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Somewhere between The Wasteland and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas , Nick Cave's new book is a hellhound road trip into the American soul
The lead singer of The Birthday Party, The Bad Seeds and Grinderman, Cave has been performing music for more than 30 years. He has collaborated with Kylie Minogue, PJ Harvey and many others. As well as working with Warren Ellis on the soundtrack for the film of The Road by Cormac McCarthy and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, he also wrote the screenplay for the film The Proposition. His debut novel, And the Ass Saw the Angel, was published in 1989 and was followed by the internationally bestselling The Death of Bunny Munro in 2009. Born in Australia, Cave now lives in Brighton.
* An epic narrative poem about his travels across North America ... Cave is experimenting with a new literary form - a mash-up of prose, poetry, song lyrics and autobiography New York Times * Lyrical, hallucinatory and laced with sly wit, The Sick Bag Song is a revelation and a pleasure -- Hari Kunzru * Mad and amazing -- Ian Rankin * Nick Cave goes the distance with The Sick Bag Song LA Times * Far from your typical diary; snapshots of mundane reality (traffic jams, reading in a park) melt into disturbing visions peppered with flashbacks from his childhood. There are heated exchanges between Cave and his muses, and unsettling encounters with a few of his musical heroes (Bryan Ferry, Bob Dylan) that cause Cave to ponder the "vampiric" nature of creativity Rolling Stone * The narrator's obsessive thoughts about his young self facing death juxtaposed with the illusions of fame ... offer an interesting perspective on mortality Sunday Herald * The stories twist and turn like mad dash through the dark forest that is Nick Caves imagination. It's very revealing, but I guess it's too dreamlike to be called a diary or journal, and yet I came away understanding more about Nick Cave than ever -- Tom Odell * Biblical, slightly manic and distinctly berserk; it's also touching, poignant and utterly absorbing -- Jason Steger The Age