photographer Bleddyn Butcher documents the extraordinary career to date of Australian singer-songwriter Nick Cave, from the wild, post-punk early years of the Birthday Party to, as Sean O’Hagan writes in a prologue, “the blossoming and maturity’’ of the Bad Seeds and “the altogether more feverish entity’’ that is Grinderman. The book, O’Hagan says, “is a long look at Nick Cave ... 30-odd years in creative motion’’. The title is taken from the Bad Seeds’ 1990 hit
“Come sail your ships around me / And burn your bridges down / We make a little history, baby / Every time you come around.’’
by Bleddyn Butcher, is published next week by Allen & Unwin (160pp, $49.99 hardback).