The Weekend Australian - Review - - Books -


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).

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