is because of the photographs. The photos are beautiful, chronicling Nick Cave's early years up to just a few years ago. The book is a good, large size, with plenty of photos to suit many Cave fans. If you're looking for a decent written history, I'd look elsewhere, but if it's photos you want, this is definitely worth the money.
A very good book with poor binding Jun 13, 2005
Poor binding. The pages just fell off. I don't know if it's just my copy. Great pictures though, and a nice, concise biography.
Only Somewhat Informative, But Great Pics Dec 31, 2002
I suppose I expected a little more meat in a book of this scope, but in the world of pop music writing substance is often way down the list. The authors give an overview of Cave's early life and how he came to be involved in music. It does a fairly good job of charting the formation of his first bands, the move to London, the making of the Birthday Party, the years in Berlin, then Cave's meteoric rise at the helm of the Bad Seeds. But overall, the book is only mildly informative and skips around incoherently at times. The quality of the writing is spotty but it still manages to convey some sense of the man and his motivations. What I didn't like about the book was the author taking a couple of gratuitous cracks at Margaret Thatcher. What does Thatcher have to do with a book about Nick Cave? And do the authors assume that all Nick Cave fans dislike her for some reason? Straying from the subject can be dangerous and in this case is a distraction from the reader gaining an increased understanding of Nick Cave and his music. What I did like was the photography. The book is packed with great shots of Cave, his friends, family, and colleagues in a variety of situations. If you are a serious fan of Cave's, the book is worth the price for the pics alone.
The Method in His Madness- Meet Nick Cave Oct 21, 2001
Artist? Hedonist? Rock n Roller? This book reveals Nick as all of these, and yet with his integrity intact. The book places him on his deserved pedestal but still manages to dish up dirt, as told by Nick's detractors from the fickle media circus of the '80s. After reading of his battles and struggles - artistically and with his own demons, I enjoyed his music even more knowing he worked damn hard to be heard. The book sheds light on what he was up against. Filled with intimate photo portraits and quotes from Nick's friends, "Life and Music..." is a lovely biography that leaves you informed, but wanting much more. A lot of the copy is dedicated to disography. I wished for more insight into his personal life, psychologically. Physically, the book is huge and loosely bound, feeling unstable,ready to spill. Much like The Cavester himself perhaps. 4 stars for lack of much interview with Cave personally. But 4 stars for a satisfying peek into his world.