Publication date: 07 Sep 2017
Author: Reinhard Kleist
Musician, novelist, poet, actor: Nick Cave (b. 1957) is a Renaissance man. His wide-ranging artistic outputalways uncompromising, hypnotic, and intenseis defined by an extraordinary gift for storytelling. In Nick Cave: Mercy on Me, Reinhard Kleist employs a cast of characters drawn from Caves music and writing to tell the story of a formidable artist and influencer. Kleist paints an expressive and enthralling portrait of Caves childhood in Australia; his early years fronting The Birthday Party; the sublime highs of his success with The Bad Seeds; and the crippling lows of his battle with heroin. Capturing everything from Caves frenzied performances in Berlin to the tender moments he spent with love and muse Anita Lane, Kleists graphic biography, like Caves songs, is by turns electrifying, sentimental, morbid, and comicbut always engrossing.