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Also Known As: Nick Cave & The Dirty Three, Nicholas Edward Cave Died:
Born: September 22, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Warracknabeal, Victoria, AU Profession:

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It was indeed rare for any artist to crossover from one medium to the next, let alone several, and be accomplished in all. But Nick Cave, lead singer and songwriter for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, a band that rose out of the punk era to produce some of Australia's more bleak and soul-sucking music, transcended his role as gyrating front man to become a published author and compelling screenwriter. Already penning literate and profound lyrics, Cave found the transition to writing books and movies relatively smooth, thanks to a childhood spent reading literature and the Bible. The latter was the most profound influence on his life and his work - one can hear ech s of the Good Book in his lyrics, even at a cursory listen. Not that Cave actively preached the Word to the spike-haired masses - a decades-long heroin addiction kept him far off the righteous path - but he did allow religion to seep into his music for the sake of artistry, expressing the inherent contradictions between his faith and the life he had lead.

It was indeed rare for any artist to crossover from one medium to the next, let alone several, and be accomplished in all. But Nick Cave, lead singer and songwriter for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, a band that rose out of the punk era to produce some of Australia's more bleak and soul-sucking music, transcended his role as gyrating front man to become a published author and compelling screenwriter. Already penning literate and profound lyrics, Cave found the transition to writing books and movies relatively smooth, thanks to a childhood spent reading literature and the Bible. The latter was the most profound influence on his life and his work - one can hear ech s of the Good Book in his lyrics, even at a cursory listen. Not that Cave actively preached the Word to the spike-haired masses - a decades-long heroin addiction kept him far off the righteous path - but he did allow religion to seep into his music for the sake of artistry, expressing the inherent contradictions between his faith and the life he had lead.

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 Glastonbury (2006)
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 Proposition, The (2005)
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 Jonas in the Desert (1994) Himself
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 Dandy (1992)
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Formed his first band the Boys Next Door; later renamed The Birthday Party
1981:
Released debut album by The Birthday Party titled <i>Prayers on Fire<i>
1983:
The Birthday Party played their last concert
1984:
Formed new band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds; released debut album <i>From Her to Eternity</i>
1987:
Appeared as himself in the German film "Wings of Desire"
1988:
Published first book <i>King Ink</i>, a collection of lyrics and plays, including several collaborations with celebrated punk performer Lydia Lunch
1988:
Made feature film acting and screenwriting debut with the prison drama "Ghosts of the Civil Dead"
1991:
Cast in a supporting role opposite Brad Pitt in "Johnny Suede"
1996:
Published another collection of lyrics and essays <i>King Ink II</i>
2005:
Wrote screenplay for "The Proposition," starring Guy Pearce and Richard Wilson
2006:
Formed the garage rock band Grinderman
2007:
Played a saloon singer in the historical crime drama "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," starring Pitt and Casey Affleck
2012:
Wrote screenplay for "Lawless," a Depression-era Western based on a novel by Matt Bondurant
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