He goes by the moniker Prince of Darkness; a gothic prophet whose music is a vortex into a lurid, hellish world pregnant with inevitability…

His voice wavers, rises, and falls through stories that are at once nightmarish and romantic. Who else but Nick Cave?

“Hands up, who wants to die?” a young Nick Cave screeches, his face partially hidden beneath a spiked-up-and-scruffy mess of jet black hair. It’s 1983, and he’s the lead of post-punk band The Birthday Party; the band to preclude Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, his most famed music venture.

Over thirty years later, Cave still stands proud on stage: only now, his hair is slicked-back. This extraordinary career has spurned a distinctive canon with astounding range, yoked together through themes of death, horror, violence, love, and fear. But Cave’s true legacy lies in the challenge he poses to orators, musicians, and storytellers alike to meld their crafts as ferociously and conscientiously as in his work. Whatever you make of him — Cave is indiscreet with his feelings on fame — narrowing his work by genre or comparison simply isn’t possible.

There are few musicians to claim iconic status with a career as long, varied, or curious.

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