The Sick Bag Song

Nick Cave

Don't let them make you feel stupid, just because you are happy to play down in the dark with your flashlight. The mystical world depends on you and your tolerance for the absurd. Be strong, my darling ones, and believe!
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Somewhere between The Wasteland and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas , Nick Cave’s The Sick Bag Song is a hellhound road trip into the American soul

The Sick Bag Song chronicles Cave’s journey with his band the Bad Seeds on a twenty-two-day North American tour. It is a highly personal account that blends memories, musings, poetry, lyrics, flights of fancy and road journal.

Drawing inspiration from Leonard Cohen, John Berryman, Patti Smith, Sharon Olds, folk ballads and ancient texts, The Sick Bag Song takes the form of an epic quest, turning over questions of inspiration, creativity, loss, death and romantic love. It is also a companion piece to his feature documentary 20,000 Days on Earth. The Sick Bag Song explores and develops the mystique of Nick Cave.

“About as rock’n’roll as you can get … [The Sick Bag Song] is shot through with fantasy, fiction, apocalyptic musings and tall stories”
the Sunday Times

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“An epic narrative poem about his travels across North America … Cave is experimenting with a new literary form - a mash-up of prose, poetry, song lyrics and autobiography”
new York Times

“Part tour diary and part free-ranging rumination on the business of performance. Capture[s] the mind-frazzling disorientation of ‘the road’”

“A page turning mash up from the prince of darkness”

“Lyrical, hallucinatory and laced with sly wit, The Sick Bag Song is a revelation and a pleasure”
Hari Kunzru

Nick Cave

The lead singer of The Birthday Party, The Bad Seeds and Grinderman, Nick Cave has been performing music for more than 30 years. He has collaborated with Kylie Minogue, PJ Harvey and many others. As well as working with Warren Ellis on the soundtrack for the film of The Road by Cormac McCarthy and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, he also wrote the screenplay for the film The Proposition. His debut novel, And the Ass Saw the Angel, was published in 1989 and was followed by the internationally bestselling The Death of Bunny Munro in 2009.

Born in Australia, Cave now lives in Brighton.

The Sick Bag Song is an exploration of love, inspiration and memory shaped around the events of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 2014 tour of North America.

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